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.
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.