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Jon Pelto Aligned Himself with Republicans Against Malloy

Republican legislative employees communicated and coordinated with self-identified “progressive” candidate Jon Pelto in an attempt to scuttle the state’s use of national education standards earlier this year, according to a Republican insider. Yes, politics does tend to make strange bedfellows, but political consultant-turned third-party gubernatorial candidate Pelto has a long history of aligning himself with… Continue reading Jon Pelto Aligned Himself with Republicans Against Malloy

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Jon Pelto Sold Out Unions to the Highest Bidder

Why aren’t labor leaders flocking to self-styled union savior Jonathan Pelto? Perhaps it’s because he sold them out in 2001. Yes, the ever-so-principled Pelto worked against labor, because when you boil it down, he’s a political consultant looking out for his own pocketbook. In the Spring of 2001, New England Health Care Employees Union, District… Continue reading Jon Pelto Sold Out Unions to the Highest Bidder

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Pelto’s Practices Raise Campaign Finance Questions

Put simply, Jon Pelto is breaking the spirit, if not the letter, of campaign finance law. And his only options are to either shut down his company’s blog or disclose who is paying him to attack Governor Dannel P. Malloy. The political and campaign advisor-for-hire, who masquerades as a progressive blogger, uses his company’s website,… Continue reading Pelto’s Practices Raise Campaign Finance Questions

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Lawmaker Says Common Core Will Turn Kids Gay. Seriously

A state representative in Florida said publicly, at an education conference no less, that the Common Core is a conspiracy to turn your kids into homosexuals. Really. Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant said that the company hired to build the state’s new Common Core-aligned assessment is secretly attempting to use the test to make… Continue reading Lawmaker Says Common Core Will Turn Kids Gay. Seriously

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Pelto for Governor? An examination of absurdity and irony

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

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Diane Ravitch Reposts Pelto’s Misleading Article about Capital Prep and Calls it Fact

Perhaps following the adage that if you repeat a lie enough, it becomes fact, Diane Ravitch recently posted an excerpt of Jon Pelto’s error-ridden blog post on Capital Prep. In the original article, Pelto claims Capital Prep’s success is exaggerated, and then proceeds to cherry-pick one data point to prove it. You’d think an acclaimed… Continue reading Diane Ravitch Reposts Pelto’s Misleading Article about Capital Prep and Calls it Fact

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Pelto’s Blog Powered By Lies About United Technology

I love the old example of a loaded question: “Have you stopped beating your wife?” But Jon Pelto is taking things to a whole new loaded level. In a recent post, he had the gall to pose the question: “Is Dan Malloy a Pathological liar?” He then goes on to selectively and dishonestly quote from… Continue reading Pelto’s Blog Powered By Lies About United Technology

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Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor Must Stay!

This week, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney called for the resignation of Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, claiming that educators “lost faith” in his implementation of the Common Core and new teacher evaluation system. I would like to know where Senator McKinney is getting his information. How can McKinney claim “widespread” dissent, when nearly… Continue reading Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor Must Stay!

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Hartford BOE Relies On Reason And Rules, Thank Goodness

Maybe we should forgive Jon Pelto for forgetting what “executive session” means. After all, he hasn’t been relevant for a few decades. The excitable-if-not-precisely-accurate politician-turned-activist blogger has been yammering on for weeks now about a Hartford Board of Education executive session during which the subject was to be Capital Prep Founder and Principal Dr. Steve… Continue reading Hartford BOE Relies On Reason And Rules, Thank Goodness

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Bridgeport’s Board Of Education Wants Its Own Attorney Because…

File this one under, “Things that make you go ‘hmmm.’” Bridgeport’s Board of Education is looking at the possibility of retaining its own lawyer, instead of using the city’s attorney and contracting out when individual representation is required, as it does currently. The stated purpose is to save the school district some money, but are… Continue reading Bridgeport’s Board Of Education Wants Its Own Attorney Because…