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Here Rhee Come! Kevin Johnson To Visit City For Education Forum–Students First Enters Ballot Question

October 19th, 2012 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

Kevin Johnson

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, CA and husband of education reform advocate Michelle Rhee, will visit Bridgeport on Sunday as Mayor Bill Finch amps up his effort to persuade city electors to support a yes vote on the Nov. 6 charter question that if approved would grant him the power to appoint members to the Board of Education.

Rhee, founder of Students First, is a national lightning rod for school reform.  She says the American education system is broke and has built a national movement that has angered teachers unions for her positions on testing and evaluations, some of which were debated heavily in the Connecticut legislature this year following Governor Dannel Malloy’s education reform act proposals.

Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee

Students First is the latest organization entering the mayor’s effort to appoint school board members that requires a charter change approved by voters. Students First is helping to mobilize a voter outreach emphasizing a yes vote to the charter question. Excel Bridgeport, an organization formed more than a year ago financed by Fairfield County business interests, is also engaged in voter persuasion.

Several organizations are working against the ballot question including the Bridgeport Education Association, Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, Connecticut Citizens Action Group, as well as a variety of city pols such as former State Senator Ernie Newton, outgoing State Senator Ed Gomes, East End District Leader Ralph Ford and some pastors affiliated with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance that are framing a yes vote as a vote against democracy.

Johnson will join Finch and Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas to discuss “education reform” on Sunday, 3:30 p.m. at Jettie Tisdale School, 250 Hollister Avenue. The public is invited to attend, according to a news release issued by the mayor’s office.

Johnson was a star in the National Basketball Association and is now considered a rising star in national politics. He was elected mayor of Sacramento in 2008. He has been moving around the country visiting cities to share his ideas on education, no doubt with an assist from Rhee.

More on Rhee and Students First here.

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  • banmenow

    Finch really wants this passed. He is stopping at nothing to ensure he controls the BOE and the $$$. Who is paying for these guests to appear on Finch’s behalf and what has been promised to them? Rhee was thrown out of DC. Her tactics have been less than honorable. What does she gain financially by supporting Finch’s efforts and bringing in hubby to help?

  • Baffled in Bridgeport

    These guys could bring in Mother Teresa and still have no credibility. Lie, after lie, after lie, after lie.
    Is a Bridgeport Public School the appropriate (and legal) forum for a political rally?

  • Sue

    Mojo (or anybody else), who is Cowlick Willie–the guy in the video?

  • Mojo

    *** Who’s footing this bill for another smoke & mirrors sideshow concerning more dramatic B/S about the BOE “tricky” question? Send in the clowns, no? *** FORGETABOUTIT ***

  • Sue

    www .youtube.com/watch?v=nIVwdOvF98s
    Note–all of the BOE teachers’ individual printers were taken and replaced by ‘shared’ printers (like one every floor), none of these printers have cartridges. No teacher has been able to print anything since August.

    So my question is, why isn’t this guy advocating for Bridgeport teachers?

  • Andrew C Fardy

    Before anyone gets too warm and fuzzy over the visit by Sacramento Mayor Johnson, I suggest you Google him and check out his dealings with the Justice Department. Just another tarnished politician who is going to tell us what’s good for us. I also suggest you Google Rhee and you will be surprised at what you find. Finch keeps going to the curb to get his supporters for this awful charter change.

  • Mojo

    *** SUE: “Cowlick Willie” is an MIB agent hired by the Finch Admin. to undermine the Nov. BOE “tricky question.” So keep your nose to the wind and your eye to the sky! *** AND BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID! ***

  • Up On Bridgeport

    Bill and Adam should be very afraid of what they wish for. Voters should put a full court press and Rhee-ject KJ and this 4-Corner voter stall.

  • Mojo

    *** Mr. Johnson is a big fan of Family Guy and was overheard in conversation as looking forward to actually seeing the famous industrial cartoon Zombieland city known as Bpt! *** KJ and Mr. Green Jeans in Da ‘Port, “LIVE!” ***

  • Joel Gonzalez

    This YouTube video has gotten over 12 million hits in less than a week. I won!
    www .youtube.com/watch?v=dX_1B0w7Hzc

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