IMPORTANT UPDATE: As schools scramble to get children home safe, Steve Perry Tweets about Bacon Bowls

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  The initial version of this post was inaccurate.  Although Capital Prep is part of the Hartford School System it is not on the same academic schedule as Hartford’s other schools. My original comments were based on my impression that Capital Prep, like all Hartford Schools, were dealing with an early dismissal today.

I took Steve Perry to task for Tweeting instead of handling the early closing situation.  I stand corrected thanks to information provided by “HartfordTruth,” a reader who is or is close to Mr. Perry.  I was clearly in error since it turns out that Capital Prep was closed today and I apologize for providing inaccurate information.

That said, the underlying issue remains unchanged.

Perry’s constant use of his Twitter account on public time remains a serious breach of ethics and his approach to social media completely fails to meet the ethical standards required by a principal.

Although Capital Prep was not in session today, Steve Perry, as we know, spends an inordinate amount of time Tweeting and engaged in self promotion, even on days when school is in session.

Steve Perry is the principal of Capital Prep.  With the help of Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, and Hartford Superintendent of Schools, Christina Kishimoto, Perry is trying to get the Hartford Board of Education (and the state of Connecticut) to turn Capital Prep and one other school over to Perry’s private charter school management company.

But the truth is that the role of a school principal is probably the single most important administrative position in public education.  

Today’s weather-related closing situation is a prime example.  The administrative responsibility principals are significant.  This is especially true for principals at magnet schools that must deal with complex bus schedules that need to get children home to multiple communities and principals who oversee schools with younger children since they have a particularly fundamental, even legal, obligation to ensure that no young child goes home to an empty house.

This morning, principals throughout Connecticut were working with their staff to call parents to ensure “pick-ups” were made on time and someone would be home to meet younger children.  In my town it is not uncommon for the local principal to be waiting with a couple of students long after all the other children and staff has safety gotten home.

As parents, teachers and school administrators know, early closing days are busy days for Connecticut’s school principals

But if his social media record is any indication, Dr. Steve Perry is rarely so busy with his administrative duties that he doesn’t have time to engage in meaningless Tweeting or media interviews to promote himself and his private business activities.

As we now know, Capital Prep was not in session today so we don’t really know how Perry would have handled the problem, but Perry’s approach to serving as a principal is certainly very different from that of his colleagues.

Steve Perry may have been “off-duty” but at 9:34 am this morning Steve Perry was Tweeting, “The Perfect Bacon Bowl… Really!”

His Tweet was a reference to a national advertising campaign selling “The Perfect Bacon Bowl is the newest, tastiest way to cook bacon.”

Maybe Steve Perry was watching TV instead of  catching up on work.  It turns out the Perfect Bacon Bowl ad aired on Morning Joe just a few minutes before he tweeted about it.  Other national stations also aired the ad this morning according to an industry publication.

Or maybe he was surfing the web and found the ad on YouTube: http://youtu.be/5kjujVnwZEs

Of perhaps he was just yucking it up with staff or ordering himself some of the “As Seen On TV” bacon bowls for himself at: https://www.buyperfectbacon.com/default.aspx?utm_source=Google_Non_TM&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=CPD

We may never know why Steve Perry was Tweeting about bacon bowls, but he certainly wasn’t “away” on vacation.  In fact, a  bit later in the day he turned his attention to his work, Tweeting

  1. Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerry – “If you don’t like being told what to do, do it it before you’re told.”

    And then  Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerry “Hardest part of supervising is getting ppl to do what they’re supposed to do when & how they’re supposed to do it w/o getting an attitude.”

But as Steve Perry’s Twitter-feed reflects, once again, he can’t seem to refrain from the self-promotion.  When not Tweeting about Bacon Bowls or employees getting “an attitude”, he moved on to his never-ending self-promotion.  This time Tweeting,

“I’m on live w Angelo Henderson in Radio WCHB radio Detroit!”

It turns out Perry was doing PR for his January 25, 2014 speech at the MGM Grand Detroit Casino Hotel where he’ll be the luncheon speaker for Delta Sigma Theta. (PS Tickets are only $65 per person)

Of course, Steve Perry’s obsessive compulsive Twitter habits are hardly new…

When Steve Perry used his Twitter account to threaten his political opponents, Matt Poland, the Chairman of the Hartford Board of Education called for an investigation.  But no investigation or action was ever taken.

And when it became clear that Steve Perry had spent hundreds of hours Tweeting rather than working and thereby wasted tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds as he promoted himself and his businesses enterprises…all we heard from the Hartford Superintendent and the Hartford Board of Education was silence.

What will it take for the leadership in Hartford and the Malloy administration to hold Steve Perry accountable for his actions?

By now, any other public official or public employee would have been escorted to the door.

Running an 800 student school requires real leadership, running more than one school even more.

But Steve Perry spends hours and hours Tweeting about things like bacon bowls and his many interviews aimed at publicizing the private speeches that he will be giving in the weeks ahead.

It turns out that one of Steve Perry’s books is called “Man Up!”  He claims it is autobiographical in nature.

