Finances of Bridgeport’s cash-strapped school district have been exacerbated by the budget chaos in Hartford. With no state budget in place the stunted money flow from Hartford to Bridgeport is forcing local cuts to education services.
From CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck:
The state’s budget crisis is costing the school district many of its reading coaches–even though the city’s students have the worst reading scores in the state.
Some 13 of 28 literacy coaches who used to work with struggling students have been cut from the district’s 2017-18 budget, and that is just the beginning.
Faced with continued uncertainty as the new school year approaches without a budget, some 38 staff positions have already been axed, along with a small alternative high school program and much of the parent center staff. Some of those cut can move into vacant positions, others will get pink slips.
Full story here.