It gets worse….

One of the votes in favor of extending Paul Vallas’ contract as Superintendent of Bridgeport Schools tonight will certainly be Democrat Reverend Kenneth Moales, Jr.

Unlike the spectacular “It Gets Better Project” which communicates to youth around the world that it gets better, and seeks to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them, Kenneth Moales Jr. is a sad reminder that when it comes to politics, sometimes it actually gets worse.

In August 2011, Kenneth Moales was appointed by the Malloy Administration to Bridgeport’s illegal Board of Education.  At the time, he was serving as Mayor Bill Finch’s campaign treasurer.  As a member of the Democratic slate, Moales later won a seat on the democratically elected board.

Less than a year later, when Governor Malloy increased funding for early education slots in the state, Kenneth Moales and his family jumped at the opportunity to expand their daycare facilities.  According to the CT Post, “Nearly half of the new preschool slots awarded by the state to the city are going to a program that is part of the ministry of Rev. Kenneth Moales Jr., a state-appointed city school board member.”

The article continued with the information that “Kingdom’s Little Ones Christian Academy, an East End daycare and after-school program run by Moales’ mother, Peggy Moales, and his sister, Kenya Moales-Byrd, is getting 60 of the 130 new slots awarded to the district and some $500,000 that goes with it.”

As Wait, What? readers may remember, an earlier post had focused on the fact that “Kingdom’s Little Ones in Christ, Inc., a company affiliated with Prayer Tabernacle Church of Love, Inc., [Moales’ church] had received approximately $600,000 in public funds for daycare and after-school services from the City of Bridgeport over the past year and more than $2.2 million since 2006.

As if the extra half a million a year wasn’t enough, just two months ago, Kenneth Moles Jr. took an additional step and submitted an application to open a new charter school.

According to Moales, his Bridgeport Prestige Academy College Preparatory Charter School for boys would “prepare young men in grades 3-8 for admission to and success in demanding college preparatory high schools.”

Despite no background in education, except for the fact that he owns daycare centers with his mother and sister, Moales has now positioned himself to collect another $1 million a year in state funds if Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor and the State Board of Education select his proposal in the coming months.

As Vice Chair of the Bridgeport Board of Education and chair of the Board’s Finance subcommittee, Moales has been one of Paul Vallas’ strongest supporters.

As we know, Vallas is fond of making it clear to anyone who will listen that he was brought to Connecticut by Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor.  As Bridgeport’s Superintendent of Schools, Vallas will also play a crucial role in the selection of which Bridgeport charter schools get funding.

Will it be Pryor’s own Achievement First that gets more public funds?

Will it be Kenneth Moales, Jr. new charter school?

Tonight’s effort to extend Vallas’ contract is just one more piece of a much bigger puzzle.

It is a puzzle that spells the demise of Connecticut’s system of public education, with some “education reformers” getting rich in the process.

  • Robert

    Not only did he do the above, he also called a parent at a BOE meeting a ‘crack ho’. A true class act all the way.

    • Sleepless in Bridgeport

      He also was quoted (by the Vallas shill, Linda Lambeck) as saying “Contracts are made to be broken”. Time to someone to break the contracts the taxpayers have with his holyness.

    • sharewhut

      I thought that was just good natured banter with Ernie Newton…

  • Jesus, In Luke 6

    A Tree and Its Fruit

    43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.45 The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

    The Two Foundations

    46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48 That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.”

    –NRSV

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    Didn’t there used to be a principle of the separation of Church and State? Apparently that does not apply to Rev Holy Moly. If he accepts a nickle of State money to operate any type of business in Bridgeport he must excuse himself from the BOE immediately (or yesterday),

    Sad thing is the only reason in the world that Bridgeport needs Vallas is so he can buy things with no bid contracts without a thought about budgets, laws and mandates. So what if they don’t work or put millions more into his deep pockets. Pray for the future of Bridgeport.

  • Magister

    Wow, what’s next; handing over public school funds to shady Islamic clerics to open Gulen schools? Oh – wait…

    • Linda174

      Cyber schools are the next CT reformy venture. Children in front of screens or holding devices is called “personalized” learning. It also reduces labor costs and funnel money to eduvultures. Sit your kid in front of the tube or computer at home and it is bad parenting. Do it as a way to “educate” and it is innovative.

  • Apartheid First

    Sleepless in B’port wondered about the separation of Church and State, but that separation has been slowly seamed together by means of many troubling hand-outs, called “faith-based initiatives” (recall the family of a current death row inmate who decided that they did not agree with modern medical and psychological science, choosing instead to “get help” for their troubled son by means of their evangelical church and homeschooling… there really are advantages to science and medicine, folks!)… anyway, if we did not live in a superstitious and backward society, we would be making it harder for religious entitites to take over the education of children, the care of the sick and elderly, the rehabbing of prisoners, etc. It is not that some people aren’t well-intentioned, but we need more than intentions.
    Parochial schools are mostly much cheaper than public schools because they pay their teachers a pittance, offer few benefits, and take no responsibility for special ed and bilingual education. Oh, and they can discriminate as much as they damn-well like against christ-killers, non-heteros, and whoever else is headed for eternal damnation.
    I, myself, am much happier with the enlightenment and the prescient policy of “separation of church and state.”
    Dump Moales, now. And not another penny of taxpayer money to churchy schools and daycares.

  • Apartheid First

    This Deputy Mayor post is truly Orwellian. Kind of reminds me of another non-elected, out-of-state Deputy Mayor–the one to Cory Booker, goes by the name of Stefan Pryor.
    They know every trick in the book when it comes to circumventing democracy.
    Dump the Deputy/Chief/Assistant/Special this-or-that.

    • Linda174

      So sleazy…..must need to shower often to work at the SDE….everyone has a boy toy, too. Interesting.

  • This whole thing makes me sick. From Vallas and all his illegal and/or questionable activity to the buying of Moales’ vote..the whole Bridgeport things stinks. It just goes to show you…it rots from the top down and from the money pit in Hartford.