The CT Mirror explains, “Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday to help lead an education forum for the National Governors Association.”
The Courant’s take on the trip is that, “Malloy will join U.S. Sec. of Education Arne Duncan, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and former North Carolina Gov. James Hunt at the event, which lasts two days. Among the topics to be discussed “building coalitions to accelerate momentum and results” and “developing and supporting effective teachers and leaders” and “reallocating resources to improve achievement and attainment.”
However, undoubtedly those descriptions were provided to Connecticut media outlets by Malloy’s press operation because it turns out they left off a few important facts…such as the truth.
What wasn’t included in the material provided to the Connecticut media was that the invitation only 2013 Governors Education Symposium is being hosted by the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy. In fact, it is the fifth time the Hunt Institute has hosted the National Governors Association Education Symposium.
The Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy is named after North Carolina education reform advocate James Hunt. The Hunt Institute’s executive director is Judith Rizzo, who served as the deputy chancellor for instruction for the New York City Public Schools. A leading “reform advocate,” Rizzo takes credit for the creation of the Chancellor’s District that allowed the city’s chancellor to take over control of the city’s lowest-performing elementary, middle, and high schools.
Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor brought in a “graduate” of that program to run his Connecticut turnaround program. Debra Kurshan presently serves as Pryor’s turnaround chief.
In addition to their executive director, The Hunt Institute’s Board of Directors includes a number of major education reform politicians and advocates including former Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri who is credited with bringing Education Commissioner Deborah Gist to Rhode Island.
Gist, a supporter of Jeb Bush’s right-wing, Chief’s for Change superintendent group, is also attending Malloy’s event. Chief’s for Change and Gist support the major expansion of charters, school vouchers and other privatization efforts, as well as on-line virtual education programs and the creation of massive and comprehensive student data collection systems to track all students.
Another leading presenter at this year’s “2013 Governors Education Symposium” is Mark Kramer, the co-founder and managing director of FSG, a consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research. FSG’s clients include the Chicago Public Schools, DC Public Schools, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association, New Schools for New Orleans, New York City Leadership Academy, Newark Charter School Fund, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Before starting FSG consulting, Kramer was the President of Kramer Capital Management, a venture capital firm.
You can see the full program here: http://www.hunt-institute.org/elements/media/files/2013_GES_Program.pdf
And the issue briefs for the conference here: http://www.hunt-institute.org/elements/media/files/2013_GES_Issue_Briefs.pdf
The Hunt Institute’s major funders include, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Broad Foundation, The Lumina Foundation for Education, The Southern Regional Education Board, Achieve, Inc., Alliance for Excellent Education and the GE Foundation
But as one out-of-state media outlet reported, the Hunt Institute is best known for being “one of the biggest advocates of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.”
It is a sad commentary that Governor Malloy decided not to share the real details about his trip to Chicago.