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The Search for Bridgeport’s New Interim Superintendent Has Begun

Bridgeport’s Board of Education Interim Superintendent Selection Committee met Monday evening to discuss possible candidates for the position of interim superintendent. Current superintendent Paul Vallas is due to leave the district sometime in mid-February, which gives the board about a month and half to find a temporary replacement. Four names are already on the table:… Continue reading The Search for Bridgeport’s New Interim Superintendent Has Begun

Bridgeport · Students

Editorial: Could the Working Families Party Block Reform?

Superintendent Paul Vallas is on his way out and the new board is on its way in. Will reform efforts continue in Bridgeport? Or will the new board scrap improvements made by Vallas? An interesting editorial in The Day Connecticut examines the Working Families Party’s rise to power and goals moving forward. Here is an… Continue reading Editorial: Could the Working Families Party Block Reform?

Bridgeport · Reform

A Win for Paul Vallas and the Children of Connecticut

In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court ruled to overturn a lower court’s decision to oust Paul Vallas as Superintendent of Bridgeport Schools. In July, Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that Vallas lacked the qualifications to hold the position of superintendent. Vallas’s qualifications were challenged by retired Bridgeport Judge Carmen Lopez and parent… Continue reading A Win for Paul Vallas and the Children of Connecticut

Bridgeport · Budgets · Students

More Proof Unendorsed Dems are Working with WFP

As if you needed any more proof that the unendorsed Democratic candidates were working with the Working Families Party: On Thursday, former Mayoral Candidate Mary-Jane Foster announced she will be hosting a meet and greet for Working Family Party candidates. She’s already hosted one during the primary for the Democratic challenger slate and has been… Continue reading More Proof Unendorsed Dems are Working with WFP

Reform · Students

School Metrics Reveal More Students Staying in District: Is School-Choice Good for District?

The Student Achievement and Special Populations Ad Hoc Committee met Monday to discuss the “district dashboard.” The dashboard was created by former Chief Operating Officer, Don Kennedy. It gives a snapshot of the district over the past three years and includes all sorts of data, including drop-out rates, attendance, suspension and several others. One metric… Continue reading School Metrics Reveal More Students Staying in District: Is School-Choice Good for District?

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Third “State of the Schools” Meeting Will Also Feature Bully Prevention Presentation

About two weeks ago, Superintendents Paul Vallas began a new series of “State of the Schools” community meetings–much like the ones held shortly after he came to the district. So far, Vallas has been to both Jettie S. Tisdale and Black Rock Schools. The third community meeting will be held at Luis Muñoz Marín School… Continue reading Third “State of the Schools” Meeting Will Also Feature Bully Prevention Presentation

Bridgeport · Students

Is It Ok for the BEA Contract to Use the Term “Mentally Retarded Children?”

Mayor Bill Finch told reporters earlier this year that Superintendent Paul Vallas has “never seen a contract as bad as this.” Believe it or not, Vallas may be on to something… I’m not quite sure what part of the contract he was referring to; however, after reviewing the contract myself, I noticed a few lines… Continue reading Is It Ok for the BEA Contract to Use the Term “Mentally Retarded Children?”

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Vallas Meets with Parents During “State of the Schools” Community Meetings

Last week, Superintendent Paul Vallas began a new round of “State of the Schools” community meetings, similar to those held two years ago when Vallas first came to the district. The first was held on Thursday at Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary, and the next will be held at Black Rock School on Thursday at 5:30pm.… Continue reading Vallas Meets with Parents During “State of the Schools” Community Meetings

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Groundbreaking Celebration at the New Roosevelt School Draws a Crowd

Thursday’s groundbreaking celebration drew quite a crowd. Over 200 Roosevelt students, parents, teachers and community members were in attendance. The festivities included performances by Roosevelt’s band, as well as their chorus, who sang “Bridgeport Reach” – A song written by Central High School’s choir about Bridgeport students. Mayor Finch, Superintendent Paul Vallas, and Board of… Continue reading Groundbreaking Celebration at the New Roosevelt School Draws a Crowd