Earlier today, StudentsFirst – yes, that’s right — Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst… (The organization that IS NOT LOBBYING in Connecticut) issued a press release attacking the opponents of Governor Malloy’s “Education Reform” bill.
In their press release, Tim Melton, the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for StudentsFirst argues that “since the facts aren’t on their side, they are resorting to negative and false political attacks.”
Apparently he believes that the work that the Connecticut Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the rest of us pro-public education people are engaged in, as we tell the truth about Malloy’s bill, is “resorting” to attacks.
Now, just to be clear, Tim Melton IS NOT the same StudentsFirst Vice President who was listed on the official State of Connecticut lobbyist filing forms as the “Principal Officer or Director” of GNEPSA (which IS the group that is lobbying in Connecticut).
That StudentsFirst Vice President was Woodhouse Enoch.
This StudentsFirst Vice President is Tim Melton.
So we now have StudentsFirst’s CEO, the “other” Vice President, the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Legal Counsel all lobbying on behalf of Malloy’s bill – but the “other” StudentsFirst Vice President, Tim Melton, is still working for StudentsFirst.
No wait, according to GNEPSA’s April 11th ethics filing that “back-dated” their team of lobbyists, Tim Melton IS listed as a lobbyist for GNEPSA starting back on February 22nd.
Which must mean that it wasn’t StudentsFirst’s Vice President Tim Melton who put out today’s press release but the “other” other StudentsFirst Vice President Tim Melton because the first “other” StudentsFirst Vice President is already a registered lobbyist for GNEPSA.
And Malloy wonders why some of us are a bit concerned with the notion of handing over our public education system to these people.
All joking aside, it is hardly a laughing matter.
The people of Connecticut are being had by a bunch of corporate hotshots who make the Keystone Cops look efficient and capable.
We have a Commissioner of Education (who helped set up and served as a director for Achievement First, the charter school management company) pushing a bill in which the single biggest financial beneficiary of taxpayer funds is – Achievement First.
We have a Democratic Governor proclaiming, with pride, that he will veto any “education reform” bill that doesn’t give that same Commissioner the ability to take over 25 schools, fire the staff, ban collective bargaining and turn the schools over to some group of unnamed third-party entities who will then be exempt from Connecticut’s laws on bidding and the use of consultants.
And we’ve still got the issue of why the Governor put language in the bill that provides former Hartford Superintendent of Schools (now Malloy’s “Special Master” in Windham) extra pension credits because he didn’t want to follow the same Connecticut law that 45,000 teachers and 9,000 school administrators have to follow.
I said it before and I’ll say it again.
If this bill passes there will be people going to prison before Malloy’s term is over.