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Baraka Continues to Threaten Security Merger Despite Promising Results

If principals feel schools are safer and if fewer students are being arrested – wouldn’t it stand to reason that the security program is doing something right? Or, at least moving in the right direction? Apparently not to Sauda Baraka. During last Tuesday night’s Bridgeport Board of Education meeting, the former board chair once again… Continue reading Baraka Continues to Threaten Security Merger Despite Promising Results

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Audit of Bridgeport City/BOE Merger Reveals Half A Million in Taxpayer Savings

Long time readers of the blog may remember former Board Chair Sauda Baraka’s crusade to dismantle the district’s facilities and security managerial merger with the city – a feat she would have accomplished if it weren’t for the overwhelming public support of the merger. As it turns out, even the paid consultants that Baraka insisted… Continue reading Audit of Bridgeport City/BOE Merger Reveals Half A Million in Taxpayer Savings

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Bridgeport BOE: Is This the End of Baraka’s Reign?

It appears there is a major power shift coming to the Bridgeport Board of Education when the board votes on its next chair at tonight’s organizational meeting. Last year, the board was taken over by a coalition led and funded by the Working Families Party after union-aligned candidates beat out the endorsed Democratic slate in… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE: Is This the End of Baraka’s Reign?

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Bridgeport Parents Join Rally in New Haven to Demand Excellent Schools for All

Wednesday’s rally may have taken place in front of New Haven’s City Hall, but Bridgeport was well represented. According to the rally’s host, the For Every Child coalition, a third of the nearly 6,000 parents, community leaders and elected officials who packed New Haven’s historic green Wednesday morning traveled from the Park City to urge… Continue reading Bridgeport Parents Join Rally in New Haven to Demand Excellent Schools for All

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BOE Attorney: New Bridgeport Board Member Must be Registered Working Families Party Member

Bridgeport Board of Education Attorney Thomas Mooney has advised the board that the vacancy left by John Bagley must be filled by a member of the Working Families Party based on the state’s minority representation statute. There’s one gigantic problem with that: Who exactly in Bridgeport is a member of the Working Families party? As… Continue reading BOE Attorney: New Bridgeport Board Member Must be Registered Working Families Party Member

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Timeline of John Bagley’s History with Harding High School

The site plan for a new Harding High School was narrowly approved by a 5-4 vote last Monday. While the plan was approved, the fight is not over. There’ll be plenty of chances down the line for detractors on the board to quash the construction project. One of the biggest detractors of the Harding High… Continue reading Timeline of John Bagley’s History with Harding High School

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Bridgeport Board of Education Considering Ending Facilities Merger That Saves The District $1 Million

Despite all logic, it seems the Board of Education’s facilities merger with the city may be on the chopping block once again. The facilities merger, which began in 2012, has saved the school board’s operations budget approximately $1 million. At Monday’s meeting, board member Howard Gardner made several comments about the facilities merger, insisting that… Continue reading Bridgeport Board of Education Considering Ending Facilities Merger That Saves The District $1 Million

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Pereira Now Out of Love With Another Superintendent

Watch out, Fran Rabinowitz. Maria Pereira is out to get you. Though Pereira would like to rewrite history, she and her cronies were responsible for bullying Paul Vallas into leaving the school district. Just a few short months ago, the board hired Fran Rabinowitz to take Vallas’ place, and already she’s done the unthinkable —… Continue reading Pereira Now Out of Love With Another Superintendent

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Pereira Threatens to Sue Bridgeport While Baraka Threatens to Sue Me

The chairwoman of the Bridgeport Board of Education does not want you to know that former Bridgeport Board of Education member and former Working Families Party boss Maria Pereira is threatening to sue the City of Bridgeport. Baraka went so far as to threaten me with a lawsuit if I reported on another threat of… Continue reading Pereira Threatens to Sue Bridgeport While Baraka Threatens to Sue Me

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Bridgeport Student Speaks Out About Conditions at Harding High School

  “A new Harding needs to be built as soon as possible.” This is the message Harding High School student Jequan Norris wanted city officials to hear when he met with them for a roundtable discussion prior to Monday evening’s rally. Norris had previously reached out to the mayor’s office, showing them pictures and video… Continue reading Bridgeport Student Speaks Out About Conditions at Harding High School