Watching his Twitter performance today leaves one with the distinct impression that if you wanted to buy the book you’d best start by looking for it in satire or comedy section of the bookstore.

  • hartfordtruth

    You really do not care about an illusion of truth, do you?

    Just tell me you did not know Capital Prep was not in school today,.,

    Accuse first, find the truth later.

    • Linda174

      All Hartford schools were closed today?

      • Concerned Parent

        No Capital Prep does not follow the other Hartford Public Schools schedule. They have 2 weeks off in December, a week off in March, the month of June off and a week off in August.

      • educationmatters

        They run 11 months but still have 8 weeks of vacation and holidays. So they really only add a few days to the calendar…remember…he is all about the illusion, not actual performance.

        • Linda174

          How many school days, full days, total would that be?

    • jonpelto

      okay hartford truth – i will correct the post….the issue is still relevant

    • Linda174

      Certainly he had work to do, no?

  • jschmidt2

    Who would have known he could be so efficient in his job he would have time to Tweet even when school was in session. What a guy!

    • hartfordtruth

      Again, I will restate “CAPITAL PREP WAS NOT IN SESSION TODAY”. What do they say about believing a fool?

      • jschmidt2

        Well if it was the only time he tweeted, you would be correct. However it appears he has a history of tweeting during session. A sign of a really busy leader?

      • Luv2Teach

        The PRINCIPAL is still supposed to be performing his duties, not doing PR for his private ventures during his work day.

      • Linda174

        He is the principal, yes? Doesn’t he have all those mid year teacher evaluation reports due soon? Or is that delegated? Is CP in session when he travels and speaks, about 20% of the school year so far?

      • jonpelto

        HartfordTruth, thank you for bringing my error to my attention. I have revised the post to reflect that fact that Capital Prep was not in session.

      • Concerned Parent

        Yes Hartford Truth people had made an error… Capital Prep is off until Tuesday. (Why isn’t Perry utilizing this time off for his paid public speaking engagements)??? Instead Steve Lying Perry tweets his life away on my child’s dime. He is never @ school I was kind of wondering how many days he is going to miss in the month of January on Hartford Public School’s dime???? .

      • MBC

        Hartfordtruth… Typical cheap shot…
        Believing a fool? Take a moment to compare Pelto’s blog with Perry’s tweets… It only takes a moment to realize you’re really comparing über with bacon bowls…

        • MsIvy

          Cheap shots. Pelto has been taking cheap shots from the time he started stalking Mr. Perry. He actually took time to research Bacon Bowl ads and when they aired but failed to find out if the school was closed before posting this ridiculous blog about Mr. Perry’s day. Now who’s the fraud?

        • Jonboy

          You.
          You purport to have a clue about teaching, learning, children, teachers, teacher unions, administrators and the like but it is oh so clear that you only “know” what you have been fed by the mainstream media, which, news flash!, is owned by and controlled by the big boys who are attempting to “reform” America’s schools into a cast cow for themselves. I would suggest that you read up on current events in our schools as reported by the people who live them, ie the teachers, administrators, parents, and children, and you might gain a view different from the one being spun by the folks with the get rich agenda. I assure you, the people who have foresaken fame and to children improve the lives of children are far less sinister than those who see them as another commodity for their portfolio. And once you have seen the light, you will share our disdain for Mr. Perry, who, quite simply, is a fraud masquerading as a civil servant for his own benefit.

        • MsIvy

          Listen, you guys can continue your witch hunt of Mr. Perry but I am really not interested. Again, not here to be ProPerty although I agree with many of his views. I don’t believe all the garbage reported by mainstream media, but I also don’t believe all the rhetoric of grassroots reporting either. News flash! It’s also biased and we just happen to be on opposing ends (probably not as much as you think). I am not an educator currently and I am naive to some of the stuff happening. But I am not ignorant to the fact that if you take Mr. Perry out of the district all of the other issues will disappear. I don’t have to be an educator to know that there are some sorry teachers employed in this district, a lack of resources, funding, etc. I can look at the many families who have run for the borders of the subburbs to find a better school system. I have been repeating where is the anger about all of the other foolishness like misinformed parents, keeping adults employed who don’t deserve it, kids who cant read, a shrinking tax base, etc. Why are we talking about this man’s morning tweets instead of talking about the kids. That’s where I started and where I will end my comments. This is obviously a Mr. Perry bashing crowd and not a group looking to help Hartford kids. Smh.

        • Jonboy

          True Mr. Perry is not the only issue your embattled city faces. There are many complicated, intertwined matters at work in the schools of Hartford that lead to your image of Hartfords’s schools and teachers.
          Poverty causes malnutrition, poor pediatric medical care, and frequent residential changes, and these lead to what Harvard researches have dubbed toxic stress which impairs cognitive development in a large portion of urban student populations. Single parent households are less able to properly stimulate and nuture infants via early exposure to language and books that later translates to vital literacy skills. Low income families are far more likely to change residences due to economic instability, which causes discontinuity in student learning, as well as preventing students from forming and maintaining vital bonds with adult educators. Connecticut’s governors have a decades long record of chronically, and illegally, underfunding it’s poorest school systems districts, thus these schools must make do with: old or lacking books and materials; a revolving door of demoralized teachers and administrators who, despite their original noble intentions of serving the poor, simply need higher salaries to support their families. Is it little wonder that those teachers who last a decade in such schools, and thus find themselves too far up the salary scale to be hired in another district, find themselves beaten down and less affective than is optimal?

