Preceding Thursday’s larger rally set for the State Capitol, about a dozen Bridgeport parents gathered in City Hall Park in Bridgeport on Monday, demanding that state legislators restore funding for new charter school seats. As reported earlier, the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee advanced a biennial budget plan last week that eliminated $20.9 million in funding… Continue reading Bridgeport Parents Denounce Cuts To Charter Schools Funding
Wendy Lecker, lawyer and sometimes columnist for the Stamford Advocate, must have a serious case of selective hearing. That’s the only way to explain such glaring omissions in her recent article about the State Board of Education’s decision to approve two new charter schools in Bridgeport. True to form, Lecker only acknowledged those who agreed… Continue reading State Board Not Tone-Deaf; Lecker Clearly has Selective Hearing
Let’s set the record straight. Charter schools do not funnel money away from local school districts. That is state law. In fact, state law allows districts like Bridgeport to collect money for students who attend charters, meaning they are paid to educate students they do not educate. That is enshrined in statute. Bridgeport BOE Chairwoman… Continue reading Is Bridgeport’s Chair Baraka Ignorant of the Laws Governing Charter Schools?
Shouting isn’t the only way to send a message—over 4000 parents are sending a silent, yet, profound message in Hartford, where 4272 students are on the waiting list for Capital Prep. To put that number into perspective, Capital Prep has over 1000 more students on their waiting list than any other school in Hartford. If… Continue reading Waiting List Data Shows High Parent Demand for Expansion of Capital Prep
The Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile released a letter today urging the state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor to allow Dr. Steve Perry to expand his successful school model to Bridgeport. Next Wednesday the state Board of Education will vote on several charter school applications, including Capital Prep Harbor School, set to open in Bridgeport… Continue reading NAACP Supports Capital Prep Harbor School
The reality of Dr. Steve Perry’s Capital Prep is that the school is on par with Hartford’s best. A month ago Jon Pelto published a bogus blog post that accused Perry of lying about his school’s success, claiming African American students at Capital Prep did worse than their district counterparts. The trouble is, he didn’t… Continue reading The Truth About Capital Prep: African American Students Outperform Their Home District
I received an email this afternoon from the Northeast Charter School Network, a non-profit advocacy group that is urging parents and advocates to call, text, or email the Governor’s and State School Board office. Here is an excerpt from the email which links to an easy way to contact our state officials: Follow this link… Continue reading Let our Leaders Know Bridgeport Students Deserve Better!
Question: Theoretically, if a board of education chairwoman rallies constituents to lobby the state Board of Education at the state capitol, could that be illegal? Bridgeport Board of Education Chairwoman Sauda Baraka did exactly that last night when she used her position as a bully pulpit against two proposed public charter schools. It’s unethical, sure.… Continue reading Baraka Crosses the Line in Her Anti-Charter Rhetoric
The rabid hecklers at last Tuesday night’s state-led public hearing on Capital Prep Harbor School were extremely confused. That, or they resorted to the same old tactic of lying and misinformation. Inexplicably, the sheep were baa-ing in favor of magnet schools, while voicing opposition to charters, because … well, I’m not sure why. The anti-charter… Continue reading Hypocrisy at Its Finest: Hecklers at Charter School Hearing Get Their Facts Backwards
Among the wild shenanigans at last night’s charter school public hearing, a Working Families Party plant, District PAC president Tammy Boyle, could be seen coaching young students as they testified against Dr. Steve Perry’s application to launch the Capital Prep Harbor School. Really? Feeding students words to support your agenda? This is wrong… Continue reading Manipulation Gets Obvious at Charter School Hearing