WNPR’s Dankosky covers Htfd BOE Chairman Poland’s call for investigation of Principal Steve Perry

WNPR’s Where We Live host John Dankosky continues to lead the Connecticut media coverage on Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry’s outrageous and bullying behavior, including Perry’s now infamous tweet that he was going to “strap up” – a reference to carrying a concealed weapon and that there would be “head injuries” following the Hartford Board of Education’s recent vote to reject a proposal that would have allowed Perry to use his private company to take-over management control of both Capital Prep and SAND elementary school in Hartford.

Dankosky reports that, “The Chairman of Hartford’s School Board, Matt Poland, has called for an investigation of Dr. Steve Perry, the outspoken principal of Capital Prep Magnet School. The questions involve Perry’s controversial statements on Twitter.”

The WNPR story observes that “Hours after the Hartford Board of Education voted down a proposal that would have replicated his Capital Prep Magnet School model in another struggling school, Perry tweeted this:

‘The only way to lose a fight is to stop fighting. All this did was piss me off. It’s so on. Strap up, there will be head injuries.’”

As noted repeatedly here at Wait, What? if a student made such a threat they’d be suspended, arrested and probably prevented from returning to the school.

If a principal or other administrator made a threat like Perry’s they’d be escorted to the door and fired.

Dankosky’s reports that Hartford Board of Education Chairman Matt Poland told him, “I found it to be appalling…I believe that given the nature of this most recent tweet, and some of the other tweets that we’ve heard about, and incidents that we’ve heard about, there’s certainly enough material to warrant a look at what the situation is at Capital Prep. The bravado is getting a little much to take at this point,”

Poland added that he has asked Hartford’s Superintendent of Schools to “investigate Perry’s Twitter comments and other complaints that have come from former teachers at the school.”

As WNPR notes, the Perry attack even made the Washington Post:

You can read and hear the WNPR story here: http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-board-education-chairman-calls-investigation-principal-steve-perry

The latest Wait, What? Post here: http://jonathanpelto.com/2013/11/21/hartford-steve-perry-threat-make-washington-post/

And the Washington Post’s blog here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/21/principal-gets-mad-and-tweets-strap-up-there-will-be-head-injuries/

  • Glo in the Dark

    Could it be that finally someone is listening about Steve Perry?

    • ReTired

      One can only hope that at last he may be held to the same standards; however, given the Vallas situation and how the state supreme court voted, Steve Perry may receive the same justice! Ain’t life grand? It’s never what you know, only who you know!

  • jonpelto
    • Linda174

      Sure….they narrowly focus on the union, not the BOE chair, the mayor, etc. This is only happening because of the union.

      • ReTired

        Someone needs to get the message that unions in this country no longer carry clout! Once charters were allowed in this state, corporate America was smiling all the way to the bank! Game over!

  • ReTired

    I’d like to know how the news media, other than FOX decides which stories they’ll cover and which fail to merit attention.

    • jonpelto

      Well we now know the threat to get a gun and create head injuries is not news….
      No wait – it must be news – just not when it is uttered by steve perry.
      Normally a school official, on school time, threatening to get a gun and creating head injuries is probably news….or at least let’s pretend it is news

      • hartfordtruth

        I would suggest your consistent insistence that this had to do with a gun would have to be slander. You must never had played a sport. I’m sure Les Miles was talking about guns too…http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-05-08/lsu-tigers-coach-les-miles-mizzouri-texas-am-strap-it-up-steve-spurrier

        • R.L.

          Weak…….
          Here was first Google, Urban Dictionary.
          1. Strap up: To ‘strap up’ is to use a condom when having sex.
          ‘so you been hittin 5 girls huh? did u strap up or hit that shit raw?

          2. Strap up : To arm one’s self with a concealable firearm, typically a pistol.
          “Hey John, you’d better strap-up. We’ve got to deep in the trailer park and might run into a bit of trouble before Johnny Law can come and back us up.”

