Pelto’s Ethical Complaints Up For Grab?

Hey, Jon Pelto, what do you call the kettle?

In a recent rant, the excitable-if-not-precisely-accurate education blogger takes issue with the fact that the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) will be speaking with the State Department of Education about Alliance Districts.

Alliance Districts, the state’s 30 lowest-performing school districts, get special funding thanks to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state legislature, part of a plan Pelto has opposed at every turn because he seems to think helping schools better educate the children in their charge is a bad thing.

Pelto seems to think that Jeffrey Villar, CCER’s executive director, should not speak to the state on the subject because he is a registered lobbyist.

But here’s the kicker: Pelto also thinks that CCER’s chief operating officer should not speak to the State Department of Education because she is NOT a registered lobbyist.

Yes, you read that right.

In Pelto’s world, ethics are malleable, to be molded as he sees fit. Ethics are violated when Pelto says they are, and expertise, experience, knowledge, passion and intelligence mean nothing.

In Pelto’s world, you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.

But the truth — another malleable concept in Pelto’s world — is that registered lobbyists or not, Pelto is against CCER because they don’t pay his bills.

Pelto’s opinion, you see, is up for grabs. All it takes to be ethical, in Pelto’s world, is funding his next not-quite-accurate rant.



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