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Entries Tagged as 'Barbara Bellinger'

Gardner Expels Finch On Education Commitment

May 7th, 2014 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

Board of Education member Howard Gardner takes the wood to Bill Finch about the mayor’s commitment to city schools. In a commentary also published by the CT Post, Gardner condemns the “education mayor” for circumventing the state’s Minimum Budget Requirement to fund schools. The Bridgeport Board of Education (BBOE) is burdened with a teaching/learning infrastructure that […]

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Mayor’s Office Issues “Call To Action” Against Connecticut Post–Wood Takes Post To Woodshed For “Inaccurate And Misleading” Coverage

August 10th, 2012 · 78 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

An email issued on Wednesday by Mayor Bill Finch’s Chief of Staff Adam Wood to business and governmental leaders takes a bite out of the Connecticut Post claiming its coverage of the city is “hurtful to all of our efforts to improve our city.” Wood’s email, in particular, takes issue with Post columnist Keila Torres […]

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Message From Pastor Bennett: Wake Up!

August 27th, 2011 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

Anthony Bennett, senior pastor of Mount Aery Baptist Church, weighs in on the state takeover of city schools with an enlightening commentary about the disenfranchisement of voters. From Pastor Bennett: From my faith tradition, there is an often quoted phrase that says “you better use it or lose it.” The point of this phrase was […]

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Coviello: ‘The Three Stooges’ Of The BOE Takeover

July 12th, 2011 · 11 Comments · City Politics, Education

From Democratic mayoral candidate Charlie Coviello: The pathetic lament by Mayor Bill Finch that he has no power over the Board of Education has been exposed from the B.O.E.’s recent actions that he has always been the boss of that organization. Starting with control of appointment of hand-picked candidates, that were anointed as B.O.E. members, […]

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‘The Unholy Trinity Of Power, Arrogance And Incompetence’

July 10th, 2011 · 13 Comments · Education

Whoa! Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez takes a bite out of Mayor Bill Finch, Superintendent of Schools John Ramos and BOE President Barbara Bellinger in this commentary about their siren for a state takeover of schools. Lopez was interested in serving on the Bridgeport BOE a couple of years ago when party regulars derailed her effort claiming […]

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A ‘Sneak Attack On Democracy’

July 10th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Education

Board of Education members Maria Pereira, Sauda Baraka and Bobby Simmons, the vocal minority condemning the state takeover of city schools, share this opinion piece on what they call a “sneak attack on democracy.”

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Historic Vote–Board Of Education Throws In The Towel, Decision Considered For Six Months!

July 6th, 2011 · 45 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Board of Education letterhead actually proclaims: Expect Great Things. Well, in a move of remarkable greatness, the majority of Board of Education members voted Tuesday night they were not competent to provide a quality education to Bridgeport kids–let it be the state’s problem. The question now is: what will the state do? Superintendent of Schools John Ramos and […]

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Foster Issues FOI Request, Smells A Secret Deal In State Takeover Of Schools

July 5th, 2011 · 11 Comments · City Politics, Education

Was this all a grand plan? Were Mayor Bill Finch and Superintendent of Schools John Ramos winking and nodding privately for state control of the city school system? Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster, one day after calling for Ramos’ resignation, has issued a Freedom of Information request seeking correspondence between the city and state regarding state control of city […]

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