How many candidates for Board of Education will crash barbecues this weekend begging for votes? Better yet maybe they should bring along a barbie when they canvass neighborhoods for votes. That way voters can swipe a page from Wimpy: “I’ll gladly vote for you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Yeah baby, where’s the beef? Come Tuesday we’ll find out. The nine school board candidates for Tuesday’s special election aren’t alone urging voter turnout. The education reform group www.excelbridgeport.org has lit-dropped neighborhoods, bodegas, businesses, community organizations, and libraries including the information below:
Bridgeport children deserve a fair opportunity to succeed in life. Right now our students are not receiving that opportunity. They deserve better. Our city does too. The quality of our public schools not only impacts our students and families, but also our impacts our property taxes. As Bridgeport taxpayers, we deserve better.
Together, voters in Bridgeport can change this by selecting Board of Education leaders who will dramatically improve the schools for our children.
As we approach the September 4 special election for the Board of Education, we offer these answers to the questions we get asked a lot:
1. How does the Board of Education impact children?
The Board of Education is responsible for making decisions that impact the education of 20,000 Bridgeport kids in our public schools.
They decide how the money is spent, so they determine what kind of textbooks our kids will have, if they’ll have art and music classes, how many teachers they’ll have, how much technology they’ll have in the schools.
They create the policies that affect our students, so they determine how safe, happy, and welcoming our schools are for kids and parents.
They hire and supervise the superintendent, so they make sure that the superintendent does an excellent job educating our kids.
2. What is it like to be a student in Bridgeport right now?
Only a quarter of our elementary school students read at grade level. Researchers have found that children who struggle to read by the third grade will probably never catch up.
Only one in 10 of our high school students perform at grade level–the worst rate in the entire State of Connecticut.
Only half of Bridgeport students graduate from high school. And those who do are not prepared for college or the workplace.
3. What could it be like in 10 years if we have an effective school board?
Student in Bridgeport perform as well as students in nearby towns like Fairfield, Trumbull and Westport.
90% of students graduate from high school.
20,000 students across the district on a path for success in whatever field they choose.
Read more of our vision for a fair education in Excel Bridgeport’s Vision 2022.
4. What does an effective Board of Education look like?
They have to work together to solve problems in order to improve the education for our students.
They must talk with parents and listen to parents so that parents are the heart of our effort to improve our schools.
They need the skills and knowledge to use our money wisely because money is scarce, and we can’t be wasteful.
5. How would an effective board impact our community, even if we don’t have kids?
Better schools increase the value of your home. They attract more middle class families who buy homes and lower the tax burden on each homeowner. Lower taxes and better schools attract businesses and jobs, which pay more into the pot and reduce each individual’s tax burden.
6. What do I need to do to get ready for the Board of Education elections?
Learn about the election. Click here to read about all of the candidates and to where and when you can see them speak.
Know when you’ll vote and how you get to the voting location. Click here to find your polling place.
Go to the polls with a fellow voter so together we can improve the schools!
Bring my children with me to vote so they know I want the best education for them. After you vote, send us your picture at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share it with our community. You can inspire others.