Thy myth and the reality surrounding Steve Perry, “America’s most trusted educator,” continues to come to light.
With its extended year and day academic schedule, Hartford’s Capital Prep Magnet School recently completed the 33rd day of its second marking period.
But regardless of what Steve Perry may have submitted on his time card, the $150,000 plus city employee has missed an extraordinary number of school days.
In fact, if he was a student and missed this many school days he’d be gone or on his way out.
Week #1: During the last week of August, while his students attended classes, Steve Perry was busy at the 2013 Dallas Megafest, where “Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest Brings Hollywood To Church In Dallas.” (Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzb8n2rHWx8)
Week #2: Thursday, September 5th, Perry joined his mentor, Michele Rhee, at the Rhee’s Los Angeles “Teacher Town Hall” (Video http://www.teachertownhall.org/teacher_town_hall_los_angeles/)
Week #3: Thursday, September 12th and Steve Perry was with Rhee in Birmingham, Alabama (Video http://www.teachertownhall.org/teacher_town_hall_birmingham/)
Week #4: Perry is back on the road to join Rhee’s at her Philadelphia event on September 16th (Video http://www.teachertownhall.org/teacher_town_hall_philly/) and then went on to Jackson, Mississippi for a solo appearance on September 19th.
Week #5: Perry goes off to sunny Ft. Lauderdale for a speech on September 26th.
And that doesn’t even count his September trip to Rochester, New York on September 21st and any other events that haven’t yet come to light.
Not to mention, last Thursday, October 10th, when criticized here at Wait, What? about tweeting during the school day, Perry snapped back “One spent his morning counting my tweets not realizing I was on a plane & on my personal leave. It’s so not about kids for these union thugs.”
On a plane?
Not about the kids?
At least nine trips out-of-state in the first 33 days of Capital Prep’s marking period and Steven Perry is lecturing people about his commitment to the kids?
Parents, teachers and taxpayers in Connecticut should be asking Hartford’s superintendent of schools, Christina Kishimoto and the Hartford Board of Education what they are doing to make sure that “America’s most trusted educator” isn’t wasting the public’s scarce resources.