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Foster Calls For The School Chief’s Resignation

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John Ramos makes a quarter of a million a year as head of the school system of Connecticut’s largest city, but now says the system is dysfunctional under his leadership (or lack of) and requires state intervention. Should he stay or should he go? From Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster: Foster: Expel Ramos; Expel Finch Bridgeport businesswoman and social […] [Read More]
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Is Asking The State To Takeover Education Failure Or Reform?

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It seemed inevitable given Superintendent of Schools John Ramos’ plea for financial help for struggling city schools. CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck chronicles the request by Ramos and Mayor Bill Finch for state intervention here> This is tricky stuff for the mayor two months before a Democratic primary and after that, assuming he moves […] [Read More]
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Why Didn’t Education Officials Scream Sooner?

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School finances are a nightmare. Hundreds of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, literacy coaches and more could be cut as school officials respond to yet another flatline budget. Over the past couple of nights the hand wringing has played out at Board of Education meetings. The timing of this teeth gnashing is curious. […] [Read More]
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The Pension Debate: A Reader Challenges The CT Post

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John Marshall Lee, a Black Rock resident who organized a financial watchdog group to examine the finer points of the Bridgeport city budget, takes issue with the Connecticut Post Editorial Board’s support of Mayor Bill Finch’s decision to defer millions in pension payments for some uniformed retirees in favor of a long-term plan. See the […] [Read More]
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The City’s $1 Billion Financial Storm Warning

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Ouch. A budget-hawk organization that calls itself Institute For Truth In Accounting doesn’t exactly paint a rosy picture about city finances. See this http://connecticut.statebudgetwatch.org/files/2011/05/Bridgeport-CT-2010.pdf And this http://www.truthinaccounting.org/news/listing_article.asp?section=451&section2=451&CatID=5&ArticleSource=964 The organization issued the report in partnership with Bridgeport resident David Walker, the nation’s former chief accountant, who predicted the national financial collapse. [Read More]
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What Do The Polls Say?

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A new poll conducted by the Merriman River Group shows Mayor Bill Finch with a 5 point lead over former Mayor Joe Ganim and a 15 point lead over Mary-Jane Foster, co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish, in head-to-head matchups based on more than 500 likely Democratic voters. Finch has larger leads over two other announced Democrats, […] [Read More]
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It Was Nuts! Political Theater 1981

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Bridgeport’s mayoral campaign has begun. Will there be any drama? Thirty years ago the municipal election between Democrat John Mandanici and Republican Lenny Paoletta was a reporter’s dream, for the force of the candidates personalities and all the explosive background noise. Mandanici was the incumbent keeper of the keys to city’s Democratic machine. Paoletta was […] [Read More]
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Who’s Your Mayoral Candidate?

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CT Post reporter Keila Torres Ocasio’s Sunday article provides an intriguing glimpse into a possible Democratic primary matchup in September. If former Mayor Joe Ganim isn’t getting into the race he’s doing a pretty good imitation. And the forces of Mayor Bill Finch are loading up the campaign warchest for a showdown with Ganim if he […] [Read More]
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