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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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Is Vallas Playing A “Stick Up” Game For Health Insurance?

January 7th, 2014 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Even as Paul Vallas is preparing to walk out the door after more than two years as school chief, the nails-against-the-blackboard irritation continues. His latest issue with the Board of Education centers on a battle over extension of health insurance benefits. Vallas has received nearly $500,000 since he joined the district. He can’t cover his own benefits […]

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You Decide: The What Ifs In The Paul Vallas School Board Case

September 24th, 2013 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

The Connecticut Supreme Court Monday morning heard from the Paul Vallas side arguing he’s the goods; heard from the anti-Vallas side he must be removed because he lacks legal certification to lead a Connecticut school district. The Supremes asked questions of both sides. Now the waiting begins. Is it days, weeks or months before a […]

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Vallas, Facing Certification Challenge, To Appear On Bridgeport Now Show

June 25th, 2013 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas is scheduled to take live calls tonight (Tuesday) on Bridgeport Now, the cable show co-hosted by Jennifer Buchanan. The program starts 8 p.m. on Channel 88. It is also streamed live at www.soundviewtv.org. The number to call in is 203-345-0103.

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Did You Make The List Of Top 100 City Employee Wage Earners? Cops Tops On List, Mayor Trails Far Behind

March 22nd, 2013 · 71 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Hey, there’s more than one reason to make friends with a cop. OIB has received a list of the top city employee wage earners for 2012 and as usual it’s dominated by police officers, particularly the top 50, who in many cases received double their base pay from overtime. The list OIB reviewed does not […]

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The Power Of The Pulpit–Is Pastor Bennett Considering A Mayoral Run?

December 12th, 2012 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

The next mayoral election is 2015, but if you want to build coalitions, speak out on issues and poise yourself as mayoral timber, it’s not too soon to commence groundwork. That, at least, is the thinking of a number of political operatives and neighborhood leaders prevailing upon Anthony Bennett, pastor of Mount Aery Baptist Church […]

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Rev. Bennett: Chaos Or Community?

November 9th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

The Rev. Anthony L. Bennett is senior pastor of Mount Aery Baptist Church. He was among several city ministers who urged a no vote to Tuesday’s charter question. See his commentary below that he penned for the CT Post: In the winter of 1967, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began to put on […]

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The Power Of Organized Opposition And A Large Voter Turnout Defeat Ballot Question

November 7th, 2012 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

What did we learn from the defeat of the education ballot question? The traditional Democratic Party apparatus, even well financed, is vulnerable to defeat in higher turnout elections, especially in the face of organized opposition. Small election turnouts they can control, large turnouts they cannot.

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