Bridgeport Mayor Says Tax Hike Necessary To Save Schools

BRIDGEPORT, CT (CBSNewYork) – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch has been getting plenty of criticism for his plan to raise taxes in the city budget, but he says there is an area of critical need.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

After holding the line on taxes for three years mayor, Finch says there is no choice now but to raise taxes.

About a third of the $24 million boost would go to reforming public schools in Connecticut’s biggest city, schools which the mayor says for too long have been held hostage to a system that lacks accountability.

“My kids go to public schools, and I’m not satisfied with the level of education that our public schools are offering in the city of Bridgeport. It’s one of the worst schools systems in Connecticut or New England,” Finch told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau on Tuesday.

The evidence is in the end product, says the mayor.

For example, only 10 percent of Bridgeport’s 10th graders are reading at grade level.

“At Housatonic Community College, right across the street here from City Hall, Fran, 80 percent of the students there begin a community college education in remedial classes,” he told Schneidau.

Finch is convinced that change will come with Gov. Dan Malloy’s education reform agenda. He says the governor has stepped forward to represent the special interests of disadvantaged students.

What do you have to say about taxes and schools in Bridgeport? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  1. DIANN says:

    NOT JUST BRIDGEPORT “PUBLIC” SCHOOLS ARE SUFFERING, LOOK AROUND ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN “ALL” CITIES, STATES, COUNTIES ETC ARE HIT & THATS NOT STOPPING CHILDREN FROM BEING BORN EVERYDAY W/THE EXPENSE BEING ON THE SHOULDERS OF THESE PLACES. WHY IS THIS PROBLEM IS OUT OF CONTROL IN “PUBLIC” SCHOOLS & PARENTS CAN’T (OR) WON’T GET INVOLVED ? PRIVATE SCHOOLS DON’T HAVE HALF THE PROBLEMS PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE. PARENTS NEED TO PUT THE FIRE OUT & GET BACK ON TRACK ! I AM TOLD THAT IN THE STATE OF NY WHERE I’VE LIVED ALL MY LIFE THAT THERE IS A “WAITING LIST” FOR DAYCARE & KINDERGARDEN, TALK ABOUT BEING OVER CROWDED & OVERWHELMED ! ! THESE WOMEN BETTER WAKE REAL FAST, THE BOAT WILL DOCK SOON ! !

  2. M. Meyer says:

    Bridgeport taxes are way too high now. I don’t think residents of Bridgeport who don’t have any children and senior citizens should have to pay higher taxes when they don’t use the school system. There should be a tax levied on parents that use the school system. How are senior citizens on a fixed income going to survive paying higher taxes than they are having difficulty paying at the present tax rate.

    A school tax should be established for parents of school age children that are using the school system.

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