The Connecticut Working Families Party is catching heat from OIB readers for its single-minded public castigation of Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas who says he’d like to stay on another school year as the nine-member Board of Education completes an evaluation of his job performance. Three of those school board members Maria Pereira, Sauda Baraka and John Bagley serve as members of the WFP which has taken matters into its own hands with a public campaign against Vallas. The WFP minority voting bloc on the school board does not appear to be satisfied unless they choose the next school chief. Joshua Thompson, director for Education and Youth for Mayor Bill Finch, says the WFP is promoting “outright lies” regarding Vallas’ record. Thompson statement follows:
“I want to make something 100-percent clear, the elected Board of Education had one task, which was to be objective in the evaluation process of Superintendent Paul G. Vallas. The Working Families Party members of the Board of Education have more than failed at that task.
“Our children deserve adults to carry this process out with integrity. During the past week, while the evaluation was occurring, we had elected members who belong to the Working Families Party signing petitions and holding rallies calling for the resignation of our Superintendent. The petitions that were signed and the rallies that were held promoted outright lies in regard to the Superintendent’s record not only in relation to his work here in Bridgeport but in regard to his work in other cities as well.
“My question is:
Who is funding this effort to promote inaccuracies?
And, who in their right mind would financially support politicizing our children?
“I am very concerned that we have elected board members whose values are tied to that of the Working Families Party. WFP members are currently going door-to-door here in Bridgeport promoting blatant inaccuracies in an effort to obstruct progress for our children. With Superintendent Vallas’ evaluation coming up this Monday, it is clear that anyone who is part of the Working Families Party did not objectively evaluate the Superintendent’s performance–a level of progress that we have never seen in Bridgeport.”