Stefan Pryor expands his team of charter school advocates

As if Connecticut’s Alliance School Districts (the 30 poorest school districts in the state) weren’t having enough problems, Stefan Pryor has managed to pour even more salt into the wounds that are dragging down public education in Connecticut.

Over at the State Department of Education, Stefan Pryor got rid of Connecticut’s experienced Leaders in Residence and the team of experts who were dedicated to helping Connecticut’s Priority School Districts improve educational opportunities in the state’s poorest districts.

In addition to dumping the four Leaders in Residence, Pryor got rid of the three retired superintendents, all of whom had extraordinary, real world experience in Connecticut’s communities.

Malloy’s Commissioner of Education even transferred out the expert in English Language Learning and bilingual programs, the expert in helping schools create successful multi-cultural environments and the expert on reducing school bullying, making schools safer and improving school climates.

He replaced all of this expertise with a $1 million contract with an out-of-state corporate education reform company that sent in five inexperienced consultants to tell Connecticut’s education leaders what to do.

The result has been chaos with many Alliance Districts unable to get the money and help that Malloy and the Connecticut Legislature promised them.

To make matters worse, a majority of the MassInsight company consultants have left and been replaced by even less experienced individuals.

With Alliance Districts twisting in the wind, Stefan Pryor brought in a new Director for his “Turnaround Office,” a principal from one of Pryor’s Achievement First, Inc. charter schools.

Morgan Barth is noteworthy in his own right.  He says he worked as an Achievement First, Inc. teacher in Connecticut for six years.  However, it appears that he was in those classrooms illegally because despite a state law mandating that all teachers be certified by the State Department of Education, Barth never bothered to become a Connecticut certified teacher.

Ironic that Morgan Barth, who refused to follow the laws of the State Department of Education, is now a senior manager at that very state agency.

But if it wasn’t already clear enough, Stefan Pryor has now proven that he is completely and utterly tone-deaf to the anger and frustration that is building up around the Malloy administration’s handling of public education policy in the state.

This week Morgan Barth proudly pronounced that Nasir Qadree, an Education Pioneer Fellow, Class of 2013, has joined Pryor’s “Turnaround Office.”

Nasir Qadree is new to the education management industry.

According to his bio, Qadree has been working in the “Investment Manager Services sleeve” of State Street Corporation where he was “responsible for covering North American Business Development and Sales.”  Nasir worked with prospective clients to “review and align their current operations with State Street’s servicing model.”

Before that, “Nasir worked in the Institutional Equity Sales Research group of State Street Global Markets (SSGM). In this role, he introduced portfolio managers, analysts, and traders to SSGM’s proprietary macro and quantitative research.”

And “Prior to joining State Street, Nasir worked at Goldman Sachs in New York where he worked as an operations analyst on the Fixed Income Sales desk. At Goldman Sachs, he supported municipal bond and money market sales traders.”

Nasir Qadree received a B.S. from Hampton University in Marketing and reports that he did some tutoring in New York City.

It is unclear who is paying Nasir Qadree’s salary.  He doesn’t show up (yet) on the state’s payroll but State Department of Education hasn’t gone through the necessary steps to take him on as a non-paid employee.

According to Morgan Barth though he is a “New Team Member,” with Barth writing, “Please join me in welcoming Nasir Qadree to the turnaround team. Nasir joins the SDE as an Education Pioneer Fellow…Nasir will initially support several projects pertaining to the Commissioner’s Network and charter schools.”

And rest assured that Nasir Qadree likes charter schools and charter school advocates;

Among his recent social media texts and posts were the following;

“I love this. Tireless KIPP teachers showing how much they care for the future of their KIPPsters (students), all through Hip-Hop.” (KIPP being one of the biggest charter school chains in the country).

And

@CoryBooker excited to be begin working for your former colleague Stefan Pryor in CT, focusing tirelessly on #schoolturnaround.”  To which Cory Booker responded, “He is a great man.”

Last week Qadree also tweeted, “Excited to participate in the Northeast Charter School Conference. #StudentsFirst.”

In conclusion, it is certainly clear that Governor Malloy reiterates his commitment to undermining Connecticut’s teachers, schools and our state’s system of public education.

  • Linda174

    Twitter message to Nasir:

    @NasirQadree tell us your opinion of unionized experienced veteran teachers..this represents a majority of CT teachers, we would like 2 know

    @NasirQadree @CoryBooker is spin around,shaming staff/students only way 2 improve Do u have original ideas or just follow reformy playbook?

  • Mary Gallucci

    Qadree is also here http://www.experiencebell.org/about/leadership-councils
    Education Pioneers–that sounds like the group Gabrielle Ramos was associated with before she became a Broad Resident and Turnaround specialist… bumped by Adamowski, who needed a state pension.
    Is Qadree also a Broadie? He sure sounds like it.

  • Castles Burning

    This selection seems like an enormous drop from Pryor’s already below basement standards. I could not understand the descriptions of what Nasir Qadree had done in previous jobs, finding no connection to education. Only his posts and tweets indicate that he is a cheerleader for the edudeform industry. I repeat the question recently asked when Wendy Lecker pointed out that our educational practices do not meet the basic requirements for scientific research involving human: how low can we go?

  • Linda174

    Parents opt out….see note on Halloween candy

  • Linda174

    Diane on Jon Stewart tonight 11:00 pm:

  • Linda174

    How much Arne knows about teaching and learning:

  • bhoward

    You people sound bitter and jealous……Sounds like we can place you on the same level as the 5th grade bullies in the very schools you are so worried about protecting

  • Guest

    Your evaluation of Nasir Qadree is a bit unfair. It seems that you picked some information you found on social media and used it to make an inadequate assessment of his qualifications. As someone who’s active in ed reform, I’ve seen the involvement Nasir has had in NYC. He’s not only spent years volunteering at schools (including teaching after school workshops for kids), he’s served on education nonprofit boards, and has done prior work for an education advocacy organization in NYC and Washington D.C. Before you come to a conclusion of anyone’s qualifications, please do some thorough research of their background. I’d like to take this article more seriously if it didn’t seem intent on proving a point with inaccurate evidence. I also wouldn’t make the conclusion that his support of KIPP indicates that he only supports charter schools. He supports good schools, charter or otherwise.

  • Guest

    Your evaluation of Nasir Qadree is a bit unfair. It seems that you picked some information you found on social media and used it to make an inadequate assessment of his qualifications. As someone who’s active in ed reform, I’ve seen the involvement Nasir has had in NYC. He’s not only spent years volunteering at schools (including teaching after school workshops for kids), he’s served on education nonprofit boards, and has done prior work for an education advocacy organization in NYC and Washington D.C. Before you come to a conclusion of anyone’s qualifications, please do some thorough research of their background. I’d like to take this article more seriously if it didn’t seem intent on proving a point with inaccurate evidence. I also wouldn’t make the conclusion that Nasir’s support of KIPP indicates that he only supports charter schools. He supports good schools, charter or otherwise.

    • jonpelto

      Do you know if he is being paid by the State of Connecticut or by another entity?

  • EdLeadershipcrisis

    is there any relationship between the CEO of KIPP, Richard Barth, and this Morgan Barth?

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