In a letter sent to Bridgeport Education Association President Gary Peluchette on May 30, State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor invited the union and Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas to meet to with him to discuss how to resolve the union’s complaint against Vallas.
On Tuesday, May 21, CEA filed a complaint against Vallas for breaking the law by not allowing teachers, parents, and community leaders to participate in the educational process as outlined in state law regarding School Governance Councils, Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-223 j.
“The Commissioner’s willingness to meet to resolve this issue indicates that he recognizes the importance of School Governance Councils and is committed to resolving this breach of state law in Bridgeport,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen.
Cohen added, “Research shows that successful and sustainable school improvement plans include all stakeholders—students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community leaders. School Governance Councils have a successful track record of including all parties in important school decisions that help improve student achievement.”