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Less-experienced Teachers For Black Students In Public Schools

March 23rd, 2017 · 8 Comments · Education

From Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, CT Mirror

Black students in Connecticut’s public schools are being taught by far more new, less-experienced teachers than their white peers.

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Ganim Seeks State Approval To Borrow To Pay Off Unfunded Pension Liability

March 22nd, 2017 · 36 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Ganim addresses legislative committee. At right State Rep. Steve Stafstrom.

Ganim addresses legislative committee. At right State Rep. Steve Stafstrom.

With city Bond Counsel John Stafstrom at his side and a nod to his nephew State Rep. Steve Stafstrom, a member of the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday urged passage of a proposal to allow municipalities to bond the unfunded pension liability for the Municipal Employees Retirement System that Ganim says would save millions in debt service payments. In Ganim’s prepared remarks that follow he shares background on the issue, with financial restructuring recommendations backed by state leaders.
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Bridgeport, an ‘Overlooked Dream City’

March 21st, 2017 · 27 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

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Aerial of Seaside Park.

Bridgeport is the Park City. It’s also been called the Circus City thanks to P.T. Barnum. What, you thought it was called Circus City because of its politics? Well, add “Overlooked Dream City” to the list. The financial consumer website GoodCall recently ranked Bridgeport number 62 out of 461 U.S. cities with populations under 300,000, factoring cost of living, crime rate, walkability, dining, entertainment and recreation amenities.
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Cock-a-doodle-do, Bridge Replacement Over Rooster River

March 21st, 2017 · 4 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Prepare for a West Side detour. The city is undertaking a six-month bridge replacement over the Rooster River starting April 1. The approximate cost of the project including construction and inspection is $850,000, according to City Engineer Jon Urquidi. The State of Connecticut is providing approximately 33 percent funding through the State Local Bridge Program. The remaining portion is covered through the city’s Capital Plan.
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Gomes To Host Public Forum On Recreational Marijuana

March 21st, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Will legalizing pot create a pot of money for Connecticut? State lawmakers are examining the legalization and regulation of marijuana to bolster a cash-strapped budget. State Senator Ed Gomes will host a forum on the pros and cons of recreational marijuana March 27, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Beacon Hall Event Center of Housatonic Community College.
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If The Print Shop Could Only Print Boots Filled With Money

March 21st, 2017 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

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John Marshall Lee’s boots made for talking.

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee systematically reviews department expenditures looking for clues in how taxpayer money is spent. Monday night he addressed the City Council about the city’s Print Shop. Hmmm, if only they could print money. From Lee.
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Comedy Night To Support The Barnum Festival

March 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Best of Bridgeport

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Questioning FBI Director Comey, Himes Morphs Into Jeff Daniels, ‘Most Honest Three Minutes In Television’

March 20th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, National Politics

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Himes questions FBI chief Comey.

Congressman Jim Himes, a member of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, had a starring role Monday questioning James Comey on a day the FBI director announced an ongoing federal investigation into Donald Trump’s political operatives colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Himes’ latest appearance resembles actor Jeff Daniels’ Will McAvoy role in the heralded HBO series The Newsroom.
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