          Is the answer to: label these schools, and in so doing the children who attend them, ‘failures’ for all the world to see? Strip away funding and give it to charter schools? Fire all the teachers and replace them with starry eyed noneducation major college grads with just 5 weeks of teacher training? Swallow shoddily crafted national standards hook line and sinker because Washington reformers ‘promise’ they will save the kids? Hand over the keys to profit driven corporate entities who claim they just want to help the kids and the city?

          As I said, it’s complicated. This is just a glimpse into some of the effects poverty has on Hartfords schools. There is far more to the story, and the truth lies somewhere between what the mainstream media and what you call the ‘grassroots’ groups make public.

        • MsIvy

          Well stated. Maybe you should be writing the blog. It was much more passionate, eloquent and factual than most of what Mr. Pelto has written. I am not opposed to privatization. The current public system is not working. I don’t get what everyone is afraid of. People may lose their jobs and others may profit. At the end of the day, if kids win, don’t we all win? We need new solutions, not the status quo with bureaucracy. Maybe I’m one of those starry eyed folks looking in with some form of optimism when thinking about change. A lot of people on here are enjoying the negative, stalker, biased reporting about Mr. Perry and his bacon bowl. Weird.

        • R.L.

          Spoken like a true “reformer”.

        • Mary Gallucci

          You have no idea what this blog is about. It is not a “witch hunt” against Steven Perry, although his actions are antithetical to what I would regard as pedagogically sound.

        • jonboy

          Ms Ivy,
          I appreciate that you took notice of the passion I feel for our public schools and the children within them. I would like to share some thoughts on privatization and other related issues with you. First of all, education in the USA is STRICTLY a state and local issue, thus any Federal advocacy in favor of national standards or privatizing schools is ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL. Long ago our founding fathers realized the importance of local control of education to our democracy, but, sadly Presidents Reagan, Bush 1, Bush 2, Clinton, and Obama have turned an ever more blind eye to this. But what about the new Common Core State Standards you ask? Aren’t they a Federal initiative? Technically, no- they were not developed by the states, nor were they created by Federal agencies, because that would be illegal. Working in collaboration with The White House and corporate titans like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, the Walton Family and many others, a number of non-government agencies developed the CCSS based on what the corporate people stated were the basic skills our high school graduates need in order to attend college and/or work for these corporate entities upon graduating high school. Once the Standards were formed, actually, before, but that is another story, President Obama announced that states that wished to receive Federal ‘Race To The Top’ funds had to adopt ‘college and career’ readiness standards. There being none other than CCSS, most states pounced on the Standards to get the much needed Federal dollars. In most cases the only 2 people from each state to even know that the Standards were being adopted were the governor and the head of the state board of education; not the state legislatures, not the voters, just the 2 mentioned. So now CCSS are here, and the fur is flying in states where they went into effect earliest. Parents see them hurting their kids’ emotionally. Parents feel alienated by ‘new’ methods that prevent them from helping their children with homework. Teachers see they are not developmentally appropriate in many cases. Education experts are appalled that neither experts in early childhood development nor classroom teachers were included in crafting the Standards, although a very small number were asked to evaluate and validate them after the fact. Liberals are bent out of shape that a Democratic White House is behind such a quasi legal foray into what is a states’ rights issue. Right wing types are finding language in the Standards that they believe is evidence of a liberal agenda in what our children are being taught under CCSS. So who is in favor of these standards? The corporate backers who stand to reap colossal profits from from the standardization, ie homogenization, of America’s schools. They envision districts purchasing all new text books and materials, as well as standardized tests and the computer hardware to run the online tests. They foresee computerized instruction with children attached to computers that monitor their blood pressure, facial expressions, and other biometrics that will be uploaded to huge cloud based ‘longitudinal data bases’ that will track students from kindergarten to career. So what does this have to do with privatization you ask? Once CCSS have been allowed to demoralize our children, teachers, and communities, then America’s perception of its public educational system will reach absolute rock bottom. Voila, the table is set to open the floodgates of tax payer funds into private educational organizations that will race in to ‘save’ America. Cha-ching- Mission accomplished by the corporate backers of CCSS. But, won’t private schools inevitably do a better job than our public schools? No one knows, but… who will get to attend the best schools? Who will teach the lower ability students, or those in poor communities with little money to ‘buy’ education? How will private schools be funded? How will they be held accountable for the quality of education they deilver? Will they educate all kids, or just the best and brightest? How will they handle discipline issues? How will they handle special education students as mandated by law? As a whole, how will their fiduciary responsibility to turn a profit for their investors translate into delivery of a quality education for every American child? Can they actually educate ‘the whole child’ with rich curriculum that includes the arts, independent studies, authentic education, outdoor education, and the humanities, in addition to the core English language arts, math, science, and social studies as our public schools attempt to? Or, will they simply train our lower and middle class students to be worker bees for corporate America? While the notion that privatizing our schools MUST be an improvement over what we have now, there is simply too much at stake to tear down a 200+ year old institution and hand the keys to those who see our children as a financial investment, and not as living, dreaming, aspiring humans. And given that when international standardized test scores are adjusted for the deleterious effects of poverty, America’s schools are right up there with the best in the world, is such radical, whole sale reform really needed? Could’t we just address poverty’s effects on our poor children, instead of offering up all of our children to corporate interests?

