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Bridgeport School Board Takes Aim at Magnet Schools

September 27, 2017 By Staff
Bridgeport School Board Takes Aim at Magnet Schools

The Bridgeport school board's attempt to erode the standards parents have advocated for, such as removing chronically-disruptive students.

In a renewed attempt, Bridgeport’s school board is back trying to relax behavior standards at city magnet schools. Some parents are pushing back, according to the CT Post:

“It breaks my heart just thinking about the situation,” Julian Godoy, another Multicultural Magnet School parent, said. ”Do you really think acceptable for children to chronically disrupt students in our classrooms … you will make entire classrooms suffer.”

Attendance to Bridgeport’s magnet schools is done by lottery, as outlined on the Bridgeport Public School website.

School choice has been a hot button national issue, especially with the appointment of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education, who has strongly supported magnet schools and greater choice.

The Bridgeport school board’s attempt to erode the standards parents have advocated for, such as removing chronically-disruptive students from learning environments, is one of the many reason parents and students apply to magnet schools over traditional schools.

In 2016, educational advocacy groups had fought to remove restrictions so charter and magnet schools could expand to meet popular demand. Now, as Connecticut still has no budget, it’s unclear how magnet schools will be affected.