June 29, 2015
by Madeline Stocker | June 29, 2015 11:08pm
Flanked by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that Indian tribes in Connecticut who had previously been denied federal recognition would not be given a second bite at the apple.
Tags: tribal recognition, Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of North Stonington, Golden Hill Paugussett Nation of Bridgeport, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Kent, Bureau of Indian Affairs, BIA, Richard Velky, Chief of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Natio, Mohegan Tribe, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut, dh
June 22, 2015
by Elizabeth Regan | June 22, 2015 4:58pm
June 17, 2015
by Madeline Stocker | June 17, 2015 5:15pm
May 31, 2015
by Jorge Cabrera | May 31, 2015 12:56am
On June 3 the Connecticut General Assembly will close the legislative session and hanging in the balance is $5 million in much-needed funding for the Bridgeport public schools.
May 29, 2015
by Heather McGhee | May 29, 2015 12:00pm
May 20, 2015
by Robert Cotto Jr. | May 20, 2015 7:59am
When traditional schools pay their bills to educate kids, they usually don’t have much money, if any, remaining. When charter schools pay their bills, they often have money left over to spend. How much? It depends on the school. For a number of charter schools, roughly 10 percent of all of public dollars meant for educating children in these schools go to pay fees for private companies called “charter management organizations.” That’s a problem.
Tags: education, charter schools, education reform, charter management organizations, CMOs, Connecticut, Achievement First, Capital Preparatory Schools, DOMUS, Jumoke, FUSE, Stamford & Trailblazers Academies, ISAAC, Common Ground, Explorations, Odyssey, New Beginnings, Bridge Academy, Highville, Side by Side, Park City Prep, Integrated Day, Charter School for Young Children, dh
May 18, 2015
by Christine Stuart | May 18, 2015 5:30am
Connecticut Democrats called House Republican leader Themis Klarides a hypocrite Friday for making an appearance on a nationally syndicated radio show to criticize the governor shortly after she’d suggested he was spending too much time on the national stage.
May 14, 2015
by Susan Bigelow | May 14, 2015 1:30pm
What’s worse than actual systemic racism? If you’re a Connecticut legislator, pointing out the racial implications of a law is a far worse crime — deserving of actually shutting down half of the legislature for a few hours.
May 8, 2015
by Joette Katz | May 8, 2015 2:27pm
The nation has been shaken by the injustices witnessed in states and cities across our country of high-profile police custody deaths involving minorities — most often African American young men.
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.