        • Concerned Parent

          Mslvy I got it you must be one of the out of town reformers that was posting on Perry’s twitter who acted like a parent from “Hartford”. Mendell G is that you?? I noticed Perry has alot of his $$$ “privatization” peeps acting as parents and posting. It seems they have made their way to this blog.

        • Disgusted parent

          Bacon Bowls…what a clown!

      • Mary Gallucci

        does this mean that all the days when school was in session and Steve Perry was out of town on a speaking engagement, or tweeting during the work day, were inappropriate? Because you can’t have it both ways, Hartfordtruth–you can’t call Jonathan on the carpet about blaming Perry for tweetng at work when it was a vacation day (for students, at least), but then, when it is a work day, you still defend Perry’s numerous absences.

    • Disgusted parent

      According to my child he is on the phone as well as the VP all day. I have been to sporting events and witnessed his obsession with his phone first hand.

  • educationmatters

    CP is in winter break. Students return next Tuesday. Administration staff is expected to be at the school working on issues, paperwork and things that cannot be done during a regular day. However:
    1) he is taking vacation (again) when he should be running a school to be in another city and another state doing self promotion for an event that is on a Saturday. This is becoming a broken record – he won’t be in school on the 24th, 2) he is not here if something happens to the building (leak, roof collapse, injury) which, as leader, cannot be delegated to someone else
    3) he’s twittering about bacon bowls. Which is about his level S he’s demonstrated emotionally he’s about 12.

    • WEP55

      He’s away from Hartford on work days AGAIN???
      The district calendar shows schools in session today…if his school is year round, why does c-prep have the full 2 weeks plus one day off when other schools have a shorter break and went back today, with early dismissal due to weather?

      • Concerned Parent

        They have 2 weeks off in December, a week in march, all of June off and a week in august off

        • WEP55

          So when they say it’s a year round school, it’s not really…kind of an extended year. Still attractive to parents who need some place for their kids more days per year. That alone would increase applications among working families.

        • Concerned Parent

          Perry does a good job show boating his fabricated “truths” about his school. The people of Connecticut have his number though.

        • 2 days?

          Capital has two extra days off from vacation this winter. TWO. 1,2. That’s not a lot of extra days of vacation for 30 extra school days.

  • Jonboy

    Would someone please follow his Twitter feed, catalogue the dates and times of Mr. Perry’s posts, correlate them to his work calendar, and then make the data known to his employer, the parents of CP’s students, and the press? Does anyone know if his employer provides the phone?

    Even though his employer, HPS, would likely do nothing about it, the parents he is scamming might string him up. If not Wendy L. At Stamford Advocate could inflict some injuries.

  • jonpelto

    As I noted in the updated post, I was mistaken about Capital Prep being in session. Thanks to HartfordTruth and others I have revised the post. I apologize for providing inaccurate information and have tried to update the post to reflect the situation. Thank you HartfordTruth and others for ensuring that we are trying to provide readers with accurate information. While the underlying issue remains the same readers deserve information that is correct.

  • cindy

    Admirably, JP profusely apologizes for his erroneous post.

    Has SP ever apologized for anything offensive? Has he ever accepted an error, and genuinely apologized for wrongdoing?

  • MsIvy

    This post and blog is ridiculous. You seem a bit obsessed with Mr. Perry and his dealings. Why do care what he’s tweeting on his day off. You are reaching for straws and have obviously taken it to the point of misrepresentation. You rarely mention anything about the kids and their performance. All stuff about adults. I wish you would take some of the principals who are “leading” failing schools to task instead of focusing on a single man and his breakfast. Why aren’t you outraged about all of the children being failed throughout Hartford. Look around and you’ll find plenty of material for your desperate blog. Focus on the kids and how they are performing and question what’s really going wrong. Focusing on a man talking about his breakfast on his day off is silly.

    • Linda174

      When you say performing do you mean test scores?

      • MsIvy

        Yes. Totally included. I also mean graduation rates, college attendance, reading assessments, etc. Unless you have another indicator of student success to consider. Those are some of the important success indicators we use today. And this is not going to turn into a discussion about test scores. My point was that Mr. Pelto could broaden his target to a few other people and leave the underhanded silly comments out. We should be more outraged by the many schools with children who cant read, who don’t show up to school, who don’t graduate, etc. Talking about Mr. Perry’s breakfast, twitter account, his wife, etc is solving what? Nothing.

