With every passing day, lying seems to come easier and easier to Connecticut’s “Education Reformers.”
The latest example showed up in a recent blast email from Patrick Riccards, ConnCAN’s CEO and head cheerleader for Governor Malloy’s “Education Reform” bill.
Riccards returns to his old refrain that Connecticut’s Democratic legislators actually support “failing schools” by opposing some of the language in Malloy’s bill. In this case Riccards says “it appears that the Commissioner’s Network could end up being gutted even further.”
Readers will call that the “Commissioner’s Network” is the provision that allows Malloy’s Commissioner of Education to take over a local school, fire the staff, ban collective bargaining and turn the school over to be run by some unnamed third-party. Adding insult to injury the new entity running the school would then be exempt for the state’s laws limiting the use of consultants and the state laws requiring open and competitive bidding for goods and services.
Unfazed by this extraordinary abuse of power, the ”education reform” spokesman then turns his vitriolic rhetoric back onto Connecticut’s teachers saying “The teachers unions are spreading lies about the Commissioner’s Network, saying that these schools would ban collective bargaining and could be run by for-profit companies – both of which are patently false. They are undertaking a massive effort to prevent the Commissioner’s Network from moving forward in a meaningful way.”
He ends by calling on people to “Tell your legislators: The Commissioner’s Network is essential!”
What is it about the “education reformers” inability or unwillingness to tell the truth!
It’s almost as if they have a pathological need to lie.
If you’ve read Malloy’s “Education Reform” proposal (Senate Bill #24) or have been reading posts here at Wait, What? you will recall the statutory language that is part of Section 18 of the bill.
The bill reads:
(F) The provisions of sections 10-153a to 10-153n, inclusive, shall not apply to any teacher or administrator who is assigned to a commissioner’s network school.
Mr. Riccards, listen very carefully…
Section 10-153a of the Connecticut State Statutes IS THE STATE LAW THAT ALLOWS TEACHERS TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. It reads “Members of the teaching profession shall have and shall be protected in the exercise of the right to form, join or assist, or refuse to form, join or assist, any organization for professional or economic improvement and to negotiate in good faith through representatives of their own choosing with respect to salaries, hours and other conditions of employment free from interference, restraint, coercion or discriminatory practices by any employing board of education or administrative agents or representatives thereof in derogation of the rights guaranteed by this section and sections 10-153b to 10-153n, inclusive. [Section 10-153b to 10-153n then lay out the specific elements of how the collective bargaining process works].
When Governor Malloy’s bill says that “The provisions of sections 10-153a to 10-153n, inclusive, shall not apply to any teacher or administrator who is assigned to a commissioner’s network school,” it means that the LAW on collective bargaining SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY TEACHER OR ADMINISTRATOR WHO IS ASSIGNED TO A COMMISSIONER’S NETWORK SCHOOL.
It is not a difficult concept to wrap your head around.
Malloy’s bill BANS collective bargaining at Commissioner’s Network Schools.
Do you and your reform allies really not understand how laws are written or are you knowingly lying about this issue – over and over and over again.
You have just sent out another blast email saying that it is “patently false” that Malloy’s bill bans collective bargaining in the Commissioner’s Network schools.
You sir, are wrong. Senate Bill 24 BANS collective bargaining in Network Schools!
In forty years, since public employees won the right to collectively bargain, NO Connecticut governor has ever proposed banning collective bargaining for a group of public employees. No Democrat or Republican or our one Independent governor ever proposed such an inappropriate and immoral step – except this one.
You can lie all you want but you cannot erase the fact that Dannel Malloy will go down in history as the one Connecticut governor who proposed banning collective bargaining for a group of public employees.