Stamford residents – Vote to EDUCATE ALL of our children, not just a select few.

Petitioning Connecticut State Board of Education

Vote Against the Proposed Charter School for Stamford, CT

We need your HELP today – We need as many signatures as possible by April 2, 2014! Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now?

Here’s the link:


If you are a Stamford, CT Resident we ask you today to vote against the proposed Stamford Charter School for Excellence and vote yes to Stamford Public Schools.

Vote to EDUCATE ALL of our children, not just a select few.

This Wednesday, April 2nd, the State Board of Ed will hold a hearing to determine if they should approve this application. If you agree against having a Charter School in Stamford – Please Sign this petition TODAY!

Parent Teacher Council of Stamford, CT :: Talking Points Against Proposed Charter School

Approx. $580 per student 

     CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING: Approx. $11,000 per student

– SPS school district ALSO must pay for transportation, additional special education costs and other related services for students attending the proposed charter school.

– All of these costs will come out of our operating budget, so it will directly affect our SPS students.

– These funds should be awarded directly to SPS to support the education of ALL students in Stamford.


– Our district’s overcrowding crisis is now.

– Charter school is planned to open in 2015 and will only impact 112 seats (56 K and 56 first grade) in that first year.

– Charter school is directly competing for available classroom space against the City of Stamford.


– Stamford has 3 district elementary magnet schools, 1 district magnet middle school, 1 interdistrict magnet elementary/middle school, 1 interdistrict magnet high school, 1 state chartered middle school, 1 state chartered high school, 14 traditional public schools, and in Fall 2014, 1 technical high school

– Stamford is distinct in that many parents LOVE their neighborhood schools and choose to have their children attend these local schools-that is OUR choice as parents.


– Our student population represents the demographics in our city.

– We have a 10% rule for all of our schools, which is more inclusive than the state’s 25% rule.

– Our schools are representative of the city’s overall diversity.  The administrators of Bronx Charter School do not have the experience teaching a heterogeneous population like WE DO.

– We are the model of integration.

– We do not do a “blind lottery” as SCSE is planning to do, which has been shown to increase segregation

– SCSE is also planning to specifically target our children of color and economically disadvantaged students for recruitment, which will all but ensure a segregated school


– SPS has increased the graduation rate from 83% to 89%

– SPS has had a double digit decrease in the achievement gap on CMTs over the past 7 years in grades 3-8

– We ARE making progress


– The CT Education Commissioner solicited charter school applications for Stamford and select other cities, without the Mayor or Superintendent’s knowledge or input

– SPS is an Alliance district and is actively engaged with the state to close our achievement gap

– This lack of transparency undermines local control of our schools

– BCSE did not seek input from the Superintendent, school officials, the mayor or parents groups and did not visit our schools.

– BCSE’s application contains many misrepresentations and several inaccuracies about our district achievements


Article: Charter school pitch not about helping community – StamfordAdvocate


Reading Is FUNdamental – April 5th, 2014

spefReading Is FUNdamental

Join us at the Ferguson Library for a FREE book giveaway on April 5th, 2014
From 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Foster your child’s love of reading with

  • Interactive story times with guest readers
  • Literacy activities
  • Reading tips for parents
  • Refreshments
  • Free book for each child to take home

Stamford Students Grades K-5

Ferguson Library
3rd Floor 96 Broad Street Stamford, CT 06901

For more information contact:
203-965-7733 or email

RIF Flyer (English) | RIF Flyer (Spanish)

Overcoming Learning Challenges on April 5th at 10:30

Jovan Haye, former-NFL defensive tackle, along with LeDerick R. Horne, national disability advocate and speaker, will share their stories of overcoming learning challenges on April 5th at 10:30.

The free event is being sponsored by Stamford Public Schools along with Marc Hoffman – LD Advocate. The gathering will take place at Westover School in Stamford. Child care and refreshments will be provided.

Jovan will talk about his struggles with school because of reading challenges, overcoming a childhood with limited resources, and how sports and a caring teacher transformed his life – leading to a 7-year stint in the NFL followed by a career as a successful entrepreneur.

As a child, LeDerick believed he did not have much of a future despite being classified as neurologically impaired in the third grade, LeDerick has become a successful spoken word poet, playwright, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and advocate. Using his gift for spoken word poetry as a teaching tool, LeDerick has been recognized across the country as a motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities.

Jovan and LeDerick will join parents, students, and learning experts from the Stamford Public Schools to speak about how to make school a more rewarding experience for all children who have difficulty academically – whether or not they have been identified for special education services.

The first 100 people to register get a free copy of Jovan Haye’s memoir that he will sign after the panel discussion, Bigger Than Me: How a Boy Conquered Dyslexia to Play in the NFL.

Please use the following link to learn more about the event and register for free.


