Working Families Party candidates for Board of Education John Bagley and Barbara Pouchet issued the following statement for Tuesday’s special election vote:
Remember to vote. This is a critical election. It’s not just about who will be on the Board of Education, it’s also about whether we’ll have elections for the Board of Education in the future. We think it’s important that parents and citizens in Bridgeport have a voice in running their own schools. That’s why we opposed the illegal state takeover of our schools, and that’s why we’re against the ballot initiative granting the Mayor the power to appoint the Board. Both these plans are about taking power away from parents, educators, and voters, and handing it over to bankers and CEOs.
While some politicians have given up on Bridgeport schools, we think there is every reason to expect success for our students. That’s why we’ll pursue success for all our public schools, instead of funneling dollars into private charter schools that can pick and choose the students they want. In order for students to succeed, we need to give all children the support and resources they need, so we’ll make sure special education programs are fully funded. We’ll also work to incorporate more extracurricular programs into our schools. And unlike appointed boards, we’ll demand fiscal accountability and transparency in our school system, so we can be sure that our money is actually going to the classroom.
If you send us to the Board of Education, we’ll make sure you have a voice. We’ll get parents engaged in the schools by reaching out and organizing the community. And we’ll create programs to help adults with reading, job training, and other skills so that the whole family is empowered and prepared to succeed. Parents know what their kids need, and that’s why we’ll always listen to parents.
What we’ve seen from the Democrats currently sitting on the illegal board has been bad for our city and bad for our schools: Administrators making a quarter of a million dollars, no-bid contracts going to the superintendent’s friends and business partners, and cuts to school programs including those for special needs children–none of these things bring fiscal accountability and they don’t help our children learn.
So if you believe you should have a voice on Bridgeport’s Board of Education, and aren’t willing to give up on our students, remember to vote for us, John Bagley and Barbara Pouchet, on Row C. Vote row C for our Children.