An out-of-state company of consultants that have already collected $1 million in taxpayer funds wants even more.
Wait, What? needs your help in tracking down this travesty of justice.
The following link is to the $1 million contract between Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor and Mass Insight, the out-of-state company brought in help Commissioner Pryor with his plans to take over up to 25 public schools in Connecticut.
The link to the contract is: http://www.biznet.ct.gov/SCP_Documents/Results/12064/12SDE0092AA%20-%20Massinsight%20Contract.pdf
This contract is scheduled to end later this week on January 31, 2014.
However, not only are the high cost, out-of-state consultants not leaving their state offices but they are moving to new offices in the State Department of Education.
These out-of-state consultants replaced dedicated, experienced, state employees who were let go or transferred to make room for this politically connected company so that it could come do the dirty work for Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor and Morgan Barth, his director of the School Turnaround Office.
Multiple FOI requests, media requests and nicely worded emails about whether there is a contract extension for Mass Insight have gone answered.
The question is – if the contract with MassInsight was extended, how and when the extension was processed, considering there is no extension clause in the contract.
Making the matter even more suspect, there was no information posted on the Department of Administrative Services website about a request to extend, a re-bidding process or the new contact.
Any information from the public about whether the MassInsight contract has been extended would be appreciated. The questions include if the contract was extended, how was it extended, when was the extension signed and whether a copy of the extended contract can be obtained.
It is incredibly frustrating that the Malloy administration can extend a $1 million dollar contract without providing any transparency what-