A look at Steve Perry’s record of absenteeism and use of social media to bully others

On Tuesday January 21, 2014 the Hartford Board of Education will hold a special executive session to discuss Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry.  The public has the opportunity to address the Hartford Board of Education starting at 5:30 pm.  The meeting is taking place at the Journalism and Media Magnet Academy located at 150 Tower Avenue in Hartford. 

Since the discussion about Perry will be held behind closed doors and in Executive Session it isn’t clear what topics will be discussed.

In addition to charges of excessive student disciplinary policies that border on child abuse, widespread bullying of students and teachers, violating federal and state law by failing to provide students with mandated special education services and doctoring official documents to make it appear that the school qualifies for additional funds under the Sheff agreement, Perry’s excessive absenteeism and obsessive use of Twitter during the school day may also come up.

Dealing with excessive absenteeism in Connecticut schools has been a top priority for the Hartford Board of Education and the State Department of Education.

In an effort to address the problem of truancy, the State Department of Education and State Board of Education have defined excessive absenteeism as missing at 20% of school days, for any reason.

As 2013 came to an end, Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry had missed about 30 of 127 school days since the 2013-2014 Capital Prep school year had begun.  That comes to nearly 24 percent of all school days.

Instead of being on duty, as required, Perry was usually gallivanting across the country making money thanks to his public speaking business.

When Steve Perry was at work, he spent an inordinate amount of time doing media interviews to promote that public speaking business or obsessively using his Tweeter account.

Over the last few months he has conducted dozens of media interviews, many during school hours.

In addition, since he created his Tweeter account, Steve Perry has sent out more than 33,958 Tweets.  Many of these were sent during school hours.

Even the most conservative estimate is that Perry has spent about 150 hours Tweeting while he was being paid by the taxpayers of Hartford and Connecticut.  At his six-figure salary level that means taxpayers have paid Perry well in excess of $10,000 for the time he spent Tweeting.

Making matters even worse, in many cases those Tweets were abusive, insulting and in violation of Hartford School Board policies.  The most extreme example being  his infamous Tweet on Thursday morning, November 21, 2013.

Still angry that his plan to transfer two Hartford schools to a private company that he had created had been rejected by the Hartford Board of Education, while students and teachers were working, Perry Tweeted;

Dr. Steve Perry‏@DrStevePerry

“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.”

Whether the term “strap up” does or doesn’t refer the practice of carrying a concealed weapon, the phrase, “there will be head injuries” would be enough to get any public school student suspended or a teacher fired.

But while Matt Poland, the chairman of the Hartford Board of Education demanded an investigation into Perry’s potentially illegal action, no investigation was apparently conducted and Perry went right back to his Tweeting frenzy.

Over the months, Perry’s tweets often focused on his hatred of unions and public school advocates.

He has called public education advocate Diane Ravitch a racist on dozens of occasions and has made similar statements about AFT President Randi Weingarten and other teacher union officials.

In addition to calling teachers roaches and bullying his own staff, some of his more bizarre Tweets include,

  • “How can your job be hard? You work with kids all day! If it’s so hard, quit!”
  • We have these conversations in closed spaces because teachers will start trying to make you feel bad for them.”
  • “Our traditional schools over-feminized…”
  • “When you go to charters you get ppl who care about you, you get the complete opposite in public schools.”
  • America has a long & ugly history of groups like the teachers’ unions fighting to keep minority kids from getting out of failed schools.
  • The teachers union is power-thirsty.
  • Want to stop truancy? … tell your teachers to get to work.
  • All DUE PROCESS means is that you need documentation for your decision. You don’t have to justify your documentation to the union.”
  • “Everyone knows that ineffective educators fall in the union shield to protect them from accountability. When you’re good you’re “protected.”
  • “Their playbook is the same. They don’t do their job & they get written up for it. They claim admins CAN’T write them up. “It’s harassment.”
  • “The strategy to keep ineffective educators is simple. Stall, claim harassment, file a CHRO or ADA complaint & more accusations. Same ol same.”
  •  “Most admins believe they answer to the union. WRONG. You work for the kids & the board. They’re the ONLY ppl to whom you have to answer.”
  • “The harassment strategy is usually their go to. The other is that you’re “bullying” them. It’s not either it’s called supervision.”
  • “Too many admins don’t want to be the bad guy so they capitulate to these silly claims. Focus on the kids & desperate adults won’t matter.”
  • “Protecting ineffective educators IS human rights issue, it’s just that the humans being wronged are the kids & families not the ineffective.”
  • “Every time a union supports an ineffective educator they hurt kids, education, teaching, our community & their credibility.”

