With the election just days away the charges and counter charges over the Nov. 6 charter question will intensify. From Parents for Progress:
BRIDGEPORT PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS EXPOSE OUTSIDE INTEREST GROUP TRYING TO HIJACK TUESDAY’S CHARTER REVISION VOTE
“Coalition to Protect a Broken School System” misleads parents with false claims and inauthentic support
An outside interest group is misleading Bridgeport voters about Tuesday’s charter revision referendum and threatening to reverse the progress the city’s public schools are making, a group of Bridgeport public school parents said today.
Parents for Progress, who strongly support Tuesday’s referendum to keep public school progress going, today called out the group that should be known as the “Coalition to Protect a Broken School System” as a hypocritical organization that neither consists of nor speaks for Bridgeport public school families. The group has inundated voters’ mailboxes with flyers making false claims about the referendum and featuring people they claim are local activists yet are NOT local parents.
The “Coalition to Protect a Broken School System” is primarily funded by outside interest groups such the Connecticut Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the Working Families Party, all of which are based outside of Bridgeport and have a stake in blocking the kind of reforms that have begun to bring positive change to the city’s schools.
“None of the people featured in their mailers is a current Bridgeport public school parent nor do they represent the desires of parents in this city,” said Jessica Martinez, a Parents 4 Progress leader and Bridgeport public school parent. “It’s disgraceful that groups that claim to speak for families could mislead them in this way, in an effort to protect their own hold over our public schools and the failed policies they’ve supported for decades. Luckily voters are smarter than that and that’s why on Tuesday, progress will prevail over politics.”
“If this group has a plan to improve our schools then they should come forward with their ideas rather than try to hold parents and students hostage to past policies that have left our children unprepared and underperforming,” said Susie Harrison, a Parents for Progress member and Bridgeport public school parent. “We urge all Bridgeporters to vote Yes on Tuesday because this charter revision is the best hope we have for keeping our classrooms moving in the right direction.”
A yes vote would help build on the progress made over the past year under the leadership of Superintendent Paul Vallas and a state-appointed board of education. Vallas and the appointed board closed a $19 million budget hole without having to layoff teachers or gut high school sports programs, expanded school options and gave parents more opportunities to participate in their children’s education.