"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Vallas and CorpEd Lose in Bridgeport Election

The school board election in Bridgeport represents a clear referendum on the antiquarian loser reforms that have increasingly crippled public education over the past 30 years.  Will state governments and the Feds take note?

How sweet it is! From CTPost.com:

BRIDGEPORT -- The city Board of Education slipped out of the hands of Mayor Bill Finch and Schools Superintendent Paul Vallas on Tuesday, despite the surprise win of a Republican school board candidate.
In the election, the majority of the nine-member school board tipped in favor of the Connecticut Working Families Party. The winners include Democrats Howard Gardner, Dave Hennessey and Andre Baker, joined by incumbent Working Families member Sauda Baraka and Republican Joe Larcheveque.
Larcheveque won largely by the power of an unofficial 593 votes he received at Black Rock School, where he lives and where his three kids went to school.
"This will be good," he said Tuesday evening. "It will be good to have a voice of change to get education on the right track."
Baker, who ran on the Democratic and the Working Families Party lines, was the top vote-getter by a wide margin, with more than 5,200 votes, unofficially.
"I don't look at it as me getting the most votes," Baker said. "I look at it as a team."

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