And then there was the day that in a wild and bizarre burst of tweets, Perry hurled the following insults over the course of an hour or so…

  • “Be the person worth talking about not the clown talking about other ppl.”
  • “If your greatest contribution is the criticism of others, your life is w/o value and you will deep the poison fruit you’ve sewn.”
  • “The only person who has to get you is you. You’ve got to like you the most. If you dig you, who gives a damn what others think?”
  • “A fan is a fan, even if the only way they can show it is to spew hate. Pity them, They are weak, but they’re still a fan. Enjoy the show…”
  • “When they’re counting what’s going in your pocket, they clearly ain’t putting nothing in theirs. Man, their life must really suck.”
  • “They only ppl worrying about what you’ve got do have anything of their own. Feel bad for them, their life sucks.”
  • “It’s not up to them to decide what YOU deserve. What kind of lame thinks THEY can tell you what YOU should have…? Idiots!”
  • “Don’t EVER let anybody make you feel bad for being successful. The fact that they’re not is THEIR problem, not yours. Let THEM live w it.”
  • “We have shined the lights on those who have been responsible for forcing kids to go to failed schools & my God are they desperate to stop us.”

Disciplinary action against Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry by Superintendent Christina Kishimoto and the Hartford Board of Education is long overdue.

Tuesday’s Hartford Board of Education Executive Session about Perry is at least an important first step.

  • Linda174

    They tried to make me go to reformy rehab, I said no, no, no
    Yes I’ve been black and when I come back, you’ll know, know, know
    I ain’t got the time
    And if the HPS BOE thinks I’’m fine
    Just try to make me go to reformy rehab I won’t go, go, go

    I don’t ever want to tweet again
    I just, ooh just need a friend
    I’m not gonna spend ten weeks
    Have everyone think I’m on the mend

    And it’s not just my pride

    It’s just till these tears have dried

    They tried to make me go to reformy rehab I said no, no, no
    Yes I’ve been black but when I come back you’ll know, know, know
    I ain’t got the time
    And if the HPS BOE thinks I’’m fine
    Just try to make me go to reformy rehab I won’t go, go, go!

  • George

    “The only person who has to get you is you” Oh, we get you Mr. Perry: you are a narcissistic sociopath whose primary function is self-promotion and money-making.

  • David Lynch Topitzer

    As I have said before: How is this guy still employed??? If I said the the “strap on” comment I would expect to be in jail.

