From Board of Education Chair John Weldon:
As many are aware, in mid-February, the Bridgeport Board of Education changed its by-laws. One of the changes was a removal from our Regular Meeting Agenda of student recognitions and performances, as well as reports from the Student Representatives to the Board.
Contrary to what some have said, this was not a maneuver to silence the voices of our student body–Student Representatives do still attend BOE meetings and now are asked to participate in deliberations so they can be a part of the decision-making process. Rather, the purpose for the change was two-fold:
1.) To keep our regular business meetings focused on actionable business items; and 2.) Most importantly, to give school, student and staff recognitions their own dedicated spotlight so they aren’t overshadowed by anything else. To that end, another bylaw change is a commitment by the Board to providing that spotlight at least four times per year. In keeping with that, we have scheduled the first such spotlight on student performances, as well as school, student and staff achievement, for 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25th at Cesar Batalla School, located at 606 Howard Ave. in Bridgeport.
The event will include reports by Student Representatives to the Board, performances by the Roosevelt School Drumline, Batalla School Modern Band and Harding High School Choir, along with a host of student staff and community recognitions. All are welcome to attend to see a sample of the many great things that are happening in Bridgeport Public Schools.
CT Post education reporter Linda Conner Lambeck filed this story:
The city’s school board chairman waited until 4 p.m. on a Friday to announce he was canceling the board’s regular business meeting and replacing it with a student showcase on Monday.
It is an event Board Chairman John Weldon said has been in the planning stages for the last couple of weeks.
Weldon said the move was in keeping with new bylaws that put him in charge of meetings and stripped regular meetings of student and staff recognitions and high school student reports.
… “This is a blatant attempt by Chair Weldon and his cohort to deny members of the public an opportunity to speak to the Board on issues impacting our 20,400 students, parents and staff,” (school board member Maria) Pereira said. “This cancellation of another regular meeting even violates the illegal bylaws passed by Chair Weldon and his cohort.”
Full story here.