Hartford · In the State

A Parent Reflects On Fredrick Douglas’ Fourth of July Speech: Gwen Samuel Calls Out Status Quo For Their Silence

I wanted to share with my readers a recent blog post published by parent advocate Gwen Samuel. (If you haven’t already, you should check out her other blog posts too – she writes at RealTalkGwenSamuels.com) In her most recent post, she reflects on Fredrick Douglas’ famous July Fourth speech, “What To The Slave Is The… Continue reading A Parent Reflects On Fredrick Douglas’ Fourth of July Speech: Gwen Samuel Calls Out Status Quo For Their Silence

Hartford · In the State

The Connecticut Education Association’s Long Quest To Scrub Public Information On Alleged Child Abuse

In the face of investigations into the chronic failure of school employees to report child abuse, it appears the state’s largest teachers union has been working behind the scenes to scrub records that could aid in tracking patterns of abuse. Back in 2016, around the same time that Hartford’s Mayor insisted the Office of the… Continue reading The Connecticut Education Association’s Long Quest To Scrub Public Information On Alleged Child Abuse

In the State

And We Wonder Why We Can’t Have Nice Things? Fact Check On News Surrounding The Removal On Teacher Evaluations

Thursday afternoon while researching information on the state school board’s recent decision to permanently remove annual mastery exam data from teacher evaluations, I stumbled upon a Channel 12 News segment entitled: “State teachers to no longer be rated on test scores.” *Spoiler Alert:* That’s not a factual statement. State teachers have never been rated based… Continue reading And We Wonder Why We Can’t Have Nice Things? Fact Check On News Surrounding The Removal On Teacher Evaluations

In the State

While All Eyes Are On The Budget Debate, PEAC Quietly Votes To Chip Away At Accountability

Ah, the Land of Steady Habits has done it again! The state’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee (PEAC),  tasked with advising the state on annual testing policy, once again, ignored Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s ruling in CCJEF v. Rell,  in favor of shielding adults from consequences. On Wednesday morning, the committee, made up almost entirely… Continue reading While All Eyes Are On The Budget Debate, PEAC Quietly Votes To Chip Away At Accountability

Students

Did the Teacher’s Union Pay Off Legislators to Vote Against Connecticut Families?

When the two largest teachers unions in the state are bankrolling more than a third of the members on the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee it’s no wonder that kids lose out. This is the sad reality in Connecticut, where, on Monday, the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee advanced a biennial budget plan that would strip $20.9 million… Continue reading Did the Teacher’s Union Pay Off Legislators to Vote Against Connecticut Families?

Students

Union Membership Over Tutoring: Stamford Union Considering Grievance Over Tutoring Program

Here’s a question: Is real, meaningful education reform possible within our current system of traditional public schools? If Stamford is any indication, the answer is sadly no. The teachers union there is on the verge of filing a labor dispute over the district’s approval of a Math tutoring program. According to Rob Varnon at the… Continue reading Union Membership Over Tutoring: Stamford Union Considering Grievance Over Tutoring Program

Reform

My Commentary on The Atlantic’s Coverage of the Bridgeport School Board Election

On Tuesday, The Atlantic offered a one-sided commentary on Bridgeport’s Board of Education primary election results. The article opens with the statement: “Progressives and unions say a primary in Connecticut last week shows momentum is turning against the corporate-backed charter-school movement.” [The Atlantic, 9/17/2013] Of course, unions and the Working Families Party would promote their… Continue reading My Commentary on The Atlantic’s Coverage of the Bridgeport School Board Election

Bridgeport · Students

Challenger slate’s close ties to teacher-union questioned

It appears the challenger slate might be in hot water with the state’s Election Enforcement Commission. According to a press-release sent out Wednesday, the endorsed candidates’ campaign will be filing a complaint against the challenger slate (Andre Baker, Dave Hennessey, and Howard Gardner) for “inappropriate coordination” with the Connecticut Education Association’s PAC. The Connecticut Education… Continue reading Challenger slate’s close ties to teacher-union questioned