Following yesterday’s special election in Bridgeport, the reign of Bridgeport’s illegal Board of Education has come to end. Bridgeport now has a democratically elected board of education.
The democratically elected board will be made up of six Democrats and three members of the Working Families Party.
As reported in the Connecticut Post, “In all, there were nine candidates vying for four open seats in an election that was not only historic but quite possibly the last school board election if voters accept a proposed charter change in November that would put the selection of the school board in the hands of the mayor.”
In a City where almost two out of every three voters are registered as Democrats, the Democratic leadership seemed particularly overjoyed with the results.
“The people have spoken,” Democrat Kenneth Moales told the CT Post
“The kids won the election. This is a victory for them,” added Democrat Herman Illingworth.
And Mayor Bill Finch said, “the people ratified the new direction that Paul Vallas and I have taken the schools in Bridgeport, and I think it bodes well for the charter change in the fall.”
Bodes well for the Mayor’s desire to do away with a democratically elected board and replace it with one in which he gets to appoint the members?
It is interesting that no one within the Democratic machine observed that the real outcome was that democracy worked.
The people had the opportunity to select who they wanted on their board of education and they chose 6 Democrats and 3 members of the Working Families Party.
The world didn’t come to an end…
The Democrats still control the Board of Education…
And there will now be some appropriate balance, so the people will benefit from a more open and honest debate and discussion about the challenges that face Bridgeport’s schools…
It was almost as if Mayor Finch and the Democrats were surprised or disappointed that democracy worked.
…And the Mayor’s reaction was to say that it bodes well for taking away people’s democratic rights?
Hey Mr. Mayor, how about observing that this is the United States of America, we believe in democracy, and the you look forward to working with a democratically elected board as you seek to provide the children of Bridgeport with the quality education they need and deserve…