Superintendent's record should speak ...

Superintendent's record should speak for itself

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bpthoodnews

Edison, NJ

#1 Jul 18, 2013
As a parent of three children in the Bridgeport school system -- kindergarten and second-grade at James J. Curiale and an 11th-grader at Central High School -- I've never had any interactions or met the previous superintendent of Bridgeport until Paul Vallas came aboard. Once in position, he attended many district Parent Advisory Council meetings, keeping parents up to date on what his intentions are in improving our schools. This is why it baffles me that the district PAC is rallying against him after at one point they were rallying to keep him aboard.

Also, since I'm on the subject, I don't feel like the District PAC does everything it can to support parents like the members are always stating. As a PAC member I called on them a few times to help me with engaging more parents at our PAC meetings as well as other things, and they have yet to show up or call. I honestly don't see what it is they do to help parents besides arguing at district meetings and inviting community activists to give their one-sided perspective, such as Carmen Lopez. I never knew this woman existed until she came to our meeting to give parents an insight on the difference between Bridgeport public and charter schools. At the end she announces that she was the one suing Mr. Vallas, which I felt was inappropriate at the time. No one was there to hear her opinions on how she felt about him and I'm quite sure there were parents there, including myself, who supported him. So I ask, what exactly is the District PAC job description again?

Who is Carmen Lopez to want to remove Mr. Vallas? I haven't heard or seen her contribute any way, shape or form to our children in Bridgeport. What is her agenda? Does she have any children in our school system? And since she wants Paul removed, does she "know" someone better to replace him? Will this person have the same years in educational experience as Mr. Vallas? Paul Vallas is one of the few who actually talks and shows proof. Just to name a few things, he's balanced our educational budget without laying off any teachers, implemented new curriculums across the district as well as having a team of Bridgeport teachers working on them, he's restructured the special education system, our schools have new technology and he's created a tier intervention program for failing schools with parents and community member involvement.

Paul Vallas' background experience speaks for itself. Challenging him because of a piece of paper he lacks that only requires 13 months is hilarious when he has 17 years behind him. It isn't political motivation that pushes Mr. Vallas; it's changing our educational system for the better. I bet she didn't have our children's best interest at heart when she decided to bring about this lawsuit. Because of people like Carmen Lopez and those with her, our children are the ones who are going to ultimately suffer.

Tonya Whitley
Chester

Stratford, CT

#2 Jul 22, 2013
If that's what you think.

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