Bridgeport · Students

Bridgeport Parents and Teachers Collaborate on Marin School’s Turnaround Plan

The overall feeling at Luis Munoz Marin School’s fourth and final Commissioner’s Network forum was one of collaboration and hope. Much of the discussion at Wednesday evening’s community forum revolved around ways to engage parents and students. There was also talk about working collaboratively with the broader Marin community as a way of enriching the… Continue reading Bridgeport Parents and Teachers Collaborate on Marin School’s Turnaround Plan

Bridgeport · Students

NAACP Supports Capital Prep Harbor School

The Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile released a letter today urging the state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor to allow Dr. Steve Perry to expand his successful school model to Bridgeport. Next Wednesday the state Board of Education will vote on several charter school applications, including Capital Prep Harbor School, set to open in Bridgeport… Continue reading NAACP Supports Capital Prep Harbor School

Bridgeport · Hartford · Students

Pelto’s Imaginary Controversy Might Come at High Cost to Clark Students

One glance at Jon Pelto’s blog would reveal a serious, almost obsessive, vendetta against Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. His recent series of “reports” on Hartford’s Clark School turnaround committee makes it clear, Pelto does not care who gets caught in the cross-fire of his sensationalist scandal-mongering — even if those in the cross-hairs are children… Continue reading Pelto’s Imaginary Controversy Might Come at High Cost to Clark Students

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New London Day: “Any Roll-Back of Common Core is a Step Back for Our Kids”

After last week’s public hearing on the Common Core, the New London Day published a fantastic must read editorial which outlines why Connecticut Republicans have come out of the woodwork to oppose the Common Core State Standards. If your guess was for the “children of Connecticut,” unfortunately, you’d be wrong. According to The Day, the… Continue reading New London Day: “Any Roll-Back of Common Core is a Step Back for Our Kids”

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Jon Pelto Opt-Outs of Reality

If Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor’s aim was to “mislead” parents, why would he publicly announce that there were no state sanctioned consequences for parents opting their children out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment? The answer is, he wouldn’t. No, the reality is the only people trying to mislead parents are Jon Pelto and his “opt-out”… Continue reading Jon Pelto Opt-Outs of Reality

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Jon Pelto Falsely Claims That FUSE Received “No Bid” Contracts To Run Schools

We all know Jon Pelto has no respect for facts or journalistic integrity, but I thought at the very least he would have respect for the parents of Hartford and Bridgeport. I guess I was wrong. In a recent post, Pelto claims that Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE) was given “no bid” contracts to… Continue reading Jon Pelto Falsely Claims That FUSE Received “No Bid” Contracts To Run Schools

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Wendy Lecker Misquotes Duncan And Then Argues Another Point

Wendy Lecker says there’s “a crisis of low standards.” See? I can take things out of context too! In a recent editorial for the Stamford Advocate, lawyer-turned-irate-activist Wendy Lecker bashes U.S. Commissioner of Education Arne Duncan for saying “low standards” caused America’s staggering achievement gap. Except that’s not what Duncan really said. Nice try, but… Continue reading Wendy Lecker Misquotes Duncan And Then Argues Another Point

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Wendy Lecker: Down With High Standards and Accountability!

In an editorial featured in the Stamford Advocate last week, attorney-turned-“activist” Wendy Lecker went on a tirade about the State Department of Education’s new teacher evaluation system, which she claims is “untested” and “fatally flawed.” Lecker cites a University of Connecticut study to bolster her argument, but ironically, that study recommended that the state Department… Continue reading Wendy Lecker: Down With High Standards and Accountability!

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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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Malloy And Pryor Get Bashed For Listening To Teachers?

This is a new one. Governor Malloy and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor are being bashed for listening to teacher concerns. Really? Last Tuesday, Governor Malloy announced a one year roll back of the state’s new teacher evaluation system. The state Department of Education requested a waiver from the federal government in order to address… Continue reading Malloy And Pryor Get Bashed For Listening To Teachers?