Freedom of Information complaint filed against Commissioner Stefan Pryor and the Connecticut Department of Education

“A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both. A people who mean to be their own governor must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”  – James Madison

With three Freedom of Information requests pending with the Connecticut Department of Education for information that is undoubtedly public and no sign of a response from Commissioner Stefan Pryor or his staff, the Education Department has left  no option but to file a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission.

Despite a campaign promise to make government more transparent, the Malloy Administration continues to engage in an unprecedented effort to undermine the independence, sanctity and effectiveness of Connecticut’s Freedom of Information law.  However, as of now, the law remains clear and concise – the public has a right to public records.

The records that have been requested, including the mysterious unapproved copy of the Operations Agreement for the new Windham Magnet School, are unquestionably public records.  However, weeks after a simple FOI request, the Department has been unwilling to turn over the records.

For that reason, a complaint against Commissioner Pryor and his agency has been filed.

Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

  • Freedom

    The Commissioner and his staff have made it priority to hide information from the Public. This has been his Method of Operation frothe beginning. For example he often communicates with his leadership team via a non state email address. I was also told that he doesn’t allow staff to communicate with the public everything has to go through his leadership team despite the fact that they have no idea abot CT Public Education System

  • mookalaboona

    I keep saying it. Get rid of that idiot Malloy and the ilk he has hired!

  • brutus2011

    Every citizen should become familiar with the economic concept of information asymmetry. Simply put, it is when a party knows something the other party does not. This is how many government officials operate, in my un-humble opinion, to manage the risk of being held accountable. If you want to study a master at this, come to New Haven and study Mayor DeStefano and his Superintendent of Schools Mayo. We have been in their trick bag for 20 years!

  • Sue

    Pit Bull Pelto!

  • Excellent!