Dozens rally outside of City Hall calling for equity for Bridgeport students

Dozens of people rallied outside Bridgeport City Hall Monday calling for change in the city's public schools.

News 12 Staff

Jul 13, 2020, 9:07 PM

Updated 1,441 days ago

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Dozens of people rallied outside Bridgeport City Hall Monday calling for change in the city's public schools.
They demanded equity for Bridgeport students and a real plan for when kids get back in the classroom in the fall.
The group caravanned to City Hall with a police escort. They say more than anything they want to be part of the decision-making when it comes to Bridgeport schools.
Pastor William McCullough founded FaithActs for Education, a group of religious leaders fighting for better education in Bridgeport. It's a mission that began in 2014 but has been heightened recently.
His group was joined by other advocates Monday as they unveiled its People's Plan for Education.
Students and parents were among the speakers who addressed a crowd of about 40 people, calling out state and local leaders for what they say is a lack of funding, inferior classroom supplies and subpar buildings.
"How is it that we're one of the biggest cities and we have like really nothing. We get the scraps," said parent Shantel Mendez.
"I think systemic racism plays a big part in our district and we're just here to say enough is enough," said Wanda Simmons, Greater Bridgeport NAACP Education Chair.
As the Black Lives Matters movement grows across the country, the group says education injustice is part of that.
FaithActs' plan includes more than 20 requests for changes on the state and local level. Ideas include increasing education funding by disinvesting in police and providing stipends for low-income families who choose to or must home school their children.
"We want a seat at the table so we can help and make sure that the plans they're proposing for our kids," said McCullough.
Other demands in that plan include hiring more teachers of color, changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day and making Juneteenth a state holiday.


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