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Entries Tagged as 'Excel Bridgeport'

Clergy To School Board: Enough Is Enough, Put Your Weapons Down

June 10th, 2014 · 71 Comments · Education, News and Events

Members of the Board of Education must “put their ‘weapons’ down and focus on finding common ground and pursue a course of solutions based on problem solving instead of finger pointing and hostile acts,” according to a letter signed by 12 city pastors. Jorge Cabrera, a community organizer for the education advocacy group Excel Bridgeport, […]

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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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Excel Bridgeport Leader To Step Down

March 18th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Maria Zambrano, executive director of the education advocacy group Excel Bridgeport that supported initiatives advanced by former school chief Paul Vallas, has announced she will leave the organization March 28.

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Judge Expels School Chief From Job, But Vallas Still In Charge, For Now–Finch: I Want To Keep Vallas Here Fighting For Our Kids

July 11th, 2013 · 126 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis Wednesday afternoon ordered Paul Vallas off the job as superintendent of schools while her decision removing him for lack of legal certification is under appeal. Judge Bellis’ original decision, however, and her decision to terminate Vallas will now be reviewed by an appellate court, according to Deputy City Attorney Art […]

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Ford Dealership Leverages Threat Of Newton’s Council Run In Support Of Baker’s School Board Candidacy

July 8th, 2013 · 24 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

Starting July 16, endorsements by major political parties for municipal office can take place. The reality is, for Democrats at least, those party preferences will be pushed to the back end of the endorsement window of July 23 to lessen the time challenge candidates can secure signatures to petition their way onto the ballot, a […]

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Dueling Paul Vallas Petitions

July 3rd, 2013 · 37 Comments · Education, News and Events

One petition wants Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas to stay, the other wants him sayonara. Ultimately, his welcome in Bridgeport will likely be decided by the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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Excel Bridgeport: Ruling On Vallas Bad For Kids

June 29th, 2013 · 26 Comments · Education, News and Events

Statement from Maria Zambrano, executive director of Excel Bridgeport: Today, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that Superintendent Paul Vallas did not have the legal qualifications to be Bridgeport’s superintendent of schools. She ruled that he “be removed from office” because he did not complete a school leadership program as required by law. This […]

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