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April 10, 2015

OP-ED | Message Over Policy: An Insider’s Look at Education Reform in Connecticut

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.

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March 25, 2015

OP-ED | It is Time to Place the Public Good Ahead of the Privileged Few

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.

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March 21, 2015

Malloy Says He Won’t Support Charter School Moratorium

by Christine Stuart | March 21, 2015 1:50pm

Evan Lips / New Haven Register photo A day after a public hearing on a bill that would place a two-year moratorium on new charter schools, Democratic Gov. Dannel P Malloy said he wouldn’t support it.

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March 17, 2015

Bill to Keep Sex Offenders Away From Schools Could Cause ‘Chaos,’ Critics Say

by Jordan Fenster | March 17, 2015 10:28am

A bill intended to keep convicted sex offenders away from kids would throw the Connecticut’s sex offender registry into “chaos,” according to the state’s Department of Correction.

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March 12, 2015

Senate Republicans Pitch Urban Agenda; Embrace Parts of Malloy Budget

by Christine Stuart | March 12, 2015 5:24pm

Christine Stuart photo Senate Republicans, who hail from mostly suburban and rural communities, said they have a plan to foster economic growth and development in Connecticut’s urban areas.

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February 4, 2015

Lawmakers To Hear Slot Proposal For Off-Track Betting Facilities

by Hugh McQuaid | February 4, 2015 1:00pm

Shutterstock 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.

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January 30, 2015

NRA Fails To Derail Judicial Nomination

by Christine Stuart | January 30, 2015 4:55pm

Facebook photo The National Rifle Association’s campaign to stop the nomination of former Bridgeport state Rep. Auden Grogins to the Superior Court bench failed Friday.

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January 16, 2015

Jury Returns Split Verdict In Campaign Finance Case

by Hugh McQuaid | January 16, 2015 5:14pm

Hugh McQuaid photo 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.

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January 9, 2015

Three Special Elections To Be Held Feb. 24

by Christine Stuart | January 9, 2015 1:47pm

Creative Commons Three special elections will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, to fill three vacancies left by two state representatives and a state senator who didn’t take the oath of office.

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November 2, 2014

Obama Rallies 1,900 For Malloy In Bridgeport, Takes Hecklers In Stride

by Hugh McQuaid | November 2, 2014 6:19pm

Douglas Healey photo 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.

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