The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), the advisory council tasked with reviewing state assessments and evaluations, has decided to backslide on teacher accountability — again. Last Wednesday, PEAC voted 8-1 to recommend the state hold off on requiring districts to link state assessments with teacher evaluation until the 2017-2018 school year, according to the Connecticut… Continue reading State Education Leaders Pushing Off Linking Teacher Evaluations To State Exams Again – But At What Cost?
People are coming out of the woodwork to criticize Gov. Dannel Malloy’s decision to veto HB 6977 – a bill that would have imposed unnecessarily restrictive qualifications for individuals appointed to the position of State Education Commissioner. I have one question for state leaders who are considering holding a vote on overriding Malloy’s veto: Has… Continue reading Malloy Vetoes Unnecessarily Restrictive Education Commissioner Requirement
As reported last week, the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) is spending over $250,000 on a misleading TV ad campaign that demands state legislators eliminate annual state testing. They’re not alone in this endeavor. Their parent union, the National Education Association (NEA), has also been running an ad campaign in Connecticut as part of their nationwide… Continue reading Truth Squad: Teachers Union’s Ad is Highly Misleading
Working Families Party Candidate for State Senate Edwin Gomes’ campaign finance filing reads like a ‘who’s who’ of union lobbyists. As reported in an earlier blog post, according to Gomes’ campaign finance filing, his top donors include Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) Executive Director Mark Waxenberg and Connecticut Federation of Teacher’s Melodie Peters, as well as… Continue reading UPDATE: Gomes’ Lobbyist Money Only Lawful by Technicality
How much does it cost to get state legislators to ignore the calls of thousands of parents? Apparently, for the two largest teachers unions, around $6,500. According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a state campaign finance watchdog website, and state finance filings, that’s the amount of direct campaign contributions collectively received… Continue reading Are State Teachers’ Unions Gunning to Halt Charter Schools?
Yet another union has given self-proclaimed Savior Of All Unions Jon Pelto the cold shoulder. This time, the Connecticut AFL-CIO didn’t even invite Pelto to the party. That’s right, when the the state AFL-CIO held their nominating convention, they asked Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to speak. They even asked Republican gubernatorial front-runner Tom Foley to… Continue reading Another Union Gives Pelto the Cold Shoulder
When the American Federation of Teachers passed a resolution demanding that Connecticut commissioners of education have the same certification as superintendents of schools, they ignored one important point: It is not the job of an education commissioner to directly supervise teachers and support staff and run an individual school. It is the job of an… Continue reading Union Resolution Ignores the Needs of Students
As if we needed any more evidence of the lack of support for Jon Pelto’s “campaign” for Governor, even the Connecticut Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers is supporting someone else. In reaction to the devastating news, Pelto posted a press release on his personal blog admonishing the union for not picking him for… Continue reading Even the Teachers Union Steps Away from Jon Pelto
Jon Pelto must suffer from selective hearing. Going on his account of events alone, you’d think the only people who testified at last week’s Common Core hearing were his buddies who came out in support of House Bill 5078. Pelto completely ignored the teachers, advocates and school leaders who spoke out against halting the Common… Continue reading Pelto Hides The Truth About the Common Core Hearing
When Jon Pelto talks about teachers and school administrators resisting implementation of Common Core State Standards, they should perhaps have been clearer: They’re talking about special interest groups, not actual, made-of-flesh-and-work-in-a-classroom teachers. For example, when the blogger wrote this week about some school administrators who had — at least according to Jon Pelto — announced… Continue reading Common Core Supported by Teachers, At Least According to Teachers’ Unions