Tell the Truth!

Post date: May 2, 2012 2:01:50 PM

The “Education Reformers” just aren’t capable of telling the truth….but hopefully legislators will!

May 01

jonpeltoAchievement First/ConnCAN, Charter Schools, Education, Malloy, Stefan Pryor2 Comments

Now is the time to call or write your legislators and ask them the truth about Malloy’s “Commissioner’s Network” plan … because if you read what the “Education Reformers” are saying about Section 18 of Governor Malloy’s bill – the provisions dealing with the creation of the “Commissioner’s Network” – you’d wonder what all the fuss is about.

Yesterday, for example, the President of Eastern Connecticut State University said that the “Commissioner’s Network” was simply “a program that would allow the state to assume financial and administrative control of 25 of the state’s lowest performing schools… and provides flexible options at the local level, including the creation of charter schools and incentives for teachers to accept positions in network-designated schools.”

But that actually isn’t what Section 18 does. In fact, it isn’t even close to the truth.

And yet “education reformers” continue their inappropriate strategy of misleading legislators, parents, teachers, local officials and the people of Connecticut about what is an extraordinarily flagrant abuses of power in Malloy’s education bill.

The language creating the “Commissioner’s Network” (previously known as Section 18) is very clear, very concise and, if the bill passes, it will become very much the law in Connecticut.

So what does the language actually do?

It allows Stefan Pryor, Malloy’s Education Commissioner, to take over up to 25 local schools this summer.

The local board of education will then have 120 days to agree to the Commissioner’s “turnaround” plan. If they don’t, the Commissioner takes official control of the schools, fires the teachers and administrators, bans collective bargaining and turns the schools over to an unnamed and undefined third parties.

These entities, in turn, would be exempt from Connecticut’s laws limiting the use of outside consultants and the laws requiring competitive bidding.

If Connecticut legislators support Malloy’s “Commissioner’s Network” they are supporting each of the following provisions.

Now is the time to call, email or write to see and see if your legislators support these actions?

And despite the clear, obvious language of the bill, not a single “education reformer” (including the Governor and the Education Commissioner) has been willing to address the specific elements of this destructive plan.

Instead they just say that it simply provides “flexibility.”

Firing staff, banning collective bargaining, handing over our schools to some corporate entity, exempting that school from the laws limiting the use of consultants and requiring collective bargaining —- that is NOT the type of flexibility we need or want in Connecticut.

No legislator, Democrat or Republican, should vote for any element of the Commissioner’s Network until its supporters explain why each and every provision is appropriate public policy — but they won’t explain it – because none of these elements are appropriate public policy.

Now is the time to stop the Commissioner’s Network – before its too late.