  • jrp1900

    A student of American culture will easily recognize that “Dr.” Steve Perry, author, teacher and speaker, is a very familiar American type. In “Dr.” Perry we meet the huckster, the snake oil salesman, the Confidence Man. These kings of hustle, trickery and self-promotion were well known to 19th century Americans–they were always out there selling the elixir of youth or the cure to syphilis. In the 20th century they have turned up in just about every scam you care to mention–from phony real estate ventures to “weight loss programs.” And now (can you believe it?!) they are all over “educational reform.” It’s a different game from selling shares in the Brooklyn Bridge, but the tactics are much the same: lies, half-lies, myths and then some more lies. Half the people in corporate educational “reform” don’t know what they are talking about, and the other half pretends to know something but are in it primarily for themselves. “Dr” Steve Perry has the unusual distinction of being in both halves at the same time! He doesn’t know what he is talking about when it comes to children and education, and he is definitely in the “business” of education for himself. Go visit his website, and you will see how “Dr.” Perry is a Confidence Man of the first order.
    Perry’s reign at Capital Prep is both a tragedy and a farce. It is tragic that children, teachers and parents have to suffer through his bullying ways and his obnoxious grandstanding as “America’s most trusted educator.” His behavior as principal makes a farce of the claim that education “reform” is about “competence” and “accountability.” Obviously, a man who spends so much time away from his school in pursuit of his OWN goals cannot be considered a responsible and caring administrator. And the fact that he has been persistently allowed to violate Hartford BOE policy shows that accountability has no meaning. How, then, did we arrive at this point that the BOE intends to look at Perry in executive session?
    The only reason that we have arrived at this junction is because of the continuing protests of parents who see their children maltreated at Capital Prep. Jonathan Pelto has done a fantastic job of keeping the parents’ complaints in the public eye. If it wasn’t for the parents and for Jonathan, I doubt there would be any inquiry into Perry’s conduct. In fact, I think Perry’s charter school company would have been granted the two public schools he applied to manage. It remains to be seen whether the Hartford BOE has the courage of its convictions: will they censure Perry or more for his outrageous abuses? I think the Hartford BOE will lean on the side of leniency, for they well understand that Perry is Pryor’s “useful idiot.” And they have long since gotten the message that it’s best to go along with the game when the powerful people are in charge of the rules and are playing hard to win. I hope I am wrong, but Perry will probably get a slap on the wrist. However, there is no doubt that his reputation has been damaged.
    Perry calls himself an “author, teacher and speaker.” I confess I have not read his books, but the titles alone do not make me hopeful that we are dealing with great literature. I see nothing at all that confirms Perry as a “teacher.” His “no excuses” line is easily espoused: you don’t need any kind of educational training to bully children into accepting the charge that if they “fail,” it’s their own damn fault. We’ve all met those ignorant people who don’t know anything about children and schooling. These are the people who say: “kids don’t need resources, respect and understanding; what they need is a firm hand to get them in line.” This kind of stuff might have had some play in 1820 when children were often viewed as the “devil’s spawn,” but it has no place in education today when we know so much more about who children are, and what they need to thrive as human beings. Steve Perry and his “no excuses” nonsense is at least a century behind the times. And the thing that galls is that Perry claims that his simplistic bullying ways are something new, fresh and effective in educating children!!
    I have not had the (dubious?) experience of listening to Perry as a motivational speaker, but again on the basis of his tweets I am not very hopeful that he has much to offer. Perry likes the pithy saying, but Benjamin Franklin he is not. Franklin was a master of the memorable saying: “the cat in gloves captures no mice” ; and “A fat kitchen makes a lean will.” Franklin, at his best, was wise and humorous. Perry at his best is simply atrocious: “the only person who has to get you is you. if you dig you, who gives a damn what others think?” This isn’t wisdom; this is simply a counsel to arrogant self-regard and egotism. “Our traditional schools over-feminized.” Ah, so “women teachers” are a big part of the problem. This false and bigoted statement is unworthy a thinking person. But perhaps Steve Perry is NOT a thinking person. “Don’t EVER let anybody make you feel bad for being successful.” Ah, Steve, if it were only that easy! Can’t you see that sometimes it’s an issue of HOW someone became “successful”? Suppose a person achieved success by largely fraudulent means, don’t you think that person is deserving of moral critique? I could go on analyzing “Dr.” Perry’s tweets but life is too short to justify this course. But I will quote one of more his sayings: “Be the person worth talking about not the clown talking about other people.” Again the same pattern of over-simplification: sometimes people talk about you, not because they find you worthy, but precisely because they think you are a clown. “Dr.” Perry will have to decide for himself whether all the attention he receives is because people are so admiring of his person and his achievements…

    • speaking up

      I’m afraid that it’s much sadder and worse than any of us know, jrp1900.

      I’m afraid that Dr. Steve Perry believes that he is doing good things for urban children of color.

      I’m afraid that he truly cannot see how he is being used. He also would appear to honestly believe that his fake numbers are going to fool anyone other than himself, and that making money while disrespecting and disregarding countless students who don’t bolster his fake numbers justifies him calling himself “successful.”