          Or, “We’ve got to deep in the trailer park and might run into a bit of trouble before Johnny Law can come and back us up.” can be substututed with, “There will be head injuries.”
          3. Strap up : insult to boy or girl implyig that they should sort themselfs out and behave rationaly. or oppositley, put on their strap on dildo
          strap up joe

          3. Strap up : insult to boy or girl implyig that they should sort themselfs out and behave rationaly. or oppositley, put on their strap on dildo
          strap up joe

        • hartfordtruth

          when Pelto adds “[a gun]” to Perry’s tweet that’s slander. He’s putting words creating a new meaning into the tweet.
          He better have deep pockets.

          slan·der
          ˈslandər/
          noun
          LAW
          1.
          the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.
          “he is suing the TV network for slander”

          verb
          1.
          make false and damaging statements about (someone).

        • hartfordtruth

          I did not know “urban dictionary” is now a reliable source for deciphering intent to quotes. What next, doctoral students using “Wikipedia”? You must be a product of the schools the unions are protecting.

        • R.L.

          Hartford is an Urban place.
          Lets say Perry didn’t really mean a gun and see how it makes his statement sound.
          “Strap up (put on your condom), there will be head injuries.”
          Hmmmm.
          “Strap up (get that dildo ready), there will be head injuries.”
          Better?
          Pick any one. They all paint a pretty disturbed picture. Are they all slander, or just the two he didn’t mean? Can we prove in court that he meant any particular one at the time he wrote it? Maybe he did mean “strap on your dildo, there will be head injuries,” when he said it. Reformers are a tricky lot. They even play tricks with the law itself. Sometimes laws count for some people and sometimes they count for others. Sometimes they don’t count for some people, yet they continue to count for others. It’s quite amazing.

        • hartfordtruth

          R.L.

          All I have to say is WOW. Thank you for showing everyone how unintelligent you are. I didn’t even have to try.

        • Linda174

          Guess who this is? Sounds just like him.

          Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

        • Linda174

          This guy:

        • hartfordtruth

          I am not Dr Perry. Just someone who is telling the truth. Thanks for the compliment though.

        • Linda174

          You wouldn’t recognize the truth if it smacked you in the face and resulted in a head injury. Here’s some truth for you, share with Steve, Steve, so “strap up”:

        • hartfordtruth

          Again, you show your true colors. I have not been rude, disrespectful or personal in any of my comments. And you can not say the same.

          Who really are the bullies?

        • R.L.

          “Thank you for showing everyone how unintelligent you are.” (hartfordtruth)

        • Linda174

          Which part was offensive?

          Truth

          Head injuries

          Or

          Strap up?

        • Linda174

          More truth from WNPR post today:

          Hello- I am a current parent from Capital Prep School in Hartford CT and my child has been attending the school for a few years now. It is very disheartening to hear that a principal from my child’s school would be tweeting such a violent statement. I am wondering why he isn’t held accountable like any other principal in the Hartford School System? I am also curious as to why he is allowed to tweet during school hours as a city employee? I am also curious as to why his tweets have had pictures of our Capital Prep students for the world to see? I have never signed a permission slip that specifically says I will allow this. The tweets expose our children to possible predators. Also I would like to know why he is not held accountable for all of the days he has missed. Yes Capital Prep is a year round school but he fails to tell you that the students and teachers have all of the month of June off, two weeks in December, a week in March and another week off in August.
          My other children have attended various other magnet schools and I have to be honest I have not seen a stand out difference @ this school. Yes his claim to fame has been 100% of the children attend a 4 year school however he fails to state the attrition rate @ this school is high. Children are asked to leave the school if they are not meeting certain bench marks. I question how this is helping the “Achievement Gap” and children that are in dire
          need? He also talks about the Social Justice project for Capital Prep however having a senior project is also mandated @ Public and Magnet schools before he started this. I would also like to know why he isn’t being held accountable for the conflict of interest of being a City of Hartford Employee and incorporating Capital Prep under his own company and trying to franchise?
          I am a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child. I have received more support from the teachers at Capital Prep rather than Dr. Perry. Prior to the school becoming a pre-k to 12th grade school and the student population was substantially smaller; he did not know my child’s name nor my name even though I am a very active parent. Which is quite different because my other children’s school principal’s new my name and my child’s name.
          As a concerned parent I would like to know who is going to advocate on my behalf and make Dr Perry held accountable like any other City of Hartford employee?

