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Entries Categorized as 'Education'

The Challenge Of Funding Schools

April 23rd, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Election years are generally all about taxes and the budget. Mayor Bill Finch has submitted a $532 million no-tax-increase spending plan to the City Council. Is enough being done to fully fund city schools? Superintendent of Schools Fran Rabinowitz addressed the council on Wednesday.

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Bridgeport Parent Makes Pitch For Charter School Funding

April 22nd, 2015 · 8 Comments · Education, News and Events

As the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee considers funds for public education, the charter school advocacy group The Coalition For Every Child has released a new video featuring a city parent urging funding for the proposed Capital Prep Harbor charter school.

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‘Burning The Bridge To Save It’–Repentant Reformer Talks Education

April 9th, 2015 · 5 Comments · Education, News and Events

Jorge Cabrera whose recent buyer’s remorse essay excoriated the charter school reform movement shared some additional thoughts with public education advocate Jennifer Berkshire who hosts the EduShyster website. He addresses the partnership of several organizations in the cause of expanding charter schools that receive public funds but run independently of traditional school districts.

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OIB Correspondent Jim Callahan Struggles For Life, But Not Perspective On Life–A Journalist’s Journey

April 8th, 2015 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

Jim Callahan is among the last of the two-fisted journalists who can turn a phrase and complement it with his own photograph. Raised in a family of nine children, he was a kid from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania–growly, disheveled, outspoken, sweet, sour–who arrived in Bridgeport in the late 1970s geared up to take on politicians, […]

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Finch Proposes No Tax Increase In Election Year, Primary On The Horizon

April 7th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

Mayor Bill Finch has submitted an election-year budget to the City Council that holds the line on taxes in a spending plan of $532 million that promises no layoffs. Finch says a modest increase in the grand list of taxable property will hold the proposed mil rate at the current level of 42.19 despite total […]

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Fairfield U Hosts Forum On Education Reform Battle

March 29th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Education, News and Events

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Two-Year Moratorium On Charter Schools Rejected

March 28th, 2015 · 15 Comments · Education, News and Events

Bridgeport is often at the center of debate over publicly funded charter schools that run independent of traditional neighborhood schools. Opponents to charter schools argue they siphon funds from education districts. Statement from Jennifer Alexander, chief executive officer of pro-charter school organization ConnCAN: Today (Friday), the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Education proceeded with […]

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‘Manipulative And Deceitful Political Moves’ To Control City Schools, Cabrera Reveals Radical Policies To Privatize Public Education

March 27th, 2015 · 23 Comments · Education, News and Events

Jorge Cabrera, who worked for the pro-charter school organization Excel Bridgeport, blows the lid off Bridgeport’s “education reform movement” in a buyer’s remorse commentary titled “A Repentant Reformer’s Reflections.” He writes about wealthy interests, cultish Ivy Leaguers, pricey New York consultants and radical policies influencing control of public education through his former employer Excel Bridgeport. […]

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