Common Core Implementation Task Force Takes First Steps


CCSS task force meeting Common Core and the challenges districts are facing when it comes to implementation continue to be in the spotlight here in Connecticut. Yesterday the state’s Common Core Task Force, charged with making recommendations for improving the quality and consistency of Common Core implementation efforts, met for the first time in Middletown — taking a first step down the road toward making Common Core implementation consistently successful for Connecticut students.

The task force, made up of teachers, administrators, parents, board of education members, and State Department of Education officials, laid the groundwork for future meetings and introduced themselves to one another.

Stonington teacher Bruce Yarnall told other task force members that he thinks there are good aspects to the Common Core, “but we need to approach cautiously.”

Jaunita Harris, a counselor in Danbury, said she hopes to bring to the table concerns teachers in her district would like to have voiced.


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Grantmaking Boot Camp Basics Workshop

Is fundraising a challenge for your PTO? Would you like to reduce the number of fundraisers your PTO has? Would you like to offer more programming for students at your school, but just don’t have the money?

If you answered yes, then this workshop is for you!

PT Council is sponsoring a Grantmaking Boot Camp Basics workshop on Monday, March 24th from 6:30PM-8:30PM in the Julia A. Stark Elementary School Media Center. This workshop is geared towards PFO Presidents, Vice Presidents, Treasurers or volunteer fundraisers.  Each PFO may send two representatives.  The workshop will provide an overview of the foundation grant process and offer tips for navigating grant proposal writing.  The presenter is Marti Fischer and the workshop is funded by a grant from the Pitney Bowes Foundation. It is our hope that there will be enough interest, so that we can sponsor a series of workshops about grants in the future.

Click to View the flyer.

RSVP to Regan Allan ( by Friday, March 21st.

Presenter:  Marti Fischer
Funded by a grant from the Pitney Bowes Foundation

Summary: This fast-paced 2-hour workshop will provide an overview of the foundation grant process and offer tips for navigating grant  proposal writing. The program will address such questions as ‘What is the difference between a grant and a donation?’, ‘How do I identify appropriate funders?’ and ‘What are the most important aspects of a grant proposal?’

The workshop will:

• Explain the role of grants and foundations within your overall funding strategy
• Demystify the grant seeking process
• Provide an overview of the elements in a grant proposal

A list of resources will also be provided for attendees.

About Marti Fischer: After a 15-year career in the advertising and television industry, Marti shifted her focus to the nonprofit sector with the personal commitment to help nonprofits become vital partners that enhance the fabric of their communities. Marti works with organizations to define their core work and purpose, create clear messaging, and develop practical fundraising and communication strategies that attract and retain donors. Marti employs many of these same practices in her work offering practical and affordable coaching for women who are reentering the workforce or considering a new career path. She is a frequent presenter on these topics and serves on the Ethics Committee for the National Grant Professionals Organization (formerly the American Association of Grant Professionals). Marti lives in New York City and can be reached through her website, .

Important PT Council Dates for March 2014

Tuesday, March 11th 6-8:00 pm
The State will hold a Public Hearing in the cafeteria on the 4th floor of the Government Center regarding the Proposed Charter School.  The Bronx Charter School for Excellence has expressed interest in bringing a Pre-K to 5th grade charter school to Stamford.  This is a decision that will have a dramatic impact on the city of Stamford and its public schools.

Talking points stating the PTC position regarding this new school – click here.  We encourage you all to attend as this potential school will greatly affect all of the students in our district and it is very important that the state hear our thoughts.

For more info:

Wednesday, March 12th at 6:30

Dr. Hamilton will present the budget to the Board of Finance

Thursday, March 13th at 7:30
PT Council meeting in the 5th floor boardroom at the Government Center

Thursday, March 20th from 7-9 pm
A Public Forum entitled “Coming Out to Open Arms”:  A Celebration of Acceptance, Health, and Well-being of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered & Questioning Youth and their Families (Please click here for more information)

Thursday, March 27th
BOF/BOR Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget, more info will be sent as the date gets closer

Mock PPT Meeting — Thursday, January 30, 2014


sponsored by SCOPES (Stamford Coalition of Parents Expecting Success) and Ablilis

This interactive event will be facilitated by Attorney Anne Treimanis, and will star several members of Stamford Public School’s administrative staff, includingWayne Holland, and Beryl Williams.  Also appearing will be Rabbi Josh Hammerman, Karen Feder, Abilis Director of Youth Services, and the Stamford JCC Inclusion Specialist, Dinushka DeSilva.

Watch the drama unfolds as the panel re-enacts two versions of the same IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting for a student with a disability. Tips for a successful PPT meeting will be discussed. The presentation is entertaining, dramatic, and educational.  Even those parents whose children have a 504 plan will benefit from observing the planning and placement team meeting.  Spanish translation will be available.

Please join us at Rippowam Middle School:  381 High Ridge Rd.Stamford, CT on January 30th from 7:00-9:00pm.

All parents and interested professionals are welcome.

Please RSVP to Monica at or 203 324 1880 ext 336.

SCOPES is a Member of the PT Council of Stamford