April 10, 2015
by Sarah Darer Littman | April 10, 2015 10:00am
Jorge Cabrera, a Bridgeport native, worked as a community organizer for Excel Bridgeport from April 2012 to January of 2015, when his position as community organizer was eliminated as the organization “realigned organizational priorities for improved impact and resource management.” Excel’s 990’s show declining income and increasing staff salaries in the years leading up to Cabrera’s termination.
Excel Bridgeport portrays itself as a community organization to create support for better education. According to its website: “Excel is building a grassroots movement so that all Bridgeport students receive the high quality education they deserve.”
On its 2010 Form 990 the story is slightly different: “Excel is an education reform organization established to accelerate Bridgeport’s progress toward improved student achievement.” Nowhere on the website or in any of its promotional or tax documents does Excel explain that the organization’s primary activity is the promotion of charter schools. After reading Mr. Cabrera’s op-ed in the CTPost, he agreed to an interview. Our Q&A follows. It has been edited for brevity.
March 25, 2015
by Timothy Herbst | March 25, 2015 3:00pm
Connecticut residents have weathered their fair share of corruption in government, and as a result hold a certain amount of healthy skepticism for those who hold public office. This is why I am deeply troubled by efforts being undertaken by some elected officials in Bridgeport and Hartford to obfuscate legislation that would prevent a privileged few from financially benefiting from their elected office.
March 21, 2015
by Christine Stuart | March 21, 2015 1:50pm
March 17, 2015
by Jordan Fenster | March 17, 2015 10:28am
March 12, 2015
by Christine Stuart | March 12, 2015 5:24pm
February 4, 2015
by Hugh McQuaid | February 4, 2015 1:00pm
The Public Safety and Security Committee will hear public testimony Thursday on a proposal to allow slot machines at existing off-track betting facilities located within five miles of I-91 and I-95.
January 30, 2015
by Christine Stuart | January 30, 2015 4:55pm
January 16, 2015
by Hugh McQuaid | January 16, 2015 5:14pm
HARTFORD — A jury reached a split verdict Friday in former state Sen. Ernie Newton’s corruption trial, finding him guilty of illegal campaign practices, not guilty of witness tampering, and reaching no verdict on two larceny charges.
January 9, 2015
by Christine Stuart | January 9, 2015 1:47pm
November 2, 2014
by Hugh McQuaid | November 2, 2014 6:19pm
President Barack Obama worked through an unruly crowd Sunday in Bridgeport to excite the Democratic faithful to turn out for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in Tuesday’s nail-biter of a gubernatorial election.