In his latest entry into the boy-who-cried-wolf annals, Jon Pelto accuses the state Department of Education of breaking the law for allowing leaders from the Connecticut Council for Education Reform to present at the department’s quarterly Alliance District Convening meeting.
He ludicrously claims that CCER is ONLY a lobbying group and that they have “no expertise with Alliance Districts, the State Department of Education or the Alliance District and Priority District funding grants. Their expertise is trying to persuade legislators….”
Rather than write a 1,000 treatise in response, I figured I should just post Jeffrey Villar’s biography. Dr. Villar is the executive director of CCER and one of the speakers Pelto claims has no expertise in improving Connecticut’s schools:
Jeffrey Villar is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform. He joined the organization in 2013. Prior to coming to CCER, Jeffrey spent 19 years of his career in Connecticut’s public education system–first as an educator and later as an administrator. Most recently, he served as Superintendent of Schools in Windsor, CT. Previously, he was Superintendent of Rocky Hill Public Schools and the Associate Superintendent for Meriden Public Schools. He also spent 5 years as a teacher for Hartford Public Schools. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor’s in History from the Eastern Connecticut State University, a Master’s in Education, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut.
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