Bridgeport · In the State

New Beginnings Family Academy’s Ronelle P. Swagerty Schools Detractors On Charter Innovation

As of late, collaboration between charter schools and traditional public schools has been a big topic of discussion in Connecticut — specifically, whether charters are working as the “laboratories for innovation” that they were meant to be (which, in itself, is debatable). The reason for the sudden uptick in focus is pretty obvious. With the governor announcing… Continue reading New Beginnings Family Academy’s Ronelle P. Swagerty Schools Detractors On Charter Innovation

Students

Are State Republican Leaders Serious? Bridgeport Parents React To GOP Proposed Plan That Could Shut Down Charter Schools

“This proposal is absolutely outrageous and unacceptable,” said outspoken education advocate and Achievement First parent Claudia Phillips. Phillips is upset over a proposal announced by state Republican lawmakers last week that would retroactively cut funding for charter schools by $12.9 million this year. According the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), if passed, this proposal… Continue reading Are State Republican Leaders Serious? Bridgeport Parents React To GOP Proposed Plan That Could Shut Down Charter Schools

Bridgeport · Students

Bruce Ravage: “Charter Schools ARE Real Public Schools”

In Connecticut, charter schools have long been a target of smear campaigns. So, it’s not exactly shocking that attorney-turned-activist Wendy Lecker implied in her latest editorial that charter schools aren’t really public schools. That, however, doesn’t make it any less imperative to dispel these myths. As this blog as illustrated over the past few years,… Continue reading Bruce Ravage: “Charter Schools ARE Real Public Schools”

Students

Bridgeport Parents Fight Back Against Proposed Charter Moratorium

On Thursday morning, more than a dozen Bridgeport parents gathered at Park City Prep Middle School to voice their opposition to a proposed bill that would impose a two-year moratorium on charter schools. Opponents allege that Senate Bill 1096, which is on the agenda for Friday afternoon’s Education Committee meeting, wouldn’t only stop new charter… Continue reading Bridgeport Parents Fight Back Against Proposed Charter Moratorium

Reform

Park City Prep Up for Renewal

According to the Connecticut Post, Park City Prep Charter School, one of Bridgeport’s top performing schools, is up for charter renewal on Wednesday. [Connecticut Post, 12/15/2013] The hearing will be held between 6-8pm on December 18th at City Hall’s Common Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrance. Park City Prep is a state funded public charter school… Continue reading Park City Prep Up for Renewal

Bridgeport · Reform

Park City Prep Charter School Model for Success?

Are Bridgeport public schools failing our children? Critics of education reform tend to blame poverty and external factors as the main reasons students perform poorly in urban school districts. I do not want to discount poverty as a factor, which is certainly an issue that affects school performance. However, it’s clear that we could be… Continue reading Park City Prep Charter School Model for Success?