Common Core, Education Reform, Sarah Darer Littman, Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, Wendy Lecker Common Core, Corporate Education Reform Industry, Sarah Darer Littman, Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, Wendy Lecker
Fellow pro-pubic education advocates and commentators have done it again – with two more MUST READ pieces.
Sarah Darer Littman with “The Brave New World of being ‘College and Career Ready”
Wendy Lecker with “A crisis of low standards”
Wendy Lecker writes,
Not poverty. Not inadequate resources. Not toxic stress. Not segregation. According to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, low standards are the cause of America’s educational disparities. The solution, he maintains, is national standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the accompanying national tests.
“For far too long,” Duncan declared, “our school systems lied to kids, to families, and to communities. They said the kids were all right — that they were on track to being successful — when in reality they were not even close.” Duncan claimed states’ low standards made “educators, administrators and especially politicians” look good but did not prepare students for the rigors of college work.
Before the Common Core, according to Duncan, high school success was a “lie” — it certainly did not mean that students were “college ready.”
What a compelling, but false, narrative. A new peer-reviewed longitudinal nationwide study confirmed that the most reliable predictor of cumulative college GPA and college graduation is a student’s high school GPA.
Read the Wendy Lecker’s entire piece at: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Lecker-A-crisis-of-low-standards-5298374.php
Sarah Darer Littman writes;
One of the oft-stated goals of education reform is to ensure that students are “college and career ready.” Like “excellence,” it’s probably one of the most over-used phrases in the education reform movement.
But as I’ve asked before, what does this phrase really mean? Do our policy makers even know? Judging by their actions of late, I’m starting to think they don’t.
On March 18, the window opens for field tests of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the computer-based adaptive test that will go live next year to replace the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT).
SBAC, or the Smarter Balanced Consortium, is one of the two consortiums that states have signed up with to develop new assessment systems for the Common Core State Standards. Funded by a four-year, $175 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (which runs out in September of this year), SBAC claims its system “will measure mastery of the Common Core State Standards and provide timely information about student achievement and progress toward college and career readiness.”
But there’s a slight catch. They haven’t yet defined “college and career ready.”
“The Consortium also will establish performance benchmarks that define the level of content and skill mastery that marks students as college- and career-ready. These performance benchmarks will be determined through a deliberative and evidence-based standard-setting process, which will include input from K-12 educators and college and university faculty,” the website says. “Preliminary performance standards will be established in 2014 after student data have been collected through pilot and field testing. Following the Field Test in spring 2014, the Consortium will conduct standard setting for the summative assessments in grades 3-8 and grade 11 in ELA/literacy and mathematics. These performance standards will be validated in July/August 2015 using spring 2015 operational data.”
So basically the people who are pushing Common Core — Mssrs. Gates, Obama, Duncan et al, need our kids to be lab rats for this project, while their kids are safely ensconced in private schools, immune from such pedestrian concerns.
What does being an unpaid test subject for SBAC entail, exactly?
Sarah Darer Littman’s entire piece can be found at: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/the_brave_new_world_of_being_college_and_career_ready/
As Wait, What? readers know, Wendy and Sarah are playing the pivotal role in the battle against the corporate education reform industry and in the on-going effort to re-take control of our public education system.
Please take the time to read these two key commentary pieces.
Christina Kishimoto, Clark Elementary School, Hartford, Malloy, Mayor Pedro Segarra, Morgan Barth, Stefan Pryor Andrew Ferguson, Christina Kishimoto, Clark Elementary School, Malloy, Mayor Pedro Segarra, Morgan Barth, Stefan Pryor
Clark Elementary School’s parents, teachers and community have a right to know what is really going on behind the scenes in the ongoing effort to stifle parental involvement and hand Clark over to an out-of-state charter school company.
The corporate education reform industry has targeted Clark, but who exactly is pushing these unfair, discriminatory proposals that seek to take over the school, fire all the teachers and hand control of the school over to those who have no understanding of the community?
It is time to find out,
Pursuant to the Connecticut Freedom of Information act, the proponents of this Clark takeover need to produce any and all memos, documents, notes, emails and attachments that have been sent, received or produced over the last 60 days and relate to the Clark Elementary School.
If elected and appointed officials won’t do the right thing for the Clark community then at least the community deserves to know the deals that have been cut behind the scenes.
