Bridgeport Board of Education Puts Ideology Before Children

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For Immediate Release: March 11, 2014
Contact: Bob Bellafiore, 518-928-8471, bob@stanhope-ny.com
 
BRIDGEPORT BOARD OF ED PUTS IDEOLOGY BEFORE CHILDREN
Board’s Resolution Calling for Moratorium on New Public Charter Schools In the City Ignores Strong Parent Demand for More Options
 
Hartford, CT – At its most recent meeting, the Bridgeport Board of Education passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on new public charter schools in the city.  The resolution comes two days before the State Board of Education is holding a local hearing on the application for the Great Oaks Bridgeport Charter School, and about a week before the hearing on the Capital Prep Harbor Charter School application. The Board’s action is only a symbolic gesture, however, because the State Board of Education has the ultimate legal authority for approving new state charter schools.
 
Northeast Charter Schools Network Connecticut State Director Jeremiah Grace said the following about the Board’s action:
 
“Someone should tell the Board that Bridgeport parents have already spoken, and they want more high quality public school options. That’s why there are more than 1,100 names on waitlists for Bridgeport public charter schools—all of which are out-performing the district.
 
“These parents deserve options, and it is disappointing to see the board put ideology and politics before the needs of Bridgeport children.
 
“The Great Oaks and Capital Prep Harbor proposals could be game-changing for Bridgeport children. Great Oaks will focus on students whose first language isn’t English and bring its high-impact tutoring model to hundreds of students in grades 6 to 12.  The Capital Prep Harbor proposal aims to replicate the work of the Hartford school which boasts a 97% high school graduation rate and will serve hundreds more students in grades Pre-K to 12.
 
“There is an educational crisis in Bridgeport and if we are going to get more of our youth ready for college and careers of the future, we will need all hands on deck. Charters can and want to help.”
 
About the Northeast Charter Schools Network
The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high-quality charter schools in the region so that all students can receive a great public education.
 
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