From Connecticut Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck:
A crowd that tested the limits of the Aquaculture School all-purpose room’s 198-person capacity told the Board of Education in no uncertain terms Monday not to close Dunbar and Roosevelt schools.
“People feel disrespected. That is the anger you hear tonight,” said Wayne Winston of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP and a Roosevelt School graduate. “The anger that you see in this room is nothing compared to what you will see if you close those schools.”
Winston told the board the NAACP chapter has voted to ask it to stop the proceedings to close the two schools and to conduct an impact study of closing both schools, which are said to be among the lowest performing schools in the state.
Some in the room claimed the closing of Dunbar and Roosevelt was the equivalent of institutional racism. Based on what? This is the most difficult BOE budget in a long time. It has the same amount to spend for the budget year starting July 1 as it has for the spending year that ends this month. The BOE has asked for labor concessions. Union leadership has said stick it.
Layoffs are coming. Schools may close. And the screaming may become ear-splitting.
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