This Freedom of Information request will cover Stefan Pryor, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Morgan Barth, Pryor “Turnaround Director” and Andrew Ferguson, Pryor and Barth’s point person on the effort to destroy Clark.
In addition FOI requests are being submitted for the same information from Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Hartford Superintendent Christina Kishimoto and Hartford Portfolio Director Oliver Barton.
Clark should refuse to engage in further discussion until these materials are handed over.
The request for these documents are being submitted today, it will be noteworthy to see if Malloy administration and the City of Hartford fulfill their legal duty and hand over the requested information in a timely fashion.
Charter Schools, Christina Kishimoto, Clark Elementary School, Hartford, Malloy, Morgan Barth, Stefan Pryor Charter Schools, Clark Elementary School, Malloy, Morgan Barth, Stefan Pryor
The battle for control of Hartford’s Clark Elementary School has become a case study in how the corporate education reform industry works.
On one side are the heroic parents and teachers who are working tirelessly to save and improve one of Hartford’s local neighborhood schools.
On the other side is the money, greed and arrogance that drives the corporate education reform industry.
The effort to run over the will of the local community and hand Clark Elementary School over to a charter school management company is being led by Stefan Pryor, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, and Morgan Barth, Pryor’s “Turnaround Director,” who illegally worked as a teacher and administrator for Achievement First, Inc before being appointed to his present position by Pryor.
As Wait, What? readers know, Stefan Pryor co-founded Achievement First, Inc. and Achievement First, Inc. has received more money from the Malloy administration than any other charter school operator.
With the help of Hartford’s out-going superintendent, Christina Kishimoto, Pryor and his band of education reformers tried to work a deal to close Clark Elementary School and hand the school and all of its taxpayer funds over to Achievement First, Inc.
Clark Parents and teachers fought back and derailed to the effort to give the school to Achievement First, Inc.
As the following links reveal, Stefan Pryor and Morgan Barth then concocted a plan to hand Clark Elementary School over to a large Washington D.C. charter school company called Friendship Charter Schools.
The only thing standing in their way was a state law requiring that parents, teachers and the local community had to play a role in selecting a “turnaround” model and there was little interest in a Washington D.C. charter school company that had virtually no experience running schools with a large Latino population, a significant number of English Language Learners and a large special education population.
But now, according to sources close to Pryor and Barth, rather than work with the local community to identify a turnaround model that is actually appropriate for Hartford’s Clark Elementary, Malloy’s State Department of Education is telling the parents, teachers and local community that they must accept the charter option or the school will receive no additional funds or support mandated under the Commissioner’s Network Program.
The arrogance being displayed by Malloy’s appointees is truly breathtaking. Never in a million years would these bullies treat White, suburban communities they way they are treating a community made of African Americans, Latinos and other Americans of color.
State Department of Education sources confirm that Stefan Pryor and Morgan Barth are giving the Clark School community an ultimatum.
Their choice – go with one of our hand-picked charter schools or get nothing.
The racism and discrimination against the Clark School community is nothing short of criminal
But if members of the Connecticut General Assembly don’t intervene, the Malloy administration will get away with destroying another urban neighborhood school.
For background, here are some of the previous Wait, What? posts on Clark Elementary School.
Breaking News: Hartford’s Clark School Targeted for closure, will be handed over to Achievement First, Inc. (10/25/13)
Real Hartford Blog examines “bait and switch” with Clark School and Achievement First Inc. (10/28/13)
(Updated) Superintendent Kishimoto’s “end justified the means” form of a School Redesign Analysis (10/29/13)
Update on the effort to destroy the Clark Elementary School in Hartford (11/30/13)
Hartford’s Clark School parents, teachers and community fight back! (10/31/13)
Hartford’s Clark Elementary School Community says “NO” to takeover (11/11/13)
NEWS FLASH: Pryor reportedly giving Hartford’s Clark Elementary School to Washington D.C. Charter School Chain (2/10/14)
Corporate Education Reform Industry targets students, parents and teachers of Clark Elementary School (2/13/14)
Malloy, Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, Stefan Pryor Common Core, Malloy, Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, Stefan Pryor
A number of public school districts across Connecticut have informed parents or teachers that parents do not have a right to opt their children out of the Connecticut Mastery Test or the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test.
