Re-posting from June 28, 2013
As the Malloy/Pryor/Vallas illegal strategies for Bridgeport collapse —- watch out because the citizens of Windham and New London are under assault as a result of the fact that Special Master Steven Adamowski has joined Vallas in the land where laws don’t apply….
Last month, the Connecticut Education Association filed a complaint against Paul Vallas, the pseudo Superintendent of Bridgeport’s school system. The complaint focused on the fact that Paul Vallas was breaking Connecticut law “by not allowing teachers, parents, and community leaders to participate in the educational process” as required by Connecticut’s School Governance Council law (Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-223 j.)
As the CEA documents revealed, the Connecticut General Assembly and Governor Malloy claim to be strong supporters of School Governance Councils, the system that was put in place to ensure that parents, teachers and the community have a greater voice in local education decisions.
But as readers of Wait, What? know, Paul Vallas has systematically undermined the role of parents, teachers and anyone else who has the audacity to question his dictatorial approach to decision-making.
For example, Vallas’ predilection for signing no-bid contracts, co will costing Connecticut and Bridgeport taxpayers millions of dollars over the coming years.
While Vallas’ efforts to block community, parent and teacher involvement are well documented, knowledgeable observers note that Special Master Steven Adamowski has violated these same laws just as much, if not more than Vallas.
Adamowski serves as the Malloy Administration’s hand-picked “Special Master” for the Windham and New London schools systems. Not surprisingly, he received the $225,000-a-year plus benefits job via a no-bid contract that was run through SERC, the State Education Resource Center. SERC is the same vehicle that Malloy’s Commissioner of Education used to give no-bid contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to a series of out-of-state consultants who were retained to help Malloy and Pryor develop Connecticut’s “education reform” bill.
As observers have reported, Adamowski’s wanton disregard for School Governance Councils (and turnaround committees) in Windham and New London not only violates Connecticut law, but has systematically crushed the democratic rights of the citizens of those two communities.
Adamowski’s alleged actions include failing to provide parents, teachers and the community in both Windham and New London with the opportunity to review the fiscal objectives of the draft budget for the school and provide advice before it was submitted to the superintendent, the failure to allow School Governance Councils to participate in the hiring process of administrators, refusing to provide ample involvement in analyzing school achievement data and school needs relative to the improvement plan for the school, failing to allow School Governance Councils to assist local schools principals when making programmatic and operational changes for improving school achievement. And the list goes on and on.
In New London, Adamowski even mishandled the legal process surrounding the evaluation of the local superintendent by instructing the local board of education to evaluate the superintendent in executive session, six months after the end of the year, in direct violation of state statutes.
When the Connecticut Education Association filed their complaint against Vallas, Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Vallas’ friend and confidant, was quick to dismiss the complaint.
Considering the evidence against Adamowski appears to be just as strong, if not stronger than the case against Vallas, let’s hope parents, teachers and community leaders in New London and Windham will bring a similar complaint against Special Master Adamowski.
Of course, Commissioner Stefan Pryor will probably work just as hard to stonewall action against Adamowski, but at least the people will know that violating the law will not go unnoticed.