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Entries Tagged as 'Paul Vallas'

How Coalition Control Of School Board Self Destructed

November 17th, 2014 · 79 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education

In a September 2013 primary, insurgents wiped out the three Democratic-endorsed candidates for Board of Education providing an embarrassing political moment for Mayor Bill Finch’s education agenda and solidifying coalition control of school policy between the Connecticut Working Families Party and education advocates opposed to the mayor. What a difference a year makes.

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Pereira Places Charter School Proponent On Video Hot Seat, Education Debate Follows

September 3rd, 2014 · 50 Comments · Education, News and Events

  Former school board member Maria Pereira, an opponent of charter schools, turned street reporter in front of Dunbar School on Tuesday confronting a paid canvasser for a pro-charter school organization who described Bridgeport as the worst performing school district in the country. The exchange between Pereira and the canvasser illustrates the gulf between pro-charter […]

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Ken Moales’ “Rat” Problem

August 26th, 2014 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

Former Board of Education member Maria Pereira no longer attends school board meetings in an official capacity, but she is present at just about every meeting as a citizen. A commentary she wrote for a prior post is republished below describing in part the first regular meeting on Monday as kids head back to school, […]

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Charter School Advocate Launches ‘Unite Bridgeport’ Door-To-Door Campaign

August 25th, 2014 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events

Charter school advocacy organization Families for Excellent Schools, a growing presence in city education, has commenced a citywide grassroots “Unite Bridgeport” campaign to register new voters, receive input about the direction of city schools and share the gospel about the role of charter schools in the city.

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Education Chief Pryor Expelled, Recruited Vallas To City

August 18th, 2014 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The state education chief whose school reform policies caused much agita among public school teachers and lobbied the hiring of Paul Vallas as Bridgeport school leader is saying sayonara. From the Hartford Courant: Stefan Pryor, the controversial state education commissioner, will leave his post and is “actively seeking new professional opportunities,” according to Gov. Dannel […]

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Pelto Pelts Moales Over Charter School ‘Fraud’

June 23rd, 2014 · 6 Comments · Education, News and Events

Petitioning candidate for governor Jonathan Pelto shares the latest on the flap involving charter school executive Michael Sharpe. As more and more facts come out about Michael Sharpe, the CEO of the Jumoke/FUSE Charter School Management, parents, public school advocates and the taxpayers of Bridgeport and Connecticut are turning their attention to the decision by […]

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More Questions About Moales’ Daycare Facilities

May 29th, 2014 · 9 Comments · Education, News and Events

Jonathan Pelto, who’s filed an exploratory committee for an independent candidacy for governor, posted his latest story on Thursday regarding Board of Education member Ken Moales’ controversial day care facilities. Question: Did the Malloy administration inappropriately aid and abet Moales’ in his successful effort to get a third daycare facility license on his property?

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