        • Linda174

          Actually it’s much more than that. The guys a fraud. He can only boost himself by bringing teachers down. He’s a poor excuse for a principal, a man and a human. Disagree, sorry.

        • cindy

          Agreed. SP is really despicable in his contempt for teachers, and we probably just don’t witness how he treats students, but I would guess his ego and arrogance get the better of him; he earns no respect.

          Yes to Mslvy, it is all a systemic problem. But these cities are now about survival of the fittest; build charters and fill them with kids, get rid of the non-performers so the kids there can perform well on tests.

          At the end of the day, performing well on the test has become the agreed-upon indicator, and does not reflect a quality, thoughtful, enlightening education….but with SBAC, that perception of a good indicator may grind to a halt very soon.

        • cindy

          “We should be more outraged by the many schools with children who cant read, who don’t show up to school, who don’t graduate, etc”

          True! These are the problems, and Mr. Perry is the corporate-driven solution that is a lie. The kids who can’t read need help before coming to school, they need care to get them ready to learn once they are there, they need reading instruction – even if they show up in 4th grade and the test/standards say they should read already – that is the problem. These “reforms” continue to line Mr. Perry’s pockets, and all along, we know what the real problems are. Many teachers have had their ability to do what needs to be done taken away – for years – through the excessive focus on “accountability” as measured by a standardized test.

        • MsIvy

          Again, blame the system that allows kids to be passed along without learning, or systemic poverty that forces some to neglect their children’s need for early learning. Blame the system that takes autonomy away from teachers and schools that will allow good teachers creative out of the box tactics to help kids learn. Why aren’t people outraged and blogging about any of that? And test scores are not the only indicator of success, but I guarantee you that if test scores were positive, everyone would be saying how great the schools are. Why is it that people only question the worthiness of test scores in failing schools. Does anyone question or say that testing in suburban, high performing schools doesn’t indicate success? No. Everyone accepts these as measures that those schools are performing well. And we should be glad that corporations are stepping up to fill funding gaps in a city lacking funding sources. With such a small tax base and dependence on the state , corporations have stepped in to help. Of course, corporations are self motivated in trying to create future customers, shareholders and employees. But also know that these are the same corporations reaching out to educate people so they can remain in this city by employing educated people providing jobs and a broadened tax base.

        • R.L.

          “corporations have stepped in to help.” You’re either very naive or have an agenda. The way you selectively focus your responses makes me believe it’s the latter.

        • MsIvy

          Actually prob a mix of both. Naive to the fact that we are focused on one person who didn’t fail ALL of the children in Hartford. And I do have an agenda. To make sure my child can get the best education in this city and hopefully become gainfully employed in it (maybe by one of those corporations).

        • educationmatters

          Did you know that Sand school just a few years ago was turning in high testing scores and it’s principal was an award winning professional? The board of education shafted him because if his success told him to slow down because he was making other principals look bad, and eventually cut all support and he left. Hartford bleeds talented people and promote the incompetent. Perry is as much a symbol of all that is wrong in Hartford as he is a problem.

    • educationmatters

      1) not his day off
      2) the kids perform below average on testing. And that’s after special education and ESL students are counseled out. Students are being emotionally and physically abused in his care.

      By some markers his school is an underperforming school that oh survives through deception and elimination of underperforming students from the school.
      So he’s a fraud, perpetrating a fraud, and it’s amazing that no one seems to be reacting.

      Is that enough focus on the children for you?

      • MsIvy

        If what you say is true then we should be outraged indeed. However, Mr. Pelto’s blog seems more like a scorned jilted lover or a bounty hunt rather than someone seriously trying to contribute some solutions. Mr. Perry is only one man. This is systemic and deeply rooted in society. Take Mr. Perry off the pay roll then what? Listen, I don’t know about this abuse you allege but I do know this. These kids don’t need more coddling; they do need discipline and someone telling them they can do it. Some may need that kick in the butt they’re not getting at home. Nuns cracked knuckles back in the day. Not condoning it, but people aren’t running out to shut down Catholic schools. All this to say I wish Mr. Pelto would broaden his target and stop being so obsessed with Mr. Perry. Its getting boring.

        • Linda174

          Dig deeper on your own then because you’re buying into his tough guy, union hatred, teacher bashing rhetoric which sells to the unsuspecting public.

          There are many issues beyond the few you mention. You can send your kids there. I wouldn’t send my dog.

        • dogs?

          Linda, you couldn’t send your dog to Capital. School’s are for people! Maybe you went to one of the failing schools in Hartford?

        • Linda174

          I’m sorry you were unable to comprehend.

        • educationmatters

          Why are children allowed to post? Where are your parents?

