Bridgeport Board of Education candidates discuss key education issues
BOE candidates answer key questions
Original article posted in The Connecticut Post by Linda Conner Lambeck.
Six Democrats -- three endorsed, three not -- square off in a Sept. 10 primary for the city Board of Education. The top three vote-getters win the right to run in the general election in November.
None of the six is an incumbent, and none has much history with a nine-member school board that is known best for not getting along.
Over the past four years, Bridgeport's Board of Education has been marked by such controversy and rancor that, with Mayor Bill Finch's help, it was replaced by the state in July 2011. That replacement was eventually ruled illegal, and a special election was held last September to fill four seats that expired in the interim. Three of those open seats went to Democrats who had been part of the state-appointed school board.
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