      These are all from his twitter account today.

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      The same party that almost NO minorities at their national convention is the part that has cut through the bull to put kids and parents 1st.

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      The GOP is leading the way in #edreform The same party that fights expanding social programs is fighting to expand ed opportunities for all

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      When successful educators & schools are being blocked from growing to meet the demand of the community by Democrats, the party is lost.

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      If your school is successful, status quo says you cheated. If you’re a successful business person, you can’t care about kids. It’s just dumb

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      The argument that #edreformers want to privatize public Ed is predicated on prejudice against success. If you’re successful you’re bad.

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      We need to believe that wealth or success are inherently bad to accept that wealthy or successful ppl couldn’t possibly just care about kids

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      To justify racist status quo policies, wealthy White ppl who support #edreform are vilified by union bosses like @rweingarten.

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      The same party that almost NO minorities at their national convention is the part that has cut through the bull to put kids and parents 1st.

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      The GOP is leading the way in #edreform The same party that fights expanding social programs is fighting to expand ed opportunities for all

      Dr. Steve Perry ‏@DrStevePerryJan 18
      When successful educators & schools are being blocked from growing to meet the demand of the community by Democrats, the party is lost.

      • jrp1900

        Speaking Up: You are right. it’s worse than I realized. Dr. Perry is positively delusional IF he thinks the Republican Party is behind education reform because it wants to “expand ed opportunities for all.” Historical experience suggests that privatization of public goods and services is primarily about making money for the rich and powerful. School privatization is no different.

        I love the line that the super wealthy “care about kids,” whereas greedy, selfish teachers care only about themselves. This argument will have a little more weight when Bill Gates and Eli Broad can be found in a classroom on a daily basis doing their best to educate children in very difficult circumstances. Perry implies that the “racist status quo” is something cooked up by teachers’ unions and the Democrats. He notes that there were almost no minorities at the Republican Party convention, and yet he takes it on face value that the Republicans are committed to expanding civil rights for urban schoolchildren. “Dr” Perry is either delusional, cynical or plain stupid. Those who know best can supply the answer.

        You may well be right that he thinks he is doing right by “urban children of color,” but he should focus less on “urban” and “color” and more on “children.” In other words, he should learn to see children as children and not as “social problems,” just waiting to be fixed–by him!

  • Mary Gallucci

    This is making me think that there should be a demonstration when Arne Duncan comes to town. It would get national attention!
    Steve Perry and his policies could only exist because of the ed reform embraced by Obama. Obama is the biggest fan of charter schools, but his daughters would never attend one.
    Arne Duncan has been a disaster as education secretary.

  • realsaramerica

    I don’t think it’s appropriate to stoop to use “strap up” on this blog. Do you really want to be reduced to making the same kinds of threats against Perry as he uses towards those who protest against him? The point we have been trying to make is that any other teacher or educational leader would have been sanctioned or lost their job for making such a comment, yet Perry hasn’t been. He’s also been running a school with numerous other problems, yet Hartford BOE appears to have been turning a blind eye. In a civilized society, there are supposed to be procedures that work for dealing with such issues – what we need to understand is why they haven’t been working. Is it due to political pandering, cronyism, lack of due diligence, willful negligence? It will be interesting to see what comes of this meeting on Tuesday.

    • Rafael G

      like I questioned at the State Board of Ed meeting. why has it been allowed to Continue? why has nothing been done about it?

      • Realityed

        Rafael, one of the learner expectations at Capital is empathy. You should review what it is. Sure apparently your daughter is somehow a super student at a failing school, so you don’t have to worry right? What about her classmates who can’t read or do math? Like most of her classmates… Keep attacking what you don’t know and be the tool of uneducated points of views. Or, start caring about your daughters friends who are like many other Hartford students in failing schools.

