Last night (February 11, 2014), the Board voted to close Roosevelt as a Middle School, transitioning the students from Roosevelt into Slade and Pulaski next year, and re-purposing Roosevelt Middle School as both the Satellite Careers Academy and swing space for Gaffney Elementary School. I voted in favor of this plan and I wanted to take a moment to share my reasons and thoughts.
Many people have been highly critical of my decision, and the decision of my Republican colleagues, to forward Superintendent Cooper’s budget request to the Board of Finance and Taxation and the Mayor without first making cuts to his proposal. People have accused me of being blinded by “group think” and of being “corrupted” by the other members of the Board of Education. I would like to explain clearly the reason I voted the way I did. Read More
The below is a copy of a column that originally appeared in the New Britain City Journal on August 3, 2012.
Recently released test scores for the New Britain School District have shown that our school is still well behind State averages and no where near the goals set by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act. These numbers are even more dismal when we look at how underserved our hispanic population is by our schools. With dropout rates that are one of the highest in the State, it is no wonder we have been the target of much criticism.