Administrators who have communicated this information to parents or teachers are either misinformed or are part of the Malloy administration’s calculated attempt to mislead and intimidate parents into believing that they don’t have the fundamental right to refuse to have their children participate in these tests.
As to issue number one, the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test is a test of a test and despite the misleading statements coming from Commissioner Pryor’s operation, the test of a test not a “Mastery Test” as defined under Connecticut law and the statute in question does not apply. (See Connecticut State Statute Sec.10-14n).
While the state may be able to argue that next year’s Common Core SBAC test is a Mastery Test under the law, by its own definition, this year’s test is not a Master Test and the state has no authority to tell parents that they may not opt their students out of the Common Core SBAC test.
Second, for those towns giving the CMT/CAPT Mastery Test and for those attempting to claim that the Common Core SBAC test of a test is a mastery test, the State Department of Education already made the policy clear in a December 2013 memo to superintendents in which it stated,
[IF] “Parent writes back to the district a letter explaining that they have read and understood the district’s letter, but insist that the child not be tested.”
[THEN] “In these cases, the district generally does not test the student and the student is counted as “absent” (for purposes of testing)…”
School administrators who are telling parents or teachers that parents may not refuse the test are out of line.
There are even reports that school administrators are instructing, threatening or disciplining teachers who are providing parents with the correct information about their rights when it comes to opting their children out of the standardized testing frenzy.
A school administrator engaged in any such activities would be in violation of the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility for School Administrators which clearly lays out how school administrators are to interact with teachers, students and families.
In order to identify districts and administrators who may be engaged in activities that violate their Code of Professional Responsibility or potentially are even violating the law, we are collecting copies of any communication, correspondence or emails that parents or teachers have received from school administrators about the opt-out issue.
Please email any communications to [email protected]
All names will be removed to ensure confidentiality but the information will be used to inform parents about how certain communities are handing this important issue and, where appropriate, the information may be used to file complaints against administrators who are failing to properly perform their duties.
Again, if you have any communications between school administrators and parents or school administrators and teachers, please email them to [email protected] or contact me so that I can give you a fax number or address to send the information.
Thank you very much,
Common Core, George Jepsen, Malloy, Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, Stefan Pryor Common Core, George Jepsen, Malloy, Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, Stefan Pryor
Connecticut parents have a right to opt their children out of the standardized tests!
Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, knows that is the truth but has chosen to engage in a strategy to intimidate and mislead Connecticut’s parents of public school students.
Governor Malloy must immediately put an end to this travesty or Attorney General George Jepsen should step in and perform that task.
Last December, Stefan Pryor sent out a memo to superintendents explaining how they were to intimidate parents into thinking that they did not have the right to opt their children out of the inappropriate and unfair standardized testing program.
The memo noted that Connecticut State Statute 10-14n reads,: “Each student enrolled…in any public school shall annually take a statewide mastery examination,” but the memo also admitted that there were no provisions in the law to punish a parent or their child if a parents decided that they did not want their student to take the standardized tests.
The memo concluded;
[IF] “Parent writes back to the district a letter explaining that they have read and understood the district’s letter, but insist that the child not be tested.”
[THEN] “In these cases, the district generally does not test the student and the student is counted as “absent” (for purposes of testing)…”
Furthermore, Pryor and his legal team have to recognize that the because the Common Core Smarter Balanced Field Test is nothing but a test of a test it doesn’t even qualify as a “Mastery Test” under the provisions of 10-14n and the Commissioner has absolutely no legal authority to force parents to make children take the test of a test.
Following yesterday’s post entitled, “Stefan Pryor says his rules trump parental rights.” a reader commented:
Background: There is no opt-out language in state or federal law governing assessment. Sec.10-14n of the Connecticut Education Laws states that “Each student enrolled…in any public school shall annually take a statewide mastery examination.”
In terms of the reporting of results from the SB-FT, please note the following:
Connecticut’s Field Test Flexibility waives the CSDE and local districts from the requirement of providing individual student reports regarding achievement on the SB-FT to parents, teachers, and principals.