        • blondie

          Eloquently said.

        • jonpelto

          Steve perry violated hartford school policy and he may have violated connecticut state law. He engaged in political activity and personal business on public time. He has missed 20% of his job and yet collected full pay when excessive absences is defined as missing 10%.
          He lied about the success of his school and when he didn’t win at the board of education he tweeted a “metaphor” that would have gotten a student arrested and suspended and a teacher fired.
          He has consistently called anyone who didn’t agree with him a racist. He has a unsigned consent order in his desk related to a bullying incident in his school, he faces an investigation for violating federal and state law on failing to provide special education services, he has instructed numerous teachers to work outside of their certification, he his suspension rates are significantly higher than he reported to the state which is illegal and there are at least five cases where former parents or students have alleged actions that would be defined as child abuse including making small children hold heavy books above their heads and children being forced to rub up and down stairs.
          When the investigations are completed the now famous tweet will be considered minor. People will very well lose their certification and if the special education and abuse violations prove true people could face fines or even arrest.
          Perry’s tweet is a serious violation of policy and deserves disciplinary action but that is almost the least of his problems.
          As to a charge of slander – the truth is a 100% defense and under state law it is not whether he intended the threat but how the threat is perceived,
          I perceived it as a threat, therefore it is bullying.

          Case closed.

          See you in court.

        • JMC

          Wow! Jon, I can’t say for sure what “strap up” means, but you sure have “unloaded” in brillianr “smack down” fashion!

        • Mary Gallucci

          Perhaps too subtle for Steve Perry (perhaps), but as defensive and offensive as a certain Hartford BoE member known to come on blogs and snipe at parents, citizens, and teachers who disagree with him/her. The method of baiting various posters, then turning around and accusing them of being rude, disrespectful–then whining, I hope you’re not really a teacher, blah, blah–when s/he has no idea what real teachers do in class all day, especially in distressed districts like Hartford.
          I don’t actually care who hartfordtruth is–but it’s rather curious that he/she is, aside from Gwen S., the only person defending Perry incendiary rhetoric.

        • notafanforeal

          @hartfordtruth Just pull yourself up to the nearest mirror and study the image starring back at YOU!

        • educationmatters

          That’s an interesting point. When I first got to Hartford I thought that Achieve Hartford! was some kind of watchdog or oversight group for the city. But after reading the newsletter and watching the website it became clear that it was little more than a cheer leading section with no intent on addressing actual issues within the system or community. THEN I found out how it was funded and what it really does and it all made sense.

        • blondie

          So you wish to: threaten people; mislead people about the performance of your school on the backs of minority students; have no experience to run a school while rarely showing up to work; misuse taxpayers dollars; disregard the law on many levels; and continually use improper English. You have unusual aspirations to say the least. Yes, I’ve wasted enough time responding to your posts.

        • blondie

          This is a classic example of projection. Sounds very familiar to me.

        • L.M.

          R.L.
          In all fairness, the condom reference might be in line considering what a Richard Cranium Perry seems to be.

        • TMS

          You’re killing me R.L. Love it.

        • blondie

          Please take an English class. Same vernacular as Perry’s tweets.

        • Ebony in Hartford

          Oh, speaking of dissertations…

          Very odd that no one at UHa speaks about that fact that the good doctor is an alum of their EdD program (though he pretends he earned an PhD). Why not?

          http://dianeravitch.net/2013/05/19/mercedes-schneider-reviews-dr-steve-perry/

        • notafanforeal

          @ebonyinhartford:disqus Let the church say AMEN!