        • MsIvy

          Yes. I do buy in to someone opposing a system that is not working. I agree the unions need reform and that adults not helping kids in the classroom shouldn’t keep their jobs. Yes. I agree with raising funds to help kids go to college. I didn’t follow up on Mr. Pelto’s Blog about the so called unethical fund, but did you know the scholarship funds went through the city? Did you talk to any of the recipients to find out how that made a difference in their ability to attend college? Why didn’t Mr. Pelto think of the negative effects his article could have on those kids if the scholarship is ended. I don’t condone abuse at all and that shouldn’t be tolerated. As far as opinions about the unions, ineffective teaching, etc. some times you have to buck the system and color outside the lines to get results. And why do people care how much money he would make. We pay athletes, corporate executives and politicians to do far less. Makes no sense to me. Maybe if teachers/principals were making more and operating with less bureaucracy we could attract better talent to the profession.

        • Linda174

          Teachers don’t give teachers due process rights. The dead wood at the bottom is their due to the dead wood at the top. Clean house top down and then you will see changes. Perry is the stink flowing down. Good to great teachers run from this shyster.
          You have it backwards.

        • Concerned Parent

          The discipline tactics @ Capital Prep wouldn’t be permitted in a suburban school to pre-k children. Sorry Perry is never @ the school to tell them they can do it or give them a high five. Matter of fact he doesn’t even know my name nor my children names who attend & I am a highly involved parent…………..

        • really concerned?

          or you think you are …

        • educationmatters

          Having worked with inner city children for 25 years I can say definitively – they get their butts kicked and knuckles cracked enough outside school. They really need people who show them love and support which is what they are lacking. That’s one major difference between urban and suburban communities- success comes from support not humiliation and pain.

        • Concerned Parent

          Great Teachers empathize with kids, respect them and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.

        • Speaking Up

          What I am saying is true; I have experienced outrage, frustration, and, unfortunately, resignation with the situation at Capital Prep. Reading this blog has brought me back to outrage and I hope that it will do the same for others who are not aware of what is happening at this school.

          Capital Prep was in violation of state and federal regulations requiring that all schools have a bullying policy and when I reported this issue (in 2011) to, first, the school and next, Hartford Public Schools & Board of Ed and, finally, the state Dep’t of Ed, nothing was done. When I realized that nothing was going to be done, I removed my child from the situation (in the middle of the school year) and continued to call attention to the bullying issue (along with other issues) in the hopes of preventing these issues from affecting other children and their families. Still, nothing was done. At the time I was completely unable to understand how/why nothing was being done in the face of clear statutory violations.

          I still do not understand, but this blog has given me more information. This blog has let me know that other children were harmed by the bullying climate at Capital Prep AFTER I attempted to find a way to remedy this situation. This blog has let me know that the school climate includes bullying behaviors BY faculty and staff and that this behavior is also directed AT faculty and staff who are not “good fits” with the climate at this school (my child was bullied by other students and the behavior was condoned by faculty, staff and administrators). I am outraged and I am not interested in finding out how many more harmed children (and others) it will take before “someone” takes action.

          Far from being “coddled;” my child was taunted, belittled, teased and terrorized by students at Capital Prep. My child is a special ed student who also was beginning to question issues of “self” including racial identity and body image while enrolled at Capital Prep. My child learned, as a 6 year-old student at Capital Prep, that all of these issues are reasons for others to not value (like) my child, and my child learned that the adult in charge of Capital Prep did not value my child, either.

          I transferred my child to Capital Prep from a suburban school where this bullying behavior would never have occurred because this school’s climate simply does not tolerate it. Incidents do occur, of course, but they are handled swiftly and surely and all parties are made to understand that bullying is NOT acceptable in (or in conjunction with) this suburban school. I made the transfer because I bought the lie(s) about what Dr. Steve Perry and Capital Prep were going to do for students in Hartford. I was there for a very short time before the lies became clear. The school did NOT have a rigorous curriculum when my child was in attendance, and I do not see evidence that this has changed in any way. The school did not appear to be even close to compliance with Sheff #’s, despite paper documents stating that they were. The “100% college” for graduates is not a lie – exactly. It is dishonest, though, in that students who are not “a good fit” for the school are counseled, advised, or otherwise-led out of the school prior to the graduation date. The number of graduating seniors each year is a small fraction of the number of freshman enrolled 4 years prior.

          In other words, students at Capital Prep are not valued as individuals and they certainly are not valued as young, vulnerable individuals who need to be led and guided to being the absolute best that each of them can be. Students at Capital Prep are valued as fodder for Dr. Steve Perry’s, Hartford’s and Connecticut’s Charter School agenda. Students who do not provide the school with “good” numbers (in academics or sports) do not further this agenda, and they are dropped… to go where? Exactly how is this disrespect/disregard for struggling (or average) students a positive solution for Hartford Public School students and their families?

          I have not seen any serious solutions being contributed by this principal, school, city or state. I have seen questionable financial practices, callous disregard for young people who “don’t fit” with the agenda, and manipulated numbers of graduates and diverse (Sheff) students. I have not seen improved test scores (even for the “good fits” who remain in the school) and I have not seen any answers (or even responses) to questions brought by parents, teachers and others who are concerned.

          I agree. Let’s broaden the target. Let’s find out why parents’, teachers’ and others’ complaints have not been responded to. Let’s find out why reports of statutory violations were ignored. Let’s address and investigate the deeply-rooted, systemic failure of public education in our state. Let’s speak up, take action and see what we can do.