But wait, how can this be when the law requires that according to Sec. 10-14n of the Connecticut Education Laws that…
[(e) Student] (d) The scores on each component of the [state-wide tenth grade] mastery examination for each tenth or eleventh grade student may be included on the permanent record and transcript of each such student who takes such examination. [provided, for a] For each tenth or eleventh grade student who meets or exceeds the statewide mastery goal level on any component of the [state-wide tenth grade] mastery examination, a certification of having met or exceeded such goal level shall be made on the permanent record and the transcript of each such student and such student shall be issued a certificate of mastery for such component. Each tenth or eleventh grade student who fails to meet the mastery goal level on each component of said mastery examination may annually take or retake each such component at its regular administration until such student scores at or above each such state-wide mastery goal level or such student graduates or reaches age twenty-one.
So does this mean they have to score the assessments even though the commissioner says they don’t? I’m confused, which part of the law are we supposed to follow? Oh wait, there won’t be any reports. I’m good with that, but there damn well better be an indication on my daughter’s transcript and permanent record as to whether or not my daughter met mastery on this “statewide mastery examination” as the law requires.
Commissioner Pryor, answer me this one simple question. Is this (the SBAC), or is this not the the “official statewide mastery examination”?
The Wait, What? reader makes the point better than I ever could.
Pryor and his corporate education reform industry allies are making a mockery of Connecticut law and are engaged in a disgusting campaign to that is designed to intimidate and mislead Connecticut parents.
Unfortunately, as we’ve learned the hard way, Governor Malloy is unwilling to put the interests of parents and students above his efforts to undermine teachers and public schools.
Malloy’s failure to act means the burden shifts to Attorney General George Jepsen to protect the rights of parents and their children.
If he refuses to act unilaterally, Connecticut allows one of the four top leaders in the Connecticut General Assembly to request a legal opinion from Jepsen. [Connecticut General Statute 3-125 authorizes the Attorney General to issue formal opinions to leaders of the General Assembly and the heads of any state agency, state board or commission].
Senate President Don Williams, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney or House Minority Leader Larry Cafero are in in a unique position to stand up and demand the truth now that it has become clear that that Governor and Commissioner of Education are failing to properly implement Connecticut law.
Link to Pryor’s new memo: Pryor’s March memo
Link to Pryor’s earlier memo: Pryor’s December memo
Smarter Balanced Assessment Test, Stefan Pryor
Stefan Pryor, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, has sent out a new memo to public school superintendents instructing them that Connecticut parents don’t have the right to opt their children out of the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test scheduled to take place from March through June of this year.
Pryor’s memo is by far the most incredible and inappropriate move yet in the Malloy administration’s on-going campaign to intimidate and threaten Connecticut public school parents.
In his new March 3, 2014 memo, Commissioner Stefan Pryor not only distorts the interpretation of federal and state laws but contradicts his own legal department and agency documents.
Although it absolutely clear that the State of Connecticut CANNOT PUNISH parents or children for opting out of the standardized testing frenzy, Pryor’s new State Department of Education memo tells superintendents that,
“Participation in state assessments is required by federal and state law; there is no legal provision for parents to opt their children out of taking the state assessments.”
Pryor’s claim is an abusive, disgusting attempt to bully parents into thinking that the Malloy administration is in a position to undermine the the fundamental rights of parents.
If Pryor truly believe that he has the power to prohibit parents from opting their children out of the Common Core Smarter Balanced Field Test then he should immediately seek a legal opinion from Attorney General George Jepsen.
Pryor’s on-going attempts to bully school administrators, teachers and parents proves that he is incapable of leading Connecticut’s Department of Education.
This latest outrage is proof that Pryor should resign and turn the State Department of Education over to someone willing to support and protect students, parents, teachers, school administrators and public schools rather than use public funds to do the dirty work for the corporate education reform industry.
Mr. Pryor, it is time to resign.
And if you truly believe your abusive behavior is legal, then get Attorney General Jepsen to immediately provide you with a legal ruling so that Connecticut’s know exactly who is trying to destroy our public schools and their parental rights.
Pryor’s new memo can be found here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5PDZpOuzPFVT1hWSG83NDdxMExnMWdWaWFuOWttdmd6b2dr/edit
Pryor’s earlier memo where he instructed superintendents how to intimidate parents can be found here; http://www.scribd.com/doc/206539705/Connecticut-State-Department-of-Education-on-Opt-Out-State-Testing-Requests-2014
Diane Ravitch, Network for Public Education (NPE), Wait What? Diane Ravitch, Network for Public Education (NPE), Wait What?
Here is a link to Diane Ravitch’s inspiring speech at last weekend’s Network of Public Education Conference in Austin Texas.