        • blondie

          Ebony if we had to make a list of all the “pretending” violations, it would be a mighty long list.

          I’m very sorry about your experience at C Prep as no one should have to endure such treatment. However, I’m so proud of your articulate and brave manner in coming forth.

          Your students are quite lucky to have you as a teacher. You are a true advocate for children – a role in which one often finds him/herself alone or targeted. But we need to do so as children cannot advocate for themselves. Much truth is hidden from parents as well.

          You are not alone though. I am grateful for every teacher, parent, citizen, or administrator who stepped/spoke out on behalf of our children.

          I know someone who knows you and he speaks very highly of you. You, others on this blog, and even those across the country, make me proud to be in the profession of teaching.

        • WordToYourMoms

          So, it’s fine to make violent statements but something that could possibly damage a reputation is off limits? Please.

        • hartfordtruth

          yes. that’s what slander is.

        • hartfordtruth

          And when is “Urban Dictionary” a reliable source for information? What next? “Wikipedia” being quoted in dissertations? You must be a product of a school the unions protect.

        • JMC

          Actually, Wikipedia can be a superb source of info. It obviously should not be referenced in dissertations, but many of the links it offers are first-rate and indispensable. It is often up to the minute and generally superior to print reference media, which are frequently mere rehashes of other print media and are quite obsolete. I frequently access the German and French editions of Wikipedia, which are also excellent. However, if you are looking for a reference means that is alway true, always complete, and always current, you are not going to find one.

        • blondie

          Is this Steve Perry?

        • Linda174

          Bingo…presently in twitter rehab.

        • Mother Hen

          English is a living language and words are defined by the people. Urban Dictionary provides definitions for slang, which are words popularized by the people but not yet accepted into the lexicon by elite dictionaries like the OED. Utilizing a source such as Urban Dictionary for slang definitions is appropriate, while citing Wikipedia for statistical material is not.

          Worrying about libel should be the last thing on your agenda, Steve. Why not worry about the example you are setting by using violent language (concussions can kill, by the way) and bullying? I want my children to be ethical, sensible, and respectful human beings; if that means they hurt the assessment data or get taught by “union thugs,” so be it.

        • Linda174

          Please send your tips to Perry. He’s been slandering an entire profession for personal gain for years, a skill he never mastered.

        • blondie

          Take a law class first. Slander is one when speaks falsely with intent to harm. Libel is when one puts it in writing.

          Did you even read what you posted??? “making a false SPOKEN statement”.

          Jon is free to interpret the statement which Perry was crazy enough to post. He’s made threats in person to people and that has been documented time and time again.

          I’ll go with the side of R.L.’s quote from the Urban Dictionary.

          If you plan on suing, plan on getting it thrown out of court. Let’s hope you’re not pro se.

          Another Perry supporter clogging the blog with examples of how not to use the English language. There is a difference between slander and libel even if one cuts and pastes from the internet.

          Oh and it should be: “He’d better have deep pockets.” Your reference requires a change in verb usage. Also sentences begin with capitalization.

          Yeah we’re not too worried about your argument. My advice – apply for a job at Yahoo News in which irrelevant and grammatically incorrect stories are needed daily (must have interest in Kim Kardashian but no knowledge of the law or the ability to write a cogent or useful comment).

        • jonpelto

          Thank you Blondie. I’d be honored to have you as my lawyer!

        • blondie

          And I’d represent you pro bono! : )

        • educationmatters

          He’s also put himself forward as a public figure so it’s a different game for him.

        • Guest

          Public figure. Look it up! NYTIMES vs. Sullivan 1964.

        • Concerned Parent

          Regardless it was inappropriate for my child’s school principal to tweet that and post various pictures of student’s from Capital Prep on his endless tweets. He should be held accountable!!

