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Entries Tagged as 'Aresta Johnson'

As Puerto Rico Suffers, Bridgeport Prepares For Children

October 2nd, 2017 · 9 Comments · Education, News and Events

Bridgeport is home to the largest Puerto Rican population in Connecticut. Under federal law, as CT Post scribe Linda Conner Lambeck reports, “displaced students who move to the city must be accepted by the district, and automatically qualify for free school meals, health care, special education and other services.” Superintendent of Schools Aresta Johnson says […]

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City School Leaders Sweat Out State Budget Fiasco

September 27th, 2017 · 15 Comments · City Budget, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The state that funds most city school expenses has no budget. Meanwhile, school officials have operated on city-budgeted cash to stay afloat. But that dough runs out next week. What to do? Contact state budget chief Ben Barnes who had served as finance director of city schools before his appointment as director of the Office […]

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Lopez To School Board: Don’t Micromanage Superintendent’s Work

August 30th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Monday night’s Board of Education agenda, the first of the new school year, included this item: “Possible action on superintendent and all other appropriate Bridgeport Public School District employees to execute all grant application documents and all other paperwork and correspondence necessary for the District to partner with the City of Bridgeport’s Lighthouse Program in its […]

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Proposed Charter School Expansion Could Swell Ed Budget Deficit

July 17th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Education, News and Events

A special meeting of the Board of Education will take place today (Monday) 5:30pm in Room 305 of City Hall in response to Capital Preparatory Harbor Charter School’s application with the state to expand in size and locations, a move local school officials assert will cost it an extra $200,000 in busing and other expenses.

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Lights On For Lighthouse Program

June 29th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Education, News and Events

Facing a Friday deadline, the school board reversed itself Wednesday with Annette Segarra-Negron casting the deciding 5-4 vote, rescuing the city’s Lighthouse after-school and summer program from the demand of a $500,000 rental fee for use of Board of Education buildings.

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Pereira Decries Votes, Don’t Vote For Major Party School Board Candidates in November

June 29th, 2017 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

School board member Maria Pereira, lamenting the 5-4 Lighthouse Program vote, dresses down the members who voted in favor, in this commentary. Wednesday, June 28, 2017, will be remembered as a day that will live in infamy for the Bridgeport Board of Education (BBOE), the Bridgeport Public Schools (BPS) and our over 21,199 students. On […]

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Students Salute City Firefighters

May 5th, 2017 · 88 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, Education, Firefighters, News and Events

On International Firefighters Day, city school students and neighborhood residents saluted Bridgeport’s public safety, courtesy of an event organized by the 138th Democratic Town Committee that represents the Upper East Side.

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City Council Rejects Classical Studies Move To Catholic Center Building

May 2nd, 2017 · 90 Comments · City Council, Education, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: The City Council on Monday blocked the proposed move of the Classical Studies Academy magnet school to the Catholic Center on Jewett Avenue in the North End.

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