The education reform group Excel Bridgeport www.excelbridgeport.com has released its latest video featuring several city parents in support of a yes vote for the Nov. 6 charter question that if approved by voters will empower Mayor Bill Finch to appoint school board members. Advocates on both sides of the charter question have launched an intense flow of information to city voters that includes mail, radio, online news sites, social media and canvassers.
Excel Bridgeport is running an independent outreach operation complementing the efforts of Residents For A Better Bridgeport, the political action committee framing a yes vote to electors on behalf of Mayor Bill Finch.
In addition, Students First, the education advocacy group started by Michelle Rhee, has 65 paid canvassers on the ground promoting a yes vote. That’s a mighty number of ground operatives touching voters.
By the time election day hits the combined financial forces of the political action committee, Students First and Excel Bridgeport could eclipse $500,000 pushing a yes vote. That’s a lot of scratch.
Opposition forces under the umbrella of www.protectourvotingrights.wordpress.com also has city canvassers compiling a list of no voters for a Nov. 6 election day pull. The No coalition includes the Bridgeport Education Association, Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, the Connecticut Working Families Party and Connecticut Citizens Action Group. They’re framing the ballot question as an anti-democratic power grab.