        • WordToYourMoms

          Gun or not, the threat of “head injuries” is spelled out. Do we care what method the man had in mind for causing those injuries?

          The Principreneur has a serious lack of judgment, as does the Chairman of the BOE whose online bullying has been only slightly less extreme than Perry’s.

        • hartfordtruth

          There’s a huge difference between insinuating concussions after a hard fought game and stating someone threatened a bullet to the head. Hope Dr Perry is more civil about this than “Wait What” has been to him.

        • jonpelto

          You are joking right?

          Perry said strap up, not strap it up.

          Look it up.

          We all know what he was referring too.

          Call it a metaphor if you want but the bully said strap up there are going to be head injuries….

        • blondie

          On what premise does Steve Perry deserve civility given he is the antithesis to civility? I highly doubt you’ll find any sympathizers for Steven Perry.

          This blog is about getting out the truth few are willing to report, let alone take on with such advocacy and bravery for the citizens of CT.

          Now other news agencies are quoting Jon and directing the larger public to the blog.

        • notafanforeal

          @hartfordtruth aka Steve Perry CIVIL really???

        • Linda174

          So piss me off meant?

          It’s so on meant?

          Head injuries meant?

          Please elaborate Steve.

          And your posse is worried about slander?

        • Linda174

          Steve, please get back to work. Don’t you have pre/post observation notes to review for the teachers who haven’t left yet?

        • blondie

          I don’t know how I missed this comment. My guess below states HartfordTruth is most likely Steve Perry too!!

        • Linda174

          Great minds. Poor Steve..even with his celebrity status he only has one supporter: himself.

        • Guest

          Bring your anti-defamation lawsuit and lets see what else happens to your very public figure Steve Perry.

        • Linda174

          A message for you:

          Hartfordtruth? I see you’re surfing tonight and now you have moved on to harassing Ebony on The Answer Sheet, WP.

          Here’s your response to her first hand account of misery at CP:

          Hartord truth says: “Ebony, maybe you should have been more concerned about stuff like students taking pictures of themselves planking ON COMPUTERS and posting them online IN YOUR CLASS.”

          Read Ebony’s original comment and her response to Perry’s only supporter who may be Perry. Getting desperate?

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/21/principal-gets-mad-and-tweets-strap-up-there-will-be-head-injuries/

        • notafanforeal

          @hartfordtruth aka Steve Perry, your definition of strap up changes by the second, metaphor, sports term or joke??????

  • Sue

    WFSB, channel 3 is covering this right after the commercial. NOW!

    • educationmatters

      Anything?

  • jrp1900

    Perry’s outrageous comment is directly related to his commitment to the “no excuses” model of school administration. A person who will not accept “excuses,” is immune to entreaties and pleas: in other words, they have little time for discussion, negotiation or communicative understanding. They evince the mentality of the prison guard: “just do as you are told” is the only message they have for the students.

    And when there is no place for discussion or counseling or any kind of accommodation, when a student disagrees (as is bound to happen on occasion), the only available option, for the teacher, is to “fight” them to force them to back down. In Perry’s mind, the teacher who is “soft” on the students is a sap who is only going to get “punked.” The students need the stick (forget the carrot!), and they need to know, in no uncertain terms, who is the boss.

    Perry is a simple bully. His kind deserve contempt.

  • Sue

    Still waiting. I hate when networks do this.

  • Linda174

    Perry uses his twisted mind to make his tweet about union:

    @DrStevePerry: When the union tries to give you lemons, turn it into lemonade. What will it take to get the focus on our kids? http://t.co/XGGvpPR0k9

    • educationmatters

      Interesting – the tone of the article is one of defense of Perry. it’s not very balanced and is critical of his detractors.

      • Linda174

        HC/Malloy/Pryor do not support traditional schools, unionized teachers, parents and students. They support the reform ideology, which is doomed to fail. They just don’t know yet.

      • Linda174

        The WFSB report just now did NOT defend Perry. Made him look like the a$$ he is. Connected tweet to denial of SAND takeover.

