Now we know why Governor Malloy is demanding that the “Commissioner’s Network” schools be exempt from having to follow Connecticut’s laws requiring competitive bidding and the laws limiting the use of outside consultants.
And now we have a snap shot of how Malloy’s education reform bill was developed and of the way the Governor and his team intend to work as they seek to implement their definition of “education reform.”
The Connecticut Post’s Capitol Reporter, Ken Dixon, broke a story last night that highlights the wanton disregard these “education reformers” have for taxpayer resources.
Dixon discovered that Stefan Pryor and the Malloy Administration retained Leeds Global Partners to help develop Malloy’s “education reform” bill. Leeds Global Partners is a New York-based consulting company that includes consultants with whom Pryor has worked with in the past.
How did the Malloy Administration get around Connecticut’s bidding laws to hire Leeds Global Partners for $195,000? They ran the contract through SERC, the State Education Resource Center.
Wait, What? readers will recognize SERC as the organization that contracted with Steven Adamowski, Hartford’s former superintendent of schools, to serve as Malloy’s “Special Master” for the Windham School System.
In that case, the State Department of Education asked SERC to provide Adamowski with $225,000 plus benefits and included language in the contract that Adamowski apparently believes will allow him to add more years to his Teacher Retirement Fund pension by working as Windham’s “Special Master”. [This is not the extra four years of pension time that Governor Malloy tried to give Adamowski by adding special language to his “Education Reform” bill. That was for the year’s he served as Superintendent in Hartford even though he was not certified for the position].
In addition to the $195,000 for Leeds Global Partners, the CT Post’s Ken Dixon, also found that the Malloy Administration had the State Education Resource Center hire DSA Capital, for $60,000, to work with Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. According to the news story, Pryor was the one who asked that DSA Capital be retained and played the major role in getting them the contract.
When asked about these issues, Pryor’s spokesperson told Dixon that the whole situation was legal because SERC was a nonprofit organization and did not have to follow Connecticut’s bidding laws.
Dixon’s story is a MUST READ for those concerned about Governor Malloy’s approach to education reform and how they intend to use taxpayer funds as their “reform” effort goes forward.
Apparently, on their website, Leeds Global Partners advertises its “educational initiatives as money-making opportunities for potential investors.”
More Details to follow as they become available.