More than 200 men, women and children packed the multipurpose room at Bulkeley High School for tonight’s city school board meeting, with most of them there for a specific agenda item: the approval of a second Achievement First K-8 charter school in Hartford.
The board voted 5-2 to allow the Achievement First exansion to move forward, but not before City Councilman Larry Deutsch got physically escorted out of the meeting for speaking, or shouting, out of order.
Deutsch of the Working Families Party had signed up to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting. Instead of addressing the board, though, he took the microphone and faced the audience. Board Chairman Matthew Poland called repeatedly for order, which Deutsch ignored. Someone silenced the microphone but Deutsch kept speaking.
While his words were difficult to decipher over the commotion, it’s safe to say that he did not support the Achievement First proposal.
See for yourself. Video clips were taken on the iPhone.