Residents for a Better Bridgeport, an advocacy group powering the voter outreach in support of a yes vote to the Nov. 6 ballot question, has produced a video in its quest for a mayoral-appointed Board of Education. The video, a mini documentary, features Mayor Bill Finch and Charles Tisdale, executive director of the anti-poverty agency Action For Bridgeport Community Development, as well as school teachers and students. The video draws a contrast on the failed policies of the elected Board of Education with improvements made under an appointed body during the state takeover of schools before intervention by the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Finch political operatives formed Residents For A Better Bridgeport, financed largely by city business interests in support of a mayoral-appointed school board. Lillian Wade, political activist and president of the East End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, is the treasurer.
A website www.residentsforabetterbridgeport.com features the direct-mail pieces hitting boxes including residents highlighting education improvements made the past year.
Finch is putting his prestige on the line pushing a yes vote on the ballot question.
Opponents to the question include the Bridgeport Education Association, Connecticut’s Working Families Party with three of its members on the Board of Education, the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Bridgeport Republican Party leadership, as well as an assortment of political activists and elected officials.
The big question: do opponents have the financial firepower of Residents for a Better Bridgeport? How do opponents make their case for a no vote without dough?