Bridgeport · Students

University Presidents Call Bridgeport Board Of Education Out Over Dysfunction and Then BOE Promptly Proves Them Right

Last Thursday, the Bridgeport Higher Education Association (BHEA) sent a letter to Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzel expressing their concerns over the Bridgeport Board of Education’s dysfunctional behavior. In the letter, signed by Fairfield University President Jeffrey Von Arx, Housatonic Community College President Paul Broadie II, University of Bridgeport President Neil Salonen and Sacred Heart… Continue reading University Presidents Call Bridgeport Board Of Education Out Over Dysfunction and Then BOE Promptly Proves Them Right

Students

Achievement First Parents Speak Out Against Pereira Appointment: “This Is Clearly Not In the Best Interest Of Children”

What exactly does Maria Pereira gain from forcing her way onto Achievement First’s Board of Directors? What are her ulterior motives? These were some of the many questions asked by upset public charter school parents who came out in full force to Bridgeport Board of Education’s Monday night meeting to oppose the appointment of Pereira,… Continue reading Achievement First Parents Speak Out Against Pereira Appointment: “This Is Clearly Not In the Best Interest Of Children”

Students

Word of Warning: Maria Pereira Is The Last Person Who Should Be Advising the BOE

Based on a series of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, it appears that former board member Maria Pereira thinks she runs the place, taking it upon herself to advise the superintendent and others on how the district should be managed. This is not only inappropriate — it’s downright dangerous. Pereira may… Continue reading Word of Warning: Maria Pereira Is The Last Person Who Should Be Advising the BOE

Students

Bridgeport’s Board Of Education Wants Its Own Attorney Because…

File this one under, “Things that make you go ‘hmmm.’” Bridgeport’s Board of Education is looking at the possibility of retaining its own lawyer, instead of using the city’s attorney and contracting out when individual representation is required, as it does currently. The stated purpose is to save the school district some money, but are… Continue reading Bridgeport’s Board Of Education Wants Its Own Attorney Because…

Reform

What Would a Working Families Party Operative Talk About with a BOE Member During a Public Meeting?

As has previously been reported on this blog, Maria Pereira, local chair of Bridgeport’s Working Families Party, may have been caught calling the shots during public Board of Education meetings.[Education Bridgeport, 1/10/2014] Her defense of those actions is not to be believed. Pereira used to be a member of board, but she stepped down to… Continue reading What Would a Working Families Party Operative Talk About with a BOE Member During a Public Meeting?

Bridgeport · Reform

Challenger Slate Rejects Mayor Finch’s Olive Branch

After the endorsed slate lost in the Democratic primary, Mayor Finch offered an olive branch to the victors, inviting them to meet and discuss educational issues. The challenger slate—Dave Hennessey, Howard Gardner and Andre Baker—refused the mayor’s offer. Instead of politely refusing, however, their Working Family Party backers flung baseless accusations about the meeting invitation.… Continue reading Challenger Slate Rejects Mayor Finch’s Olive Branch

Bridgeport · Students

Bridgeport School Board Meeting Ends on Time

For Bridgeport’s Board of Education, ending a school board meeting on time is a historic event. Generally meetings run at least an hour over the time allotted; however, Monday’s board meeting was shorter and quieter than usual— most likely due to the absence of three of the board’s more outspoken members. Board Chair Reverend Kenneth… Continue reading Bridgeport School Board Meeting Ends on Time