  • RealEducator

    The board members who voted in favor of this lunatic on Tuesday should tender their resignations.

    • Linda174

      Love it!

  • Magister

    I do not think that Perry actually is threatening violence with a gun or otherwise, in spite of the unpleasant imagery of his latest tweet.

    I do think that his excessive belligerence, bullying, and tasteless language is disturbing, grossly inappropriate and unprofessional, and that he needs to be removed from his position. Plenty of other school administrators and faculty have been forced to resign for far less.

    • Magister

      Isn’t he the guy who likes to complain that bad unionized educators never get shown the door? Here’s a chance to at least serve as a bad example.

      • Magister

        Sorry about my split infinitive above. That’s embarrassing.

  • Linda174

    People are not buying the “metaphor” spin.

    Read comments: bottom of page one. The gig is up.

    http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-hartford-perry-tweet-1122-20131121,0,2558067.story

    • Magister

      I can’t see the Courant comments. I’m glad nobody buys the “metaphor” defense. If I tell someone to go f*** himself, that is metaphorical, but still inappropriate and would subject me to serious disciplinary action at school.

    • Mary Gallucci

      School reform peeps who promote the Common Core with its emphasis on non-fiction and its disdain for literary artistry have no business talking “metaphor” and parsing the strange poetics of Steve Perry’s tweets.
      I go with my original gut reaction that Perry was serious, direct, and non-fictional.

      • Magister

        I’ll go with my original gut reaction that he’s an ***hole. That’s more of a synecdoche than a metaphor, though.

        • Mary Gallucci

          *SNAP*!

  • Concerned Parent
  • Former Hartford teacher

    What was the vote at the Board of Ed meeting? I know it was 5-3 but who ended up voting against the charter school giveaway, and who was in favor? The Courant doesn’t seem to think it’s important enough to print.

    • Mary Gallucci

      I would love to know who voted in favor!
      I have my suspicions, though.

  • Linda174

    Hartfordtruth? I see you’re surfing tonight and now you have moved on to harassing Ebony on The Answer Sheet, WP.

    Here’s your response to her first hand account of misery at CP:

    Hartord truth says: “Ebony, maybe you should have been more concerned about stuff like students taking pictures of themselves planking ON COMPUTERS and posting them online IN YOUR CLASS.”

    Read Ebony’s original comment and her response to Perry’s only supporter who may be Perry. Getting desperate?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/21/principal-gets-mad-and-tweets-strap-up-there-will-be-head-injuries/

  • Concerned Parent

    @ Hartford Truth…… I’m sorry but as a parent Ebony was correct to hold our students to a higher standard. No I do not want my child or children throwing the n word at school. And the Vice Principle stating “didn’t you grow up around black people” comment is the worse stereo type I have heard of. Sorry Mr B we don’t throw that word around in our “African American” home. Also if they were using it at school I would want them corrected. We are preparing our youth regardless of their color and socioeconomic background for college and the workforce!!!!

  • Linda174

    Posted on WNPR today:

    I met Steve Perry about six years ago at a teacher’s open house hiring event. I met with many principals that day and all were extremely friendly and welcoming. Fresh out of graduate school and with my hand extended to shake his, he proceeded to cut down my commitment to young people and to teaching. Even before I knew anything about him, I felt violated after my conversation with him. He asked me what my interests were beyond teaching. I said I’m a musician. He asked what I would do if a record company wanted to put me on tour and release my songs. I told him I had just completed an education degree and I was 41 years
    old, that my interests were not at all with music on that level. Plus,
    it was wholly unrealistic, as if I would suddenly just up and leave education. Then he became aggressive with me on the point. I simply smiled and walked away. Since then, whenever I mentioned his name to other Hartford teachers and administrators, they would give me a look of avoidance and change the subject. Beyond his misguided stance on education, Steve Perry is a punk and an uncivil blowhard.