I was particularly honored and appreciative that Diane would recognize my efforts and my blog in her speech.
The Network for Public Education is an advocacy group whose goal is to fight to protect, preserve and strengthen our public school system, an essential institution in a democratic society. Our mission is to protect, preserve, promote, and strengthen public schools and the education of current and future generations of students. We will accomplish this by networking groups and organizations focused on similar goals in states and districts throughout the nation, share information about what works and what doesn’t work in public education, and endorse and rate candidates for office based on our principles and goals. More specifically, we will support candidates who oppose high-stakes testing, mass school closures, the privatization of our public schools and the outsourcing of its core functions to for-profit corporations, and we will support candidates who work for evidence-based reforms that will improve our schools and the education of our nation’s children.
The Network for Public Education Conference ended with a press conference calling for Congressional hearings to investigate the over-emphasis, misapplication, costs, and poor implementation of high-stakes standardized testing in the nation’s K-12 public schools.
The press release stated,
In a Closing Keynote address to some 500 attendees, education historian and NYU professor Diane Ravitch, an NPE founder and Board President, accused current education policies mandated by the federal government, such as President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top, of making high-stakes standardized testing “the purpose of education, rather than a measure of education.”
The call for Congressional hearings – addressed to Senators Lamar Alexander and Tom Harkin of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, and Representatives John Kline and George Miller of the House Education and Workforce Committee – states that high-stakes testing in public schools has led to multiple unintended consequences that warrant federal scrutiny. NPE asks Congressional leaders to pursue eleven potential inquiries, including, “Do the tests promote skills our children and our economy need?” and “Are tests being given to children who are too young?”
“We have learned some valuable lessons about the unintended costs of test-driven reform over the past decade. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s policies do not reflect this,” stated NPE Executive Director Robin Hiller. “We need Congress to investigate and take steps to correct the systematic overuse of testing in our schools.”
“Our system is being rendered less intelligent by the belief that ‘rigor’ equates to ever more difficult tests,” warned NPE Treasurer Anthony Cody. “True intelligence in the 21st century depends on creativity and problem-solving, and this cannot be packaged into a test. We need to invest in classrooms, in making sure teachers have the small class sizes, resources, and support they need to succeed. We need to stop wasting time and money in the pursuit of test scores.”
You can read more about NPE and join the organization at: http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org/
You can also read about the call for hearings at: http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org/2014/03/npe-calls-for-congressional-hearings-full-text/
Barak Obama, Gubernatorial Election 2014, Malloy Malloy, Minimum Wage, President Obama
Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States….
President Obama will fly to Connecticut today as part of his campaign to promote a $10.10 minimum wage. Glued to his side will be Governor Dannel Malloy, whom the President will call a champion in the effort to promote a fairer minimum wage.
This is the same Governor Malloy who failed to support a modest increase in the minimum wage just two years ago.
In January 2012, key Democratic members of the Connecticut Legislature, with strong support from Connecticut’s unions, proposed raising the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 an hour on July 1, 2013 and then to a rate of $9.75 on July 1, 2014.
Governor Malloy was quick to throw cold water on the plan telling reporters, “I’m not slamming any doors. I’m not saying ‘No’ but I’ll watch the debate and perhaps reach a conclusion subsequently.”
Malloy’s pronouncement that he would “reach a conclusion subsequently” was a death sentence for the legislation and without the Governor’s support the business community, with the help of the Republicans and some Democrats, easily killed the proposal.
A year later, in February 2013, Legislators tried again to push legislation increasing the minimum wage and again Governor Malloy failed to step forward to support the proposal. However this time, late in the legislative session when it was clear that Democrats would pass the bill away, Malloy did a 180 and announced that he would support a “compromise” on a minimum wage increase.
With the 2014 election year in sight, Malloy’s transformation on the issue was nearly complete.
On the last day of December 2013, Malloy held a State Capitol press conference to brag about the extraordinarily positive impact Connecticut’s new minimum wage law would have when it takes effect at midnight that night.
“As the clock strikes 12 in this state, many people … will actually lift themselves out of poverty,” Malloy said during a press event and rally.
Malloy was referring to the mandated .45 cent an hour increase in the State’s minimum wage that will be taking effect.
