Rev. Kenneth Moales, a Bridgeport City School board member and Rev. Anthony Bennett, pastor of Mt. Aery Baptist Church, are among two dozen people to tell the state they are potentially interested in running a state-funded charter schools. Also, three of the potential applicants appear to be partnering with urban school districts. Aquila E. Hayes says she wants to partner with Bridgeport Public Schools and two other applicants want to partner with Windham Public Schools.
In all, 9 of the letters are from people who want to open a charter school in Bridgeport. One is for Danbury, another in Stamford. Last month, the state invited those interested to submit “Letters of Interest.” A formal Request for Proposals process is anticipated early this year, even though the state is facing a budget deficit.
Charter schools are publicly funded schools that run independent of local school board control. Currently there are 17 in the state including four in Bridgeport: Bridge Academy, Park City Prep, New Beginnings and Achievement First.
Preference is being given to schools developed in high need areas and who want to focus on dual language or English as a Second language students as well as schools that can address the racial and ethnic isolation in Hartford. A letter of interest is not mandatory for those that ultimately seek to apply.
Those that expressed interest include:
Kenneth Moales, Bridgeport, partnering with the Wilmington Delaware Prestige Academy Charter School
Patricia Erin Lichtenstein, Bridgeport
Tony Sidall, Bridgeport, partnering with Achievement First
Aquila E. Hayes, Bridgeport, partnering with Bridgeport School Dist
Dr. Anthony L. Bennett, Bridgeport
Linda Brown, Bridgeport
Michael Thomas Duffy, Bridgeport
Kathleen Sullivan, Bridgeport
Toni Giannone, Bridgeport, partnered with Speech Express, LLC
Eugene Campbell, Stamford, partnering with Yerwood Center
Gregory Middleton, Danbury
Rev. Lindsay E. Curtis, Norwalk
Susan Zerio, East Haven
Dr. Isaak Aronson New Haven
Althea Cordner, Hartford
Bernard Thomas, Hartford
Ismail Agirman, New Haven
Chaka Felder, New Haven
Valarie Shultz-Wilson, New Haven, partnered with Urban League Southern CT
Jill Bongiolatti, Winsted, partnered with First Robotics
Elsa M. Nunez, Windham, partnering with Windham School Dist
Ron Ward, Norwich, partnering with the Center for Montessori Teacher Ed. NY
Dr. Barbara L. Ruggiero Waterbury The Childrens Community School
Bob Rath, Windham, partnered with Windham Public School