Bridgeport is home to the largest Puerto Rican population in Connecticut. Under federal law, as CT Post scribe Linda Conner Lambeck reports, “displaced students who move to the city must be accepted by the district, and automatically qualify for free school meals, health care, special education and other services.” Superintendent of Schools Aresta Johnson says Bridgeport will make room. “I do understand your concerns over the fiscal conditions that the state is currently facing,” Johnson said. “However that is not at the fault of children.”
Liz Vosques came to Cesar Batalla School on Monday to gather information. She has nieces, nephews and cousins in Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and heard the district might be willing to accept them.
Jeanette Gwynn, who has a son at Bridgeport Military Academy, heard the same thing and came with concerns.
“Why Bridgeport,” asked Gwynn of a school with deep budget woes. “You have to embrace everyone but our city is already so poor we can barely take care of students in own school. Why not pick a richer city.”
Schools Superintendent Aresta Johnson told a full cafeteria of parents, kids and staff members that district money problems aside, the district would open its doors to any student from Puerto Rico who moves in with relatives here.
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