BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport’s lack of jobs, high crime rate, and crumbling neighborhoods make it hard for children to focus on school work, says Republican mayoral candidate Enrique Torres.
Torres -- who is running against Democrat Joe Ganim, Democrat-turned-independent Mary-Jane Foster, and an unaffiliated candidate – recently released a video in which he outlined five ways to help fix the city’s “failing school system.”
Torres said that while he believes charter schools help many children to “achieve at a higher level,” he still thinks Bridgeport’s public schools should be fully funded.
Advocating for higher teacher pay, Torres said teachers are lured away by towns that pay more than Bridgeport.
As mayor, Torres said, he would lobby the school board to increase pay so talented teachers would stay in the city.
Hungry children can’t learn properly, Torres said. The school district spends $10 million to run its food program, but only $4.2 million on food itself, he said. His solution would be, he said, to reverse the allocation and to provide better food to schoolchildren.
High school students need real life work experience, Torres said. To fund student work/study programs, Torres said he would “partner with the private sector.”
Lastly, Torres proposed providing trade skills training in the city’s high schools. This will, the candidate said, help ensure that students – who are not college bound – will have marketable skills.
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