        • MsIvy

          Thank you for posting this. I am truly sorry for what has happened to your child. That is outrageous and you should continue to fight (without bullying) of course for your child. I am not here to be a Mr. Perry fan. I just think the messages of the true, broader issues get muddled in some of the superficial reporting. We don’t all have to agree on ed policies, but at least we can do is support our positions with truth and care as you have done. I know that some of the reports by Mr. Pelto were incorrect and false and reaching for a good story. That seems just as opportunistic as the “corpucators” others have spoken about. Again, keep fighting for your child and I wish you the best (parent to parent).

        • edreality

          Ivy, take into consideration who is writing… do you really think if Capital was in violation of “state and federal” regulations you would not have heard about it?

          If Pelto was serious about his blog, would he research more about a commercial or about the main topic of his essay (Capital Prep being in school when it was not)?

          This blog is one Zimmerman would be proud of. Act first, figure the facts later.

        • jonpelto

          edreality, you’ve raised an important issue that I will follow up on. Perry’s contract is for 12 months a year which is why he has the significant number of vacation days. I have submitted an FOI request, but do you know if Perry was working yesterday or did he take a vacation day. If he was working, then my post is quite relevant, if he was taking a vacation day then he was on his “own time” and the issue isn’t whether he was wasting tax dollars but violating Hartford Board policy on internet use. We;ll know one way or another on Monday but did Perry use a vacation day yesterday and today or did he “work” today and yesterday and save those vacation days for another time. I’m actually very serious. It is a relevant question and you seem to suggest that he used up a vacation day yesterday. It is easy enough to check but you can save readers the wait if you just tell us. Did Perry (or you) work yesterday or not?

        • realityed

          Blog Zimmerman,

          You suggested a principal put kids at danger by not caring about dismissal procedures. That was what your essay was about… This makes your whole argument flawed.

          Due to your lack of knowledge about how CP runs (which seems to be a common characteristic of this blog), you wrongfully attacked the integrity of someone.

          This blog is based on such guesswork and illusion of scandal.

        • educationmatters

          Perry. No doubt about it now. He referred to you that way in a meeting. He flips out every time you post. You see Mr. Perry, the problem with ruling by fear is that people will lie to your face to avoid wrath while plotting your downfall behind your back. As your boat gets leakier, even the rats will look for ways out.

        • realityed

          Um, no. Try again. You guys are really bad at guessing. Too bad your identity is not that questionable.

        • jonpelto

          Blog Zimmerman? Who is Zimmerman?

          And if it is not the principal who is responsible for the operation who is

        • Disgusted parent

          If its getting boring stop reading and commenting. I am another concerned parent and find it disgraceful the goings on inside the school. VP affair with employee resulting in child together all while married. Two teachers having a passionate affair on the clock and via work emails while spouse works there. My child being included in discussions on both issues with different teachers as well as my child and I having read the emails which were circulated by the students.The most dysfunctional antics are going on over there and its time the truth be exposed.

    • Concerned Parent

      Hello??? Obsessed? Steve Perry was trying to replicate the Capital Prep Model @ a current failing school in Hartford. (He incorporated a non profit agency under a Hartford Public School address and did not have a board and under this “shady” deal he would have made “Four” times the amount of his $100,000 salary. The problem is Capital Prep’s model is not conducive to serve the current population @ Sands school which has a high influx of SPED and ELL students. Also Capital Prep’s claim to fame was that 100% of their seniors go on to a 4 year college. However Perry fails to articulate the stats correctly. There is a high attrition rate @ Capital Prep, meaning the same students that start in ninth grade do make it to twelfth grade, a high teacher turn over rate every quarter, unethical administration of fundraising funds, developmentally inappropriate discipline practices for elementary school age children. As a parent @ Capital Prep I applaud his blog for exposing Dr Steve Perry because current and former parents of Capital Prep, teachers and concerned citizens have been complaining to the Hartford Board of Education and have not had any results.

      • concerned

        Most of the ‘facts” you stated are incorrect. Good to know you are just re-hashing what others have said on the blog. Because this entry of Pelto’s demonstrates, everything stated on here is questionable.

        • Concerned Parent

          Sorry Concerned my child attends Capital Prep and the STATS are CORRECT and my children along w/ others children @ Capital Prep have experienced developmentally inappropriate discipline practices for our elementary school age children, there are many grievances on file @ the Hartford Board of Education!! For up to date attrition stats looks on CT Dept of Ed. Fundraising $$$ parents are unsure what those $$$ are going towards.Not to mention every year there is a high teacher turn over rate and this happens mid year so my children have a non credentialed sub.

        • educationmatters

          Starting 5 different accounts to respond doesn’t make it look like you are a group, just like a child unable to participate in a grow.n up conversation.

