And last but not least, in Finch/Vallas land…

Speaking of $100,000

After helping Mayor Finch and five of the six Democrats on the Bridgeport Board of Education push through an illegal 3 year contract for Paul Vallas on a vote of 5 to 4, Joshua Thompson, Finch’s “education point person” continues to have a biography up on a national website calling  himself;

Deputy Mayor for Education for the city of Bridgeport, CT.

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Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson is the Director of Education and Youth Policy and the Deputy Mayor for Education for the city of Bridgeport, CT. Prior to this position, he was the Program Analyst and Projects Manager for the Deputy Mayor for Education in the Executive Office of the Mayor in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he served in a direct oversight role in the District’s schools, working in partnership with charter schools, as well as the federal government on policies such as Race to the Top and other major initiatives that impact the District at large. Joshua has also served as the Director of Athletics and Institutional Advancement at Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey, which he attended as a youth.

He was awarded a Public Service Legal Fellowship by Vermont Law School to help shape the changing landscape of education in Newark. During his fellowship, Joshua co-wrote the strategic plan for the creation and operation of Partnership for Education in Newark (PENewark), a program that reached and involved more local residents than had ever been engaged in a city of Newark’s size. He then served as a Research Analyst for the project, funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In this role, Joshua worked as a direct advisor to PENewark’s co-chairs, Shavar Jeffries and the Mayor of Newark, Cory A. Booker.

  • buygoldandpropser

    More of the same in a state that hires and praises losers like Michael Meotti, Robert Kennedy, Kip Bergstrom, Dan Etsy. The list is huge and makes a mockery of high standards and meritocracy.
    Dan Malloy is a big fan of the spoils system so what can we expect all the way down the line? Remember Colleen Flanagan and the many, many overpaid,unskilled spokespeople in this tiny little state? Heck! Susan Herbst could yell loud enough and it might be heard in Greenwich…why all the spokes people? It is so that those in charge can be removed from the mess when, as Dan said, it hits the fan. Layers and layers of people to stand between those in charge and the fan contents.

    Arrogance and greed are the hallmark of the Malloy administration. Twas ever thus.

    And do not forget that it is a universal world view with the first family:

    “One of the things about public life, whether they’re Republican or Democrat, is that people do not appreciate people in public life the way they should. They beat their politicians up every day, and this is a huge problem. Not only do we get beat up, our children get beat up. It’s a tough business,” she said.
    “In April I drove to work and I forgot to put my seat belt on, and I was pulled over by police. Of course, they had no idea who I was because I drive this really shitty car, and they didn’t believe that I was the governor’s wife in this shitty car. And I was driving myself, because of course, governor’s wives only get security when we’re with our husbands. We’re pretty second-class without them.

    –Cathy ($200K a year sinecure) Malloy

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    Someone needs to contact CUP and let them know one of their featured persons is lying about his current job title. It kind of calls into question how much of the rest of the stuff they put out on their website is fabrication. What do they do anyway?

  • TMS

    On another education subject…I’ve been scouting through the papers trying to find out if the Board of Regents did infact vote to increase tuition for in-state students at the other four state universities, but I can’t find anything. It was my understanding that the vote was suppose to happen today. Has anyone seen anything regarding the increase?

    • jonpelto

      Will check and post… I’ve got a uconn related tuition story to run with too – so I’ll try to do both…

      • TMS

        Thank you Jon. I was just on the website and didn’t see anything there either. I appreciate it.

  • Urban

    Think how many paraprofessionals could be hired with his salary. His experience is similiar to the professional experiences of the people that the Commissioner has hired at the State Department of Education. For example, Colin Moore who works for the Commissioner, not sure what he does, but I have seen him attend meetings in New Haven with the Commissioner. I think he is about 25 years of age. I had an opportunity to speak with him once and I must say I was not impressed. From what I understand he is on a contract with the State and he problably makes about 80K. I doubt he even interviewed for his job. It was probably another hookup from the Pryor. Johnathan, do you anything about this person? He is just an example of the many people that the Commisioner has hired without advertising the position.

    • jonpelto

      I’ll check

      Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos