City elections rarely disappoint for controversy, whether for mayor, city council, school board and the one taking place today for the Parent Advisory Council at the Education Center, 900 Boston Avenue. Once again forces aligned with Connecticut’s Working Families Party that controls four of nine votes on the Board of Education and the education reform group Excel Bridgeport that supported the defeated ballot question last year for a mayoral-appointed school board are engaged in electoral gamesmanship to choose district-wide officers to represent thousands of city parents. The audio above, presented by Jessica Martinez aligned with Excel Bridgeport, features a conversation between an operative for the WFP and a city parent candidate Aline Lacerda who was dropping off her child at Winthrop School. Lacerda apparently decided to record the conversation when, she claims, she was approached at the school. Lacerda is also aligned with Excel Bridgeport.
In a prepared statement Lacerda says, “The Working Families Party was on school district property yesterday morning illegally distributing election flyers to parents without BOE permission. We even have an audio recording of a Working Families Party member lying to a parent about certain PAC candidates and asking them to not support those candidates. We have to ask ourselves, why is a political party so heavily involved in a nonpartisan local parent election? When it comes to the Working Families Party, it’s clearly politics over kids, yet again!”
Will post a WFP response when received.