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. She’s also a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s restrictions on school choice programs. They are personalities on a potential campaign collision course as Martinez ponders a run for school board this year. It’s also a personal battle that has found its way into a police report.
Last September Martinez led a rally calling for Pereira’s resignation. (See video above that opens with Pereira speaking, followed by Martinez and education advocate Claudia Phillips.)
Pereira filed a recent police complaint against Martinez after instructing not to email her.
Two years ago Martinez, according to the police complaint, sent the following email to Pereira:
“The lies you believe and you share boggles my mind! But I will say this, not all the things you say are lies and twisted, for that I thank you!”
“Let me be absolutely clear. You are not to contact me by phone, text or email again. Going forward, should you contact me for any reason, I will file a formal complaint with the Bridgeport Police Department. Do not contact me again.”
Pereira, admittedly, has a reputation for litigiousness and has filed several lawsuits against the city in her role as citizen and elected member of the Board of Education, against the city.
A few weeks ago Martinez sent Pereira this email:
“Live your crazy life liar and mind your business. When you start adding value to this city and providing solutions then you will become relevant.”
“I specifically sent you an email never to email me again on my personal email or I would file a formal complaint with the BPD. You have placed me in a position which I must now do so.”
Pereira is not looking for an arrest (she’d not get one even if she wanted one) but she wants the contact from Martinez to stop.
Pereira and Martinez have had occasional exchanges on OIB. Both generally give as good as they take. Martinez asserts, in a statement to OIB, if you can’t stand the heat, don’t be a public official.
Maria Pereira created a false police report on me harassing her, with what evidence?! I would like the name of the officer who took this report. Although, I rarely email Maria, if I have to email her I will do so and that will NOT stop! If she wants me to stop emailing her she can quit her job as an elected official and or take me to court!!
Let’s see how far she’ll get with that! Though she is a pointless BOE member and doesn’t have the heart of a true public servant her information is still public and shame on her for trying to stop a Bridgeport parent leader from contacting her. Let me also point out that as an elected public servant the previous DPAC President, Maria Pereira has sent me several emails from firstname.lastname@example.org, giving me full authority to respond which most of the times I’ve never wasted my time.
Maria can have fun wasting her personal time and perpetuating the lack of progress and true solutions that would better the education of our children and support teachers/administration! I cannot believe she is this petty to make this highlighted news. Meanwhile in the BOE front……..true failure!
Pereira asserts, “I made it clear that I did not want Ms. Martinez arrested; I simply wanted a detective to contact her and inform her she is not to contact me again. The detective committed to doing so.”
Meanwhile, there could be more to this story. Martinez says she’s considering a run for school board. Pereira, elected to a four-year term in 2015, is committed to supporting school board candidates harmonious with her positions.