Last Monday, Bridgeport’s Parent Center quietly announced that they’ll be discontinuing all adult education programs due to budget cuts. The week before, Norwalk’s Board of Education voted on a budget that put music lessons, intramural sports and kindergarten paraprofessionals on the chopping block. Hartford’s school board voted for a budget earlier this month that cuts… Continue reading Do School Districts Have Time For A Cost Study? Gov. Malloy’s Not Buying it
On Tuesday afternoon, hidden throughout the Connecticut State Legislative Office Building stood parents and students waging a silent protest. “I want what was promised,” said Elizabeth Moore, a Stamford parent of three, who was one of nearly a dozen parents who stood for over two hours in silence, with black ribbon over their mouths, holding… Continue reading Charter Parents Stage Silent Plea To Save Their Children’s Schools
As if we needed any more proof of Jon Pelto’s real intentions, the Connecticut Mirror’s Mark Pazniokas uncovered that former GOP State Chairman Chris Healy sent out emails to his Republican buddies asking them to sign Pelto’s petition. The best part of this whole story: Healy received the petition directly from Pelto when the two… Continue reading Why is the Former Republican State Chairman Working to Elect Pelto?
Activist judge Carmen Lopez wrote recently that a “third-party candidate might be just what Connecticut needs,” proving once again that the best interest of Bridgeport’s kids is not anywhere near her top priority. Bridgeport, you see, has a problem. Only two out of every 10 3rd graders who speak English as a second language can… Continue reading Lopez’s Top Priority is Certainly Not Bridgeport’s Kids
When it works well, our democratic process can serve as a filter or a sieve. Watching the campaign season is very much like panning for gold. The sand drips through and the public is left with some very obvious hunks of worthless detritus. Maybe you find some pyrite. Every so often you find a gem… Continue reading Why Did Jon Pelto Get a Pass?
The results of a new Quinnipiac University poll shows, contrary to what a certain irate blogger has been spouting, Governor Malloy’s approval rating for education is on the rise. According to a press release sent out this morning, “voters approve 45 – 39 percent of the way he is handling education.” As education news site… Continue reading New Quinnipiac Poll Shows a Rise in Approval of Malloy’s Education Policy
Wendy Lecker, lawyer and sometimes columnist for Hearst Media Group went on yet another anti-Malloy tirade. This time she argues against the proposed changes to Connecticut’s teacher evaluation system. As usual, Lecker attacks but offers no solutions of her own. In fact, she suggests we just get rid of the teacher evaluation system altogether. Great… Continue reading Response To Wendy Lecker: The Solution to Failing Schools is Not to Do Nothing
So Jon Pelto is talking about a run for governor. The reason why is pretty clear: Money. Unless his ego is larger than any continental plate, which is a possibility, Pelto does not believe he can win. A cursory glance at the numbers proves that. There are about 800,000 Democrats registered in Connecticut, plus about… Continue reading Pelto Using Governor’s Race to Make Money
As November draws inexorably nearer, the first real question of the gubernatorial race is being asked: Just how much of an egomaniacal, self-indulgent loony tune is Jon Pelto? Pelto, as regular readers will know, is mulling a run against incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy, ostensibly on an anti-education reform platform. His strategy boils down to “I… Continue reading GOP Leader Comes Out in Favor of Pelto
The absurdity of a possible “Jon Pelto for Governor” campaign is eclipsed only by the horror of the possibility. Jon Pelto, who hasn’t held public office since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, is actually thinking about running for governor against Dannel P. Malloy. Since leaving the state legislature, Pelto has made a career out of being… Continue reading Pelto for Governor? An examination of absurdity and irony