        • Rafael G

          I have to say this legitimately made me mad but also made me laugh because im apparently one of the only reasons you seem to have posted in the last week or so welcome back. oh you think I just attack a point of view without knowing or Without Caring about the other children in the School? of course I do that’s why I’m the VP of the PTO, why I was voted to the school governance council, why I was in a meeting with Kevin McCaskill director of school design for hps and Martha Bentham the hps Ombudsman regarding the turnaround committee for SAND school. Yes my daughter is an exceptional student at what is supposedly a failing school… however that doesn’t mean that I don’t care about the other students I want for them just as much as I would want any other Hartford Public student to excel. what you apparently fail to realize is that I’m fighting for the neighborhood kids are mostly ELL and special Education in this school. from what I understand Capital prep isn’t exactly Equipped to deal with those kind of students. I’m fighting for the kids would have to spend weeks waiting to see their principal and parents would have to spend days and days and emails and phone calls trying to get ahold of someone who would rather be making money in other places while he supposedly has a job here in this city to do that we pay him to do

        • WEP55

          May I join the standing ovation for Rafael?!

          Question: Did the school principal really just post personal information about a child in the Hartford School System in his attack on Rafael??

        • Concerned Parent

          WEPP55 Its not the first time the Steve Perry posted personal info about a student on here

        • Linda174

          Steve,

          Rafael is the real deal. Be afraid. Be very afraid. It’s the beginning of the end for you.

        • Rafael G

          like I said until something happens I’m just the beginning there are many more who are going to get just as brave as bold as I am. I like to think of myself as a calm and rational person but there are a lot of Hartford parents who are a lot less calm. Thank you Linda!

        • msavage

          Rafael IS the real deal. As are countless other of the “little people” like us who are growing wise to the ways of the corporate plunderers. Perry should be afraid, but so should countless other 1 percenters and minions of the 1 percenters (that’s you, Perry–a minion. Look it up in the dictionary. You think you’re a leader, Perry. You’re not leader. You’re a follower. A bowing, scraping follower. And you will soon become expendable when enough heat is on you). We outnumber you, we are angry and growing more furious by the day, and we are coming to take you down. Count on it.

        • speaking up

          Realityed, please stop bringing specific details about individual children to this site; doing so takes unprofessional to new levels. I’m also very interested to know how you might back up your insinuation here. Should Rafael care only about students who are in “failing schools?” How about the students who have been expelled, driven or “advised” out of Capital Prep? Should anyone care about – or have empathy for – them?

          Dr. Steve Perry has been “given” a beautiful school building filled with hundreds of public school students. Every day in this building offers countless opportunities for Dr. Steve Perry to encourage each of these students to achieve their personal best, but these opportunities are not being fully taken advantage of as Dr. Steve Perry chooses, instead, to be used as the tool of powerful parties who also do not have these students’ best interests at heart.

          Dr. Steve Perry appears to be much more interested in being “given” more public schools to do with as he chooses than he is in serving the public school students who are already in his care.

          Should Rafael, should you, should I or should anyone have empathy for the Special Ed students at Capital Prep who are not receiving the services that they deserve and are entitled to? And how about all of the Capital Prep students who are struggling and doing their personal best every day… and who still may not be headed to college?

          I do not know a great number of things. I do know what I’ve personally seen at Capital Prep and I’ve seen much that needs to be attacked in order to keep more children from harm.

        • realityed

          First, i am only re-stating facts other posts have included about children. Rafael boasted about how great his kid is and ‘concerned parent’ included facts about her child in the argument. It is disheartening they would use their own children as political fodder, but they did. Re-stating what has already been said by their parents is not ‘unprofessional’. What is unprofessional is Pelto’s ability to make-up stories to meet his needs.

          Second, you should probably check your facts (A or K?)… I am pretty sure no child has been expelled from Capital. It actually is a long arduous process and not very easy to do. As for others, children are not good fits for any school, hence magnet themes. Students have left to explore other interests like music, robotics and even to play soccer (Cap does not have a boys soccer team). That’s the beauty of a school system of choice.

          Capital has had many students come from HPHS, Weaver or another magnet. Were they counseled out of those schools? NO. They exercised their ability to choose.

