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Entries Tagged as 'Jessica Martinez'

Book Signing Brings Out Connecticut Characters At Barnum Museum

May 13th, 2017 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

What better place to host a book party for the title Connecticut Characters: Personalities Spicing Up The Nutmeg State than the magnificent Barnum Museum. Thank you to everyone who shared in my book event Thursday night. We had quite an eclectic crowd. Some scenes follow. Kudos to Barnum Museum Executive Director Kathy Maher and staff […]

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Jessica Martinez Brings Passion To School Board Race

May 10th, 2017 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

Jessica Martinez, the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s moratorium on magnet and charter schools, says she will be a Democratic candidate for Board of Education. Strap in. It’s gonna be a wild battle.

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Battle Lines Drawn Between Education Advocates Pereira And Martinez

January 19th, 2017 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

School board member Maria Pereira and education advocate Jessica Martinez are high octane personalities with decidedly different mantras about the direction of the education system for Connecticut’s largest city. Pereira is a staunch protectionist of the local district, Martinez a proponent of charter schools that receive public funds but operate independently of traditional school districts. […]

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Battle Of Protests, Education Advocates Square Off

September 15th, 2016 · 35 Comments · Education, News and Events

With passions running high following a boycott of meetings by four school board members and calls for resignations, competing factions protested outside Geraldine Johnson School on Wednesday to voice their opinions. Steve Krauchick of Doing It Local, enterprising police reporter, showed up at the scene with his camera. Krauchick’s video opens with an interview with school […]

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Bradley: I’m Holding Firm On School Board Boycott, Pereira: Prepare For Grassroots Showdown

September 13th, 2016 · 88 Comments · Education

Board of Education Chairman Dennis Bradley says he will hold firm in his boycott of meetings until Maria Pereira resigns. Pereira says Bradley should be the one resigning. And so now begins the battle of will and battle of attrition. A larger question also looms, how long will the three other board members Annette Segarra-Negron, […]

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School Choice Advocates Muscle Up In Federal Court

August 24th, 2016 · 18 Comments · Education, News and Events

From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post: A group of parents, including the president of the Bridgeport District Parent Advisory Council, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Connecticut’s restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools and school choice programs are unconstitutional and have forced thousands of low-income and minority students to attend low-performing schools.

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Finger Politics! Piranha Power Sweeps To Democratic Town Committee Victory

March 2nd, 2016 · 80 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Board of Education member Maria Pereira, Bridgeport’s self-described establishment fighting piranha of politics, reasserted her voter strength in the Upper East Side leading a slate of nine candidates to a sweep in the Democratic Town Committee primary in the 138th District, according to unofficial returns. Tuesday was a night of sweeps in two other districts as […]

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Town Committee Wars–The I, Me, Mine Of Politics (Absentee Ballots Too)

February 24th, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

More than 1,000 absentee ballots have been mailed by elections officials in three of 10 Democratic Town Committee districts competing in Tuesday’s primary with 27 seats up for grabs. This is as retail as retail can get when it comes to identifying voters and dragging them out. In these low-turnout primaries that may not hit 10 […]

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