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Entries Categorized as 'Education'

Battle Lines Drawn Between Education Advocates Pereira And Martinez

January 19th, 2017 · 24 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

School board member Maria Pereira and education advocate Jessica Martinez are high octane personalities with decidedly different mantras about the direction of the education system for Connecticut’s largest city. Pereira is a staunch protectionist of the local district, Martinez a proponent of charter schools that receive public funds but operate independently of traditional school districts. […]

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For Students, Education Culture Shock Westport To Bridgeport

January 17th, 2017 · 9 Comments · Education, News and Events

Dan Woog has written about Westport (and many other subjects) for decades. In a new Woog column, Westport students chronicle the educational disparity with Bridgeport just miles away; two dramatically different worlds, one of sushi, the other of chicken fingers; multiple paraprofessionals in Westport classrooms versus, sometimes, just one for an entire Bridgeport school. There […]

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Is Bridgeport Scalping The ‘Burbs Over Education Tuition, Or Charging Fair Share?

December 30th, 2016 · 64 Comments · Education, News and Events

The suburbs send Bridgeport their garbage, sewage, sick and homeless. Sometimes there’s a quantified charge for those services. Sometimes not. Suburban students also attend regional magnet schools located in the city. Stratford’s Board of Education has hired legal firebrand Norm Pattis, who’s been involved in Bridgeport legal fights for years, to challenge Bridgeport’s magnet school […]

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2017 Key Year For City Council, School Board And Ganim

December 28th, 2016 · 63 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

Who says the off-cycle 2017 election season will be a yawner? We posed this question four years ago–the last municipal off-season campaign year–and it was a screamer. All endorsed Democrats for City Council and Board of Education were flamed in primaries, part of it electors’ disgust for the political establishment. What’s on tap come new […]

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Will State Legislature Actually Do Something About School Funding Inequality?

December 27th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Education, News and Events

Connecticut Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled in September that the state’s public education funding formula was irrational with the state “defaulting on its constitutional duty” to provide all students equal education. Bridgeport was cited several times in his decision, including how the state has shifted money from the city to wealthier communities.

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Merry Christmas! City To Pereira: Accept Our Lawyer Or Pay Personally To Defend Human Rights Complaints

December 23rd, 2016 · 47 Comments · Education, News and Events

If Board of Education member Maria Pereira chooses her own legal counsel to defend complaints filed against her with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities she must pay for those services out of her own pocket, according to City Attorney R. Christopher Meyer who notified her that the city has retained the Hartford-based […]

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Did Rabinowitz Orchestrate State Human Rights Complaints Filed Against Pereira?

December 20th, 2016 · 95 Comments · Education, News and Events

Board of Education member Maria Pereira is fending off four complaints, including one by outgoing acting school chief Fran Rabinowitz, filed with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities alleging discrimination based on race. All four complainants are white females. Pereira is a white female. Rabinowitz, 67, also claims age discrimination. Pereira asserts the […]

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Construction Of New High School To Replace Harding Advances, Projected Completion Early 2018

December 20th, 2016 · 7 Comments · Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Years in the making, city officials say construction for a new school off Boston Avenue to replace the decaying Harding High School is progressing with an anticipated completion date of March 2018 for the $106 million project. The state will cover 78.21 percent of the cost on roughly 17 acres formerly owned by General Electric that […]

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