        • Linda174

          You don’t have to be expelled when you make their lives miserable Steve. Why posting under so many handles? It’s more than a few who are speaking out, don’t fool yourself. You wouldn’t even visit here to read and post if you weren’t worried about your tainted image, which is really all you got.

        • Rafael G

          yes I mentioned my daughter being a good student but that’s because you called her school a failing school and basically Called all children coming from said school unable to read or do math which in her case is especially not true. I don’t see as political fodder when we were explaining our experiences we have with our children and the public school system. I’m sure has to be a long arduous process for it to appear that certain students have been counseled out or given the better options to choose from because they “aren’t a good fit”. if you got a hundred or so freshman…your graduating class should be more than 35

        • realityed

          Rafael you demonstrate great “Pelto-ese”; making statements not based in fact. If there were 100 frosh that means the school would have over 1300 students as each class has approximately the same number of students prek-12. All classes had about 40 students each in previous years.

        • Rafael G

          I was making an example I wasn’t stating a fact or claiming to be stating stating a fact. I’m not a journalist. I’m not a blogger. I’ll happily be “Pelto-ese ” over “Perry-ese” any day of the week. Pelto doesn’t pimp kids

        • jonpelto

          Rafael, don’t let him fool you… Capital Prep attrition rate:

          Class of 2010 – lost 36% of its students
          Class of 2011 – lost 36% of its students
          Class of 2010 – lost 16% of its students

          An even bigger question is why does Realityed say he has 100% of his students attend college when parents have written to say their child graduated and couldn’t afford to go and Capital Prep didn’t use their scholarship fund to help. Even Realityed is quoted as saying 3-4 of the students couldn’t afford to go to college – that’s more than 10% of his graduates and what type of guidance operation that can’t help a child get sufficient aid to go – at least to the community college so they can get credits and transfer to a 4 year college. If realityed is providing a statistic it is safe to assume it is wrong.

        • Concerned Parent

          yes only because of the high attrition rate

        • Linda174

          Where oh where do they go Steve? Do you conduct exit interviews for pushed out kids and abused teachers?

        • Rafael G

          LOL i posted the exact thing i didn’t see this. We were both working on it simultaneously it seems haha

        • Linda174

          Great minds!

          Did you see CT mirror article with your pix? I will link, scroll and look at images on the right.

          http://www.ctmirror.org/story/2014/01/15/hartford-parents-divided-approach-integrating-connecticuts-schools

        • Linda174

          Could you apply these standards to yourself please? Facts, courtesy, politeness, consideration, no threats, etc. Practice what you preach Mr. Perry.

        • JonBoy

          Not a slight to you Linda 174, but…

          why folks use ‘Dr.’ and ‘Mr.’ when addressing this pariah is beyond me…

          He is scum… TREAT HIM AS SUCH!

        • Linda174

          Point taken….attempting to disregard the false Dr. title.

        • speaking up

          Realityed, you characterized a child as being “unruly” and “often hitting other children” in a post that had very carefully not included any personal information.

          I am not interested in continuing this particular strand of the conversation; I would, instead, like to direct you back to my original question (amended, below, to allow for any potential misstatements).

          Should Rafael care only about students who are in “failing schools?” How about the students who have been driven or “advised” out of Capital Prep? How about those against whom expulsion proceedings have been instituted by Capital Prep? Should anyone care about – or have empathy for – them?

          I would also like to redirect this conversation back to the Special Ed and struggling students at Capital Prep. Should anyone have empathy for them?

        • Concerned Parent

          This is the other Concerned Parent & you can stop blaming Pelto for making up stories when countless current parents, former parents, current teachers, former teachers and others have ALL said the same thing about Capital Prep: High teacher turn over, Perry not @ school and moon lighting at his public appearance gigs on Hartford Public Schools dime, recruiting athletes, high attrition rates of 9th grade students through twelfth grade, counseling out SPED and other minority children out, Vice Principal Beganski having access to change report card grades & actually changing them, corporal punishments for pre-k through 12th grade (Our children are made to stand during entire class periods, lunch waves and made to run stairs), Perry and Beganski not returning parents phone calls. Steve Perry tweeting pictures of our children that we NEVER signed a permission slip for for his “personal twitter account”, All of the above has happened to my children alone @ Capital Prep.

