Let’s get one thing straight: Bridgeport charter schools do not syphon money away from traditional public schools. This is not only the most pervasive myth about charter schools, it’s also the most damaging.
Recent claims about charter schools and their funding by the state director of the Northeast Charter Schools Network are false and misleading, at least as they pertain to Bridgeport. According to one city school administrator’s calculations, charter schools will siphon away over $26 million dollars from our school system over the next five years.
The Bridgeport Board of Education’s recent actions show that it misses the big picture.
Approving all four schools was the right thing to do – educationally, fiscally, and morally.
State investigators have concluded that the state’s largest public school system “systemically violated” state laws created to ensure students with special education needs are promptly identified and provided services.
Paul Vallas — who was recruited by the state’s education commissioner to run Bridgeport Public Schools — is running for lieutenant governor in Illinois as the running mate with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.