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    The fact remains that 99% of public school employees must adhere to a raft of rules and mandates aimed at inner city public schools by legislators from Darien, Westport, West Hartford, Wilton, Madison, and all the other towns where the pink pants and whale belts reign. Inner city public school employees must adhere to these rules and standards or they lose their jobs. They try and they try and they try despite poor facilities, lack of funds, kids with many challenges, parents who do not speak English, and parents who may not even exist. Parents who want to support their kids but cannot. One cabal of public education somehow has gotten a “get out of Jail free” card and ignores these laws because they know their “leaders” have a different agenda then educating their inner city masses. They must please the deep pocket contributors who want to get their greasy hands on public funds to sell their junk (Gates, Pearson…..). Who is in the Cabal? Perry, Segura, Finch, Malloy, Pryor, Vallas, Adamowski, Kishimoto, Poland (the Holy Moly of Hartford), Achievement First, Morgan Barf, Jumoke.

    How many Hartford administrators are going to be receiving poor reviews while Perry lines his pockets with speaker fees while on the Hartford BOE payroll. And all the Kishmeister wants to do is like the white rabbit said: “Feed his head”.

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    Now I thought Perry was a total scam artist boob, but then I saw the Bacon Bowl ad and I got all hot and bothered. What a great alternative to Malloy’s healthy school diet program. We get rid of hamburgers made out of meat and no mas to french fries and now the children can get Bacon Bowls at CP and Lipitor at age 20. Stevie Wonder…..you are a wonder!

  • Concerned Parent

    It’s quite apparent who MsIvy is…. Next…..

    • MsIvy

      Really? Who am I. You have NO idea. I will tell you that I live and work in this city. And I am a concerned parent. Are you? If your name represents who you are you would be focused on the issues rather than hunting down Mr. Perry. I am not here to be a die hard Perry supporter. I am just sick of so called journalists focusing on the wrong issues or using haphazard reporting. You should be too. There is work to be done throughout this city and this witch hunt is a distraction.

      • Concerned Parent

        Really…. Witch hunt.. it is apparent your child doesnt attend this school because if they did you wouldn’t except this behavior from a principal of your child’s school nor potentially from this man trying to make money off of our children;s backs in other Hartford public schools that he is trying to privatize!!

        • MsIvy

          No. My child does not attend Capital Prep. But isn’t this a city of choice? Why don’t you take your child out of that school and move on. Probably (to my other points) because don’t have many options in this city that would give you half of the resources found at CP. There must be some part of you that buys in to the school. I will not speak on how Mr. Perry runs the school. I care about the alleged abuse, but I don’t care about his tweets, his speaking, etc. Obviously he has built a management team he is comfortable with leaving while he is away. That’s what good leaders do. I couldn’t tell you my principals name and I turned out just fine because of good teachers in a good system. I digress. I keep going back to the fact that this all seems to be about one man rather than focusing on ALL of the failing children. Oh and about that other school, parents chose to keep their kids in a failing school another year rather than try a new model with a somewhat proven track record (saying somewhat because maybe some of the stats are inflated). All because they don’t like the man or because he would make money to do one of the hardest jobs on the planet. Makes NO sense to me.

        • Concerned Parent

          No I am not taking my child out of that school, Funny you are really sounding like the VP @ Capital Prep right now!! When I and other parents complained about SPED services and lack there of @ Capital Prep the VP told us our children weren’t being forced to stay @ this school and we could leave. And my friend if your children don’t attend Capital Prep how would you know about resources @ this school?? Because CP is lacking in this area, Also I have spoken to Sands parents and Sands parents not wanting Sands privatized into a Capital Prep model was not about not liking Perry. Look @ the demographics of Capital Prep compared to Sands night and day difference. Capital Prep does not have a strong suite in special education services; last year they only had one SPED teacher for 6th through 12th grade and Capital Prep has numerous law suites going on because Special Ed services were not being

        • MsIvy

          Listen, I get it. You have a vested interest and are obviously a caring parent. I am not knocking you for that at all. I hope things work out for your child. I sincerely do (patent to parent). I have disdain for the style of reporting here and wish that it would focus more on the issues at large, be less narrowly focused on Mr. Perry, and be accurate.

        • educationmatters

          Why issues would you like to see mr. Pelto focus on? You may not be aware, but his blog is an eduction blog and he was instrumental in the recent Bridgeport debacle that resulted in the people of Bridgeport keeping an elected board of education and getting rid of an unqualified, incompetent superintendent. Mr. Pelto is careful about the topics he chooses and they all have the same theme: injustice, cronyism, harm to children, ineffective education, profit over people. So while you may think that CP is beneath Mr. Pelto, it is in fact exactly his interest and he will probably go on ringing the bell until someone starts paying attention in. Hartford. And – if you’ll notice – of all the topics he writes about Perry attracts the most comments (hundreds). What would you like him to focus his attention on?

        • Concerned Parent

          “What Do School Reform Technocrats & Failed Urban Renewal Schemes Have in Common?” http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/01/01/from-the-archives-what-do-school-reform-technocrats-and-failed-urban-renewal-schemes-have-in-common/ … … pic.twitter.com/BIDBhxLIwC

      • Concerned Parent

        P.S I am also a parent from Capital Prep and live in the Heart Beat too

      • Concerned Parent

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  • Linda174

    Read article and comments here, even reporters can’t figure out the edubabble and bull