        • speaking up

          I would, again, like to direct you back to my original question. I would think that you would welcome the opportunity to set the record straight on substantive issues such as this. You have taken the time to defend your use of personal information about students on this site and you have taken the time to dispute matters of semantics (students who are actually expelled v. those against whom expulsion proceedings have been instituted when the subject matter is numbers of students who have left Capital Prep on the advice – direct or implicit – of Capital Prep administration). Surely you must have time to answer the following substantive questions.

          Should Rafael care only about students who are in “failing schools?” How about the students who have been driven or “advised” out of Capital Prep? How about those against whom expulsion proceedings have been instituted by Capital Prep? Should anyone care about – or have empathy for – them?

          I would also like to redirect this conversation back to the Special Ed and struggling students at Capital Prep. Should anyone have empathy for them?

          Capital Prep is a Hartford Public School. When students are “advised” out of Capital Prep, where do they go? Where do you, Realityed, personally think that they ought to go, and do you know where they actually do go?

          Can you explain how or why it would be a good idea to “give” Dr. Steve Perry another Hartford Public School to advise students out of?

        • jonboy

          Here we have acknowledgement by Steve Perry that he is indeed a poster here known as ‘realityed’.

          Please submit all of his posts to the public record Jonathan.

          We can use his stupidity against him.

        • realityed

          Jonboy, What are you talking about? That would be a mistake you guys would make, isn’t it? Any truth for a story, huh?

        • speaking up

          Realityed, I posted a question more than 24 hours ago asking what happens to students when they are either asked, advised or told by the administration at Capital Prep to leave or to “choose” another school/option.

          I’ve asked for the rationale behind turning over another Hartford Public School to a school/administration with the attrition rate that Capital Prep has (and this morning I’ll add a concern about test scores).

          You have replied to 2 of my posts, but only to defend your use of individual students’ information and to take issue with my use of the word “expelled” without noting that this includes expulsion proceedings. You have replied to others, but only in the same vein, suggesting that one parent ought to study Capital Prep’s “learner expectations” and using a derisive tone throughout.

          Your responses to posts show that you have had time to read, react and respond.

          Are you simply unable to answer?

        • JMC

          RE, what do you have to say to the established fact that Steve Perry is an absentee deadbeat hypocrite moocher who takes a full time paycheck from his school while spending 20% of his school time away elsewhere double dipping from his speaking/consulting engagements?

  • Rafael G

    here’s the fun part there’s public input apparently. and at a meeting with a special section on the man so I cant imagine any comments I have to make are going to get censored by the chairman of the Board this time! but oh yes I will be there and I will have plenty to say!

  • Play Nice

    Don’t get excited..nothing is going to happen to Steve Perry- he has protection and yes he is a golden boy

    • Rafael G

      Its not excitement. Its explanation. Even Oscar de la Hoya didnt stay the golden boy forever..You can think what you want but believe me, UNTIL something happens to Perry parents like me are just the beginning 🙂 Even with protection, after a while…those protecting him wont feel its worth it and leave him to the wolves

    • Linda174

      How many monikers does this make, Steve?

      • Rafael G

        Psssh i don’t even keep track anymore. Like i suggested to Jon he should do an ip check on allot of those posts and see of they don’t all have the same point of origin

        • Linda174

          See third grade CMT scores for 2013, what’s he bragging about:

        • Linda174

          Oh and that’s Milner while under the commissioners network and state control.

    • Concerned Parent

      Steve Perry don’t under estimate the power of a few voices…. Parents from your school who want you to be held accountable like any other Hartford School principle. See you might be able to run the wool over your followers but the parents current and past, concerned citizens of CT and past and current Capital Prep staff know better.

      • truth

        Ha. You are sooo correct. “the power of a FEW voices”. That’s all there is. A FEW.

