The Connecticut State Senate passed an “education reform” bill early today. The State House will soon follow.
As the dust settles over the coming days we’ll explore some of the details and the remaining issues that must still be addressed, but the people who worked so hard to protect Connecticut’s children, schools and educational system from the national privatization effort, should be very proud of themselves and Connecticut’s Democratic legislators.
You’ll hear the “reformers” crow about their victories – and until the bill is passed and signed – we’ll let them do their thing unchallenged, but rest assured their quotes in today’s media reports are about as accurate as their statements have been over the past few months. Telling the truth is not one of their strong points.
The “compromise” includes some elements that shouldn’t be here. Malloy’s Commissioner of Education is still granted way too much power – especially for someone who faces such a pronounced conflict of interest. And why legislators gave in to Malloy’s demand for even more standardized tests is a true mystery considering that between Connecticut’s Mastery Tests and the No Child Left Unbothered Act, teaching to the test is already one of the primary aspects of Connecticut’s education program. Mastery Tests take place every year and they now want to add even more – idiots!
But the bottom line, Michelle Rhee, Achievement First and ConnCAN elitists who will have spent upwards of $2 million on their lobby effort to sweep in and take over Connecticut’s education system, with the help of Governor Malloy, have failed.
And now a number of these groups will face investigations and potential penalties for their illegal lobbying activities.
Stay tuned for more coverage.
Here is the latest CTNewsjunkie piece: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/education_reform_passes_senate_early_tuesday_morning/