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City and school board to join forces for more funding

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BRIDGEPORT — The seeds may have been planted for the city council and school board to act as one in prying more education funding from the state. It may come through legal action. It may take the form of a shared bus ride up to Hartford. But in what some are calling the first, the […] [Read More]
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Bassick hosts March Against Violence on Saturday

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Bridgeport – The Ninth Annual March Against Violence will be held Saturday October 25, 2014, starting at Bassick High School. Students march in memory of Tavon Duharte, a student who was killed by a classmate in their junior year at Bassick in 2005. They also march to send a message to the community that they are anti-violence […] [Read More]
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In search of an eligible Bridgeport school board candidate

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BRIDGEPORT — Nothing comes easy for the city school board, not even filling a vacant seat. The sudden decision by Working Family Party Member John Bagley to resign, has left the remaining board members with one, maybe two legal opinions about how to fill the seat. Bagley was a Democrat and according to the city […] [Read More]
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State board chair elected area director of national association

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Allan Taylor, the chair of the Connecticut State Board of Education has been elected as Northeast Area Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) this month at the association’s Annual Conference in Denver.  Taylor has chaired the Connecticut board since 2005, and he serves as Chair of the Finance, Audit and Department […] [Read More]
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Teachers’ unions applaud new insurance trust

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HARTFORD – The Connecticut’s Teachers’ Retirement Board, in collaboration with state treasurer and attorney general, have worked to shore-up a retirement health fund that Connecticut’s retired educators depend on, according to the leaders of both state teachers unions. The retirement board has voted unanimously to establish the legal structure for a new trust after receiving approval from the Office of […] [Read More]
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New places to read at Bridgeport’s Batalla School

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This from Marge Hiller, director of the Bridgeport Public Education Fund: On October 21st  the Bridgeport Public Education Fund held a dedication ceremony in the Cesar Batalla School library to honor James Ford,  a reader and volunteer in the classroom of Cynthia Alvarez for eight years. Ford passed away earlier this year and the family requested […] [Read More]
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Fast Pass panned at community forum

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BRIDGEPORT – A security system that would photograph and do instant sex offender checks on everyone who enters a city school was unanimously panned Wednesday at a school board community forum attended by more than 100 people. Speakers called it “Big Brother,” suggested it would lead to parent profiling and in the end, not protect […] [Read More]
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Principal dragging video not protected under FERPA

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HARTFORD – The  Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, acting on the recommendation of a hearing officer, unanimously decided that videos showing Carmen Perez Dickson, a former principal at Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, were not exempt from disclosure under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA.)  The videos were key evidence used in determining that board […] [Read More]
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Breaking ground for a new residence hall on October 22, 2014, at Sacred Heart University are, from left, senior Resident Success Assistants Megan Atkinson and Connor Donnelly, Bridgeport City Council members AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia and Michelle Lyons, Chairman of SHU’s Board of Trustees James T. Morley, Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and SHU President John J. Petillo. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek

Sacred Heart breaks ground for more students

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  FAIRFIELD – For Sacred Heart University students spending the year living in a hotel this may or may not come soon enough: The university today broke ground  on a new 87,000-square-foot, 216-bed residence hall to be built on the corner of Jefferson Street and Park Avenue. The new structure is being placed across from the […] [Read More]
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Now “contested” community forum still on

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Updated (again!): The Bridgeport school board’s community forum is still on for tonight, 6 to 8 p.m., at Batalla School, according to School Board Chairwoman Sauda Baraka in an email sent out this afternoon. Her email was in response to an email sent by former school board member Maria Pereira saying she plans to file […] [Read More]
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