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Bridgeport BOE Considering Lawsuit Against State; City

Once again, the Bridgeport Board of Education wants to ligate away their problems. At last night’s board meeting, following the announcement that the district is facing a more than $2.5 million budget gap, newly appointed BOE member Kate Rivera made a motion to “explore suing the state and the city to fully fund our schools.”… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Considering Lawsuit Against State; City

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Bridgeport BOE Still Fighting Over Administrator Hiring Process

It appears the Bridgeport Board of Education is still fighting over who has the power to make final hiring decisions – though this time it wasn’t about Bassick High School’s principal. Howard Gardner and Sauda Baraka seem to think it’s not the Superintendent, despite it being plainly spelled out in the BOE’s certified staff hiring… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Still Fighting Over Administrator Hiring Process

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SIX BOE Members Respond to Gardner’s Temper Tantrum Over Bassick Principal Pick

Whose job is it to run the day-to-day operations of a school district? You’d think this would be a no-brainer for the Bridgeport Board of Education – but incredibility, this question has caused mounting internal strife amongst members. What started as a conflict between Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz and the Bassick High School’s School Governance Council… Continue reading SIX BOE Members Respond to Gardner’s Temper Tantrum Over Bassick Principal Pick

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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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How Can a Bridgeport BOE Committee Spend Money Without A Vote?

The Jettie S. Tisdale community will be happy to hear that last Monday the Bridgeport Board of Education voted 6-0 to “suspend any further work or discussion” of an Memorandum of Understanding that would have placed a public library in their school. However, Bridgeport residents will be less than thrilled to hear that despite the… Continue reading How Can a Bridgeport BOE Committee Spend Money Without A Vote?

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Mayor Finch Commits to Fully Funding the MBR in Cash; Baraka and Gardner Still Not Happy

If it wasn’t already obvious, Bridgeport Board of Education members Sauda Baraka and Howard Gardner made it astoundingly clear that they are more concerned with political showmanship then what’s best for the children of Bridgeport. Though neither are members of the Bridgeport Board of Education’s Finance Committee, the pair spent the greater part of Monday… Continue reading Mayor Finch Commits to Fully Funding the MBR in Cash; Baraka and Gardner Still Not Happy

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Sauda Baraka and BOE Tries to Push Plan To Open Public Library at Tisdale by Silencing Parents

To literally no one’s surprise, members of the Bridgeport Board of Education have once again shown their hypocrisy. Not a year ago, former BOE chairwoman Sauda Baraka was claiming that parents should have an opportunity to speak in school board committee meetings. Now? She is silencing them. Of course, last year she was standing up… Continue reading Sauda Baraka and BOE Tries to Push Plan To Open Public Library at Tisdale by Silencing Parents

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Bridgeport BOE Extends Superintendent Rabinowitz’s Contract & Suspends Search For Permanent Superintendent

After an hour and a half executive session, the Bridgeport Board of Education voted 7-2 to extend Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz’s contract till June 2016. This decision comes after the BOE spent weeks discussing search firm proposals – an effort that will now be suspended. Just in case you were counting, this is the second time… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Extends Superintendent Rabinowitz’s Contract & Suspends Search For Permanent Superintendent

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What is Bridgeport’s BOE Doing to Improve Literacy Education?

Here’s a question: What exactly has the Bridgeport Board of Education done to ensure students are reading on grade level? Unfortunately, the answer is not enough. While the board focused much of their energy last year on a feud with the Mayor’s office and trying to sue the state over charter schools, reading scores dropped… Continue reading What is Bridgeport’s BOE Doing to Improve Literacy Education?