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Entries Categorized as 'Education'

Party-Switching Hennessey Resigns From School Board

May 25th, 2016 · 83 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Elected as a Democrat and recently becoming a Republican, Dave Hennessey has resigned from the Board of Education. He was part of a coalition that defeated the endorsed Democrats for school board in 2013 and served as board chair. It’s been, to say the least, a contentious Board of Education in recent years.

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Bridgeport Graduation Rate Down

May 24th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Education, News and Events

While Governor Dan Malloy touted a record-high state graduation rate the other day, the state’s largest city still lags way behind. CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck has more:

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This Way To The Easel–Third Graders Quiz Mayor Joe And We Learn Something

May 23rd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, City Budget, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

Leave it to third graders to ask the most basic–but to the point–questions. Do you get mad? What did you want to be growing up? Is it hard being a mayor? Third graders at Dunbar School visited the mayor’s office on Monday. In addition to their questions we learned what Mayor Joe Ganim is working […]

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Malloy Claims Graduation Rates Hit Record High

May 23rd, 2016 · 3 Comments · Education, News and Events

News release from Governor Dan Malloy: Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell today announced that graduation rates in the state reached a record high in 2015–hitting 87.2 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 82.3 percent.

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Pereira: “Absolutely Not For Sale–EVER!” Challenges Stallworth In Legislative Run

May 21st, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The banner affixed the window of Maria Pereira’s Upper East Side campaign headquarters says it all: “Absolutely not for sale–EVER!” Reaching deep into Bridgeport’s rich political history that includes a showman named Barnum and a mayoral Socialist named McLevy, it’s hard to find a figure who elicits in such a short time as much passion […]

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‘Connecticut’s Shame: In One Of America’s Richest Counties, A High School Has Been Failing For 50 Years’

May 19th, 2016 · 13 Comments · Education, News and Events

Sobering read from Naomi Nix of 74 Million, an education website devoted to the 74 million children under 18 in America. Her piece focuses on Bassick High School’s failures just minutes from some of the wealthiest suburbs in the country.

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City Council Passes Budget Contingent On State Spending

May 10th, 2016 · 54 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The Bridgeport City Council Monday night unanimously approved a city spending plan of roughly $550 million that includes a $1.5 million contingency for additional education funds depending on the state budget that awaits a vote in a Thursday special session. Mayor Joe Ganim had proposed a $560 million budget that flat funded school spending.

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College Chiefs Assert City School Board Is Dysfunctional

May 9th, 2016 · 32 Comments · Education, News and Events

When a majority on the Bridgeport Board of Education threw in the towel in the summer of 2011 and asked the Connecticut Board of Education to step in to take control of city schools, dysfunction on the local board was one reason cited. The Connecticut Supreme Court eventually reversed the decision for the state to […]

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