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Joe Giandurco

  • NPS looks to redesign its middle school redesign

    Clarification, 5:22 p.m.: Students with interventions can’t take electives.  NORWALK, Conn. — It’s time to move out of middle school “redesign” and into “design,” Norwalk Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Brenda Myers said last week. The controversial middle school redesign, begun in 2016, is being relooked at, with the possibility of changing the 80-minute blocks…

  • Norwalk teachers’ union VP notes ‘resistance’ to ‘bold and costly plans’

    Norwalk teachers’ union VP notes ‘resistance’ to ‘bold and costly plans’

    Updated, 8:01 a.m.: Copy edits NORWALK, Conn. – The “very large and aggressive” 2019-20 Norwalk Public Schools operating budget request has “guinea pig items” that haven’t been thoroughly publicly vetted, a teachers union leader told Board of Education members at Tuesday’s meeting. Efforts to create a Montessori School, a School of Distinction and a rigor and relevance…

  • NFT leaders challenge BoE’s public talk of layoffs

    Update, 1 p.m.: Comment from Bryan Meek; correction, 12:35 p.m.: Description of BoE Finance Committee meeting revised. NORWALK, Conn. – The approach taken to this year’s Norwalk Public Schools budget shortfall is disheartening and disrespectful, Norwalk Federation of Teachers leaders said to the Board of Education on Tuesday. “To publicly call for layoffs, to attack…

  • Norwalk middle school redesign slammed at BoE meeting

    NORWALK, Conn. – The developing Norwalk middle school redesign was assailed again Tuesday, with parents joining in this time with education union representatives. Block scheduling at middle schools is a “drastic and potentially crushing change,” Norwalk Federation of Teachers (NFT) Vice President Joe Giandurco said to the Board of Education, urging that the process be…

  • Norwalk teachers decry ‘management by fear’

    Norwalk teachers decry ‘management by fear’

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk teachers are “staggering at the prospect” of losing their jobs and being asked to do more with less, Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon said to the Board of Education on Tuesday. It’s “management by fear” now that Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski is in charge, Yordon said, joined in…

  • Norwalk ‘shock:’ R.I.P. Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion

    NORWALK, Conn. — Shockwaves continue in the death of Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion. “I’ve gotten a lot of text messages from teachers in my building who were just shocked, concerned about what this means for the teachers. Bruce was a central figure in a lot of issues,” social studies teacher Joe Giandurco…

  • Norwalk partisans continue to play blame game over Rivera’s exit

    NORWALK, Conn. – There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the exit of Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera, State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) said Saturday. “I saw him the other day,” Duff said at the League of Women Voters of Norwalk’s Pie and Politics forum. “There are some things that he…