From the Bridgeport Republican Town Committee:
Bridgeport GOP United in Opposition of BOE Disbanding
The Bridgeport Republican Party unanimously supported a resolution to oppose the disbanding of the elected Board of Education in Bridgeport at its monthly meeting, November 15. GOP members believe that all elected officials have a duty to serve those that elected them. As such, the action of the Elected Board of Education when suddenly voting itself out of existence was a betrayal to the voters of Bridgeport. Bridgeport Republicans also agree that the state takeover was performed in an illegal manner because neither the training nor the action-plan that are required by the state statute when performing a takeover was accomplished.
In the late ’80s when Bridgeport was threatened with Bankruptcy, the state review board did not require the common council to disband itself, rather the review board acted in an “advise and consent” capacity by governing Bridgeport’s finances until the danger of bankruptcy had passed.
It is believed by the Republican Party that only the people have the right to reorganize how Bridgeport’s schools are run. The acceptable method would be by charter change implemented by a ballot question. It is the people that must decide if, as in New York City, a school chancellor that answers to the mayor or, as in New Haven, a mayoral appointed board should be the way to go in governing the affairs of Bridgeport’s educational system.
It must be admitted that the education being provided in Bridgeport Schools is currently unacceptable, and that no amount of new school construction provides the answer. This fact, however, does not oblige the decision to improperly dissolve an elected Board of Education.
We must turn away from the autocratic philosophy of rule by a governing elite in Bridgeport or a bureaucrat ruled system such as in Hartford. When the heavy hand of Government arbitrarily rules in favor of the dissolution of an elected body such as in the case of the Bridgeport Board of Education, the will of the people is being ignored and the first step towards fascism is embarked upon.