        • Linda174

          There’s more..check in later

        • Concerned Parent

          Sorry Steve Perry let me correct myself the power of many voices 🙂 It’s like when you throw a stone in a pond, it has a ripple effect as our voices will. We will not sit on the side lines and be bullied by you anymore. The lies you feed to the media are being exposed. Our children @ Capital Prep will NOT be subjected to corporal punishment @ your hands and your watch! Our children deserve to have a principle @ school and not making public appearances on the Hartford Public School’s dime. Our children deserve NOT to have a high teacher turn over rate every year every new quint. You should focus less on twitting & more on teacher retention! Our SPED Capital Prep children deserve not to be treated like second class citizens in your school. Our children & parents of Capital Prep deserve a principal and vice principle that return phone calls!

        • Jonboy

          Revel in your smugness Steve.

          Your days are numbered.

          Maybe Michelle Rhee can use a snake wrangler like you in her circus of lies…

  • Magister

    Perry’s grammar and syntax are appalling. He should spend more time in school.

    • truth

      So is Pelto’s… and he writes a blog, not quick tweets prone to be grammatically incorrect:

      The meeting is taking place that the Journalism and Media Magnet Academy located at 150 Tower Avenue in Hartford.

      • Linda174

        If you’re looking for a magnet school, don’t pick CP, see test scores…not so hot Steve. Others got you beat easily.

        By the way it’s your ability to speak coherently as well as your writing ability, not just your tweets. Lots to work on, miles to go.

        See 2013 grade 3 CMT results:

      • jonpelto

        Thanks Realityed for the heads up – the word that should gave been at – corrected the typo.

      • Magister

        I guess I hold professional educators to higher academic standards.

        • Rafael G

          Exactly right!

        • Linda174

          Notice truthy and reality Steve never responds to jrp1900. He can’t handle the truth. BooYah!

      • jonboy

        Umm, Steve, ‘grammar’ AND ‘syntax’. That’s what we educators call PLURAL.

        You should have stated, “So ARE Pelto’s…”

        I’ll give you credit for the possessive ‘s’ on his name though. Attaboy!

        • Concerned Parent

          Perry…..Are you showing that your two handles can talk to each other. WOW

  • Linda174

    Grade 10 CAPT scores not so hot either compared to other HPS magnets, not sure what he’s bragging about if he wants to use test scores:

  • Rafael G

    I didn’t have my numbers correct in my attrition rate statement. Here let me get more specific

  • HartfordPirates

    You’ll notice that “realityed” has not agreed to offer Jon an invitation into the school to speak to teachers or other professionals to demonstrate why Jon is wrong. As his most vocal critic, you would think that Jon would be the perfect person to have invalidate so many of the claims, and has the perfect forum in which to do it. And yet…crickets.

    Since people have been posting mastery test scores for CP I thought I would give an overview for the school dating back. Two caveats:

    1) Testing only shows how well a student tests, not their cumulative knowledge, creativity, ability to reason, etc. Just their ability to take a test.
    2) I rounded scores up to make them more basic.
    3) Red indicates a score that is higher than the state average.
    3) I started extrapolating for comparison, data for students in progressive years so that the same students were being compared. I did only one year and the data appears to be…manipulated.

    4) For those of you that can’t be bothered reading the data – CP doesn’t make the “average” cut overall. Yep, that’s right, the average school in CT outperforms CP. Each year, in every category, in every grade.

    Enjoy!

    • Linda174

      Thanks for compiling and for posting. Perry is a liar.

      • HartfordPirates

        I’m working on a second data set. If you do a quick scan you can see that there is a basic correlation between the state numbers for reading and writing each year. This makes sense as you read as well as you write and vice versa. CP has a wildly disparate comparative between reading and writing scores for grades which could point towards data manipulation. I’m working on a graph and will post when it is finished.

        • Linda174

          Thanks post it here and on Jon’s newest thread. I will send everywhere.

        • Concerned Parent

          The VP is in charge of report cards grades and testing and I was told that he changes report card grades so I wouldn’t put it past him to change testing scores. Also I found a huge variance in my children’s CMT scores versus district testing; might be something to look into to.