As reported earlier today, Governor Malloy traveled to Washington D.C. today to speak to the ultra-right wing American Enterprise Institute. (see Wait, What? post: Malloy speaks to right-wing American Enterprise Institute in ongoing effort to alienate every teacher and public education advocate).
The purpose of his trip to D.C. was to brag about his Education Reform Initiative, the most anti-teacher, anti-union, anti-public education bill introduced by any Democratic governor in the United States.
The American Enterprise Institute introduced Malloy’s speech with the following:
“Since taking office in Connecticut in 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy (D-CT) has made K–12 school reform a centerpiece of his agenda, calling education “the civil rights issue of our time.” To date, the state has passed key legislation surrounding teacher accountability, charter schooling, and turning around underperforming schools. At the same time, Connecticut has one of the nation’s largest academic achievement gaps, and Governor Malloy has faced pushback from teachers unions on his efforts surrounding teacher evaluation.” – American Enterprise Institute 12/2/2013
Malloy who said teachers need only show up for four years to get tenure
Malloy who said he didn’t mind teaching to the test as long as the test scores went up
Malloy who dramatically expanded the amount of standardized testing
Malloy who pushed through an unfair and inappropriate teacher evaluation program linked to those standardized tests
Malloy who dramatically increased the amount of taxpayer funds diverted to charter schools and private companies.
In fact, when looking at Malloy’s record in support of the corporate education reform industry, the American Enterprise Institute was the perfect place for him to crow about his “successes.”
Who is the American Enterprise Institute?
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan called the American Enterprise Institute “one of the beachheads of the modern conservative movement.”
The Walton Foundation, one of the country’s three biggest funders of the corporate education reform industry is also a major funder of the American Enterprise Institute. The Walton Foundation has relied on the neoconservative group to back their education reform ideas and the Walmart Company itself. According to the New York Times, Wal-Mart “has discovered a reliable ally: prominent conservative research groups like the American Enterprise Institute…”
From 1985 through 2005, the American Enterprise Institute received more than $40 million from right-wing foundations.
In addition to their work on behalf of the Tobacco industry in which they sought to downplay the social costs associated with smoking, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has played a major role in the effort to deny Global Warming.
From 2006 to 2010, the American Institute received more than $1.7 million from fossil fuel interests including major funding from the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil. In return they’ve published numerous studies downplaying the effects of Global Warming
And when it comes to collective bargaining and the right of Americans to join unions, here are just a few headlines from recent American Enterprise Institute publications and speeches;
“Public Unions Must Go…Public unions have been a 50-year mistake.” – American Enterprise Institute 2/22/2011
“Break up the big… unions!” – American Enterprise Institute 10/19/2012
“Despite wins in last night’s elections, teachers unions are weakening” American Enterprise Institute 11/7/2012
The more you know, the more fitting it is that Governor Malloy went to the American Enterprise Institute to deliver his “education reform” message.