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Vallas’ standardized testing obsession: 3 rounds of tests plus CMTs

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What Forget about the concept that our schools need to devote more time to learning; Paul Vallas, “education reformer extraordinaire,” and Bridgeport’s, $229,000, part-time, interim superintendent of schools, has announced an unprecedented standardized testing assault on Bridgeport’s student and their teachers. In an announcement yesterday, Team Vallas informed administrators that […] [Read More]
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Report: Wage Gap in CT Between Wealthy and Others Has Grown

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The report is on the CT Voices website: State of Working CT Report Warns Job Sector Shifts and Opportunity Gaps Point to Troubling Future A Labor Day weekend report on wages and jobs in Connecticut finds that the wage gap between the wealthy and others has grown over the recent economic recession and recovery, with […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport’s Assault on Special Education

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What Following up on Wait, What?’s earlier post today about Bridgeport’s massive cuts to special education services; When it comes to special education services, the State Board of Education’s mission statement could not be clearer. According to that statement, the State Board “believes each student is unique and needs an […] [Read More]
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Former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s endorsement of President Obama

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A must read, as reported here: Despite its critics on the left (it should have been bigger) and the right (it should never have been done, Solyndra) parts of the Stimulus were front and center in former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s recent endorsement of President Obama: “Many have already forgotten how deep and daunting […] [Read More]
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New Ad Exposes McMahon’s Real Record and Plan

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This weekend, Chris Murphy’s campaign for Senate will launch a new television ad to expose wrestling boss Linda McMahon’s miserable record at the WWE and her so-called economic plan, which would give the McMahons a $7 million tax break on the backs of middle class families in Connecticut. “It’s time for the people of Connecticut […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport Democrat says he is for school vouchers

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What One of the more incredible comments at a recent debate among the candidates running in Bridgeport’s September 4th special election to select a democratically elected board of education came from Democrat Kenneth Moales, who is also an incumbent on the Bridgeport’s illegal Board of Education. According to the Connecticut […] [Read More]
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Quick Fix to Bridgeport’s Special Education Budget?

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What Yesterday afternoon, Paul Vallas’ Chief of Staff released a statement refuting the numbers that I had posted about the City’s special education budget. On Tuesday, I wrote, “Bridgeport’s new city budget eliminates 90 percent of the money needed to pay the tuition costs for the placement of special education […] [Read More]
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The Fanatical GOP

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by Robert Reich The Republican Party platform, approved today, would bar abortion even in cases of rape and incest. This is basically Todd Akin’s position, but at least the GOP platform doesn’t assert that women’s bodies identify and reject rapists’ sperm. Meanwhile, Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan provides ample evidence to seniors (and anyone planning […] [Read More]
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What is Paul Vallas doing to Bridgeport’s Special Education Students?

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by Jon Pelto from Wait What When Bridgeport’s City Council approved this year’s $511.1 million city budget, it included a core school budget of $215.8 million. That is the same amount that was budgeted last year. Last year’s school budget was balanced, in part, from a series of budget cuts proposed by Paul Vallas, Bridgeport’s […] [Read More]
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