However, as some may know, the federal poverty level for a family of three in Connecticut is about $18,400. For the 70,000 to 90,000 Connecticut residents living on minimum wage, a full-time job only brings in $17,160 per year.
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman joined Malloy in “celebrating” the raise in the minimum wage. It would, according to Wyman, mean Connecticut’s minimum wage workers would make an extra $18 hours a week as long as they don’t miss a single hour of work.
That increase translates into an extra $936 a year — leaving most minimum wage families still living below the poverty line.
But many politicians believe that electoral success can be achieved through rhetoric and hyperbole…
And the President of the United States is coming to Connecticut to try to bolster Malloy’s political re-election dreams.
You can read more about Malloy’s transformation on the minimum wage in these two Wait, What? blog posts,
It’s an election year and Governor Malloy is now for raising the minimum wage
Governor Malloy: Blessed are the Poor
John Kuhn, Karen Lewis John Kuhn, Karen Lewis
On March 1, 2014 John Kuhn and Karen Lewis were the keynote speakers at a conference of public education advocates meeting in Austin Texas.
John Kuhn is the superintendent of Perrin-Whitt School District. Kuhn was the first Superintendent in America to be named a “hero” by Diane Ravitch on her blog. Since then, Connecticut’s own Madison Superintendent Thomas Scarice has joined that short but vitally important list.
Karen Lewis is the president of the Chicago Teachers Union
Take the time to watch their speeches, they not only speak the truth but are truly inspirational.
To watch click on: http://vimeo.com/87984834
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The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released its latest poll today.
While the Malloy political operatives will claim that the poll shows him leading the unknown Republican candidates and is tied with former gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, the data provides a harsh assessment of Malloy’s standing with the Connecticut electorate.
Despite Governor Malloy’s numerous proposals to “buy-back” support from key voting constituencies, Governor Malloy’s level of support has not improved over the past year and he clearly faces significant barriers should he attempt to run for re-election this year.
According to the new Quinnipiac Polling Institute survey, Malloy does not garner more than 44 percent of the vote against any Republican candidate and his overall favorability rating remains at a dismal level of 46 percent.
An incumbent’s favorability rating is one of the most important indicators of upcoming electoral success.
According to this new Quinnipiac Poll, Malloy’s favorability has not improved at all since the last Q-Poll which was done in June 2013 when his favorability rating was also 46 percent.
What should be of even more concern to Malloy’s political operation is his level of support among key voting groups that Malloy would need to win..
According to the poll,
Another key question that campaign experts study is the one that asks, “Do you feel that Dannel Malloy deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?” According to the Q-poll,
And to make matters significantly worse for Malloy, six in ten voters are dissatisfied with the way things are going in Connecticut.
As political activists know, polls are only a “snapshot” of voter attitudes at the time the poll is taken. Things can and do change in the course of an election. The Malloy operation will certainly try to spin the poll as good news but the truth is that the Quinnipiac Poll reveals that Malloy has completely failed to build up support despite his campaign year effort to use state budget initiatives to persuade voters to give him enough votes so that he can reach the 50 percent level that he needs to win in a head to head race for governor.
While the results of the Q-poll are interesting unto themselves, those who have studied the Connecticut political landscape for years will notice something that is even more interesting.
This Quinnipiac Poll was released on March 4th, weeks after Malloy started his “campaign” to win back key constituencies.
In 1789 it was Benjamin Franklin who said, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
But here in Connecticut there has been one other constant. At the beginning of each gubernatorial election year, the Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute has conducted a Connecticut poll to measure the level of support of the incumbent governor and examine the status of the upcoming gubernatorial campaign.
Since the Quinnipiac poll started, there have been four gubernatorial election cycles. Q-Polls were released on,
February 18, 1998
February 14, 2002
January 12, 2006
January 21, 2010
But this year, the Quinnipiac Poll wasn’t conducted until much later, well after the incumbent governor has a chance to announce his election year initiatives in an attempt to improve his standing.
It is almost as if Quinnipiac University made a calculated decision to delay their regular Connecticut political poll long enough to give Malloy a chance to improve his numbers.
But when the Quinnipiac Polling Institute’s Director was asked about the timing today, he responded by saying that it is their policy not to discuss the timing of their polls.
Maybe it is just a coincidence that this year’s Q-Poll was conducted weeks after Malloy begin his efforts to push up his ratings higher.