“Really? Really? They are going to argue about whether we should evaluate the effectiveness of people? Really?… That’s an argument I’m more than happy to have.” - Governor Malloy January 2013
According to recent CTMirror articles, that is the response Governor Malloy had when “Told that municipal leaders were expressing concerns about the timeline and costs for implementation of the evaluation system at their annual Council of Small Town’s conference this week.”
The CT mirror added, “Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said they have no intention of slowing down a statewide rollout for the upcoming school year.”
Governor, first off, no one is talking about whether “we should evaluate the effectiveness of people!” The question is which evaluation system is best and who is going to pay for the costs associated with developing and implementing a good evaluation system.
When Roy Occhiogrosso resigned as Malloy’s chief adviser there was some hope that the absurd, stupid and arrogant comments emanating from the Governor’s Office would come to an end – but Malloy’s response the other day proves that he is more than capable of filling the void left by his bullying former adviser and spokesman.
Second, let’s put the whole issue in context.
According to news reports;
“Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, gave town leaders reason to believe Thursday that cuts in state funding are headed their way.”
“There will be some pain going around,” the Democratic governor told small town leaders at a conference in Cromwell Wednesday.
“It is probably unlikely that we are going to be able to hold cities and towns harmless,” Sharkey, D-Hamden, also told the crowd.”
The message was loud and clear. Faced with another $1 billion budget deficit next year, the Governor and top Democrat leaders are saying cities and towns will be on the list of things to be cut in Malloy’s upcoming state budget proposal.
So on one day Connecticut’s leaders are saying they we will require significantly more government duties for cities and towns, but on the next day they say they won’t be pay for those added costs.
That is called an “unfunded mandate.” An unfunded mandate is a legal obligation that the federal or state government requires municipalities to complete for which no funds are provided.
Republicans traditionally oppose mandates, but nearly all of them voted for Malloy’s “education reform” bill which contains tens of millions of dollars in unfunded mandates.
Furthermore, just two years ago, Governor Malloy jumped on the bandwagon pledging not to adopt any more unfunded mandates.
“Democratic Lt. Gov.-elect Nancy Wyman scored some major brownie points with members of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities this week, telling a group of mayors and first selectmen that the new administration of running mate Dannel Malloy opposes shifting additional costs onto cities and towns.
“What I said was that Gov.-elect Malloy has said that under these financial conditions he does not see himself in the next year signing any new unfunded mandates on cities or towns,” Wyman said in interview. (See Greenwich Times article entitled Wyman swears off unfunded mandates).
So here is where we stand
(1) Governor, your snide and arrogant comment about evaluations is bull**it. No one is saying there shouldn’t be evaluations of teachers. The municipal leaders are saying YOUR PROGRAM will cost tens of millions of dollars. The state isn’t providing the necessary funds, local property taxes can’t afford the additional cost and there are far more effective and inexpensive ways to “evaluate” people. If you get your pay, property taxes will go up and scarce education funds will needed to be shifted from important instructional programs to an untested and wasteful evaluation system
(2) You said you wouldn’t support unfunded mandates. Your teacher evaluation program is a huge unfunded mandate. When municipal leaders ask that the implementation be delayed you say you won’t budge. So the message is clear. You are either going back on yet another key promise or you and your administration were lying when you made it clear that you wouldn’t be supporting more unfunded mandates.
Governor, your continued arrogance and lying is getting more than tiresome.
For more on this issue see CTMirror at: http://ctmirror.org/story/18811/pressure-mounts-delay-teacher-evaluations and CTNewsjunkie at: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/speaker_says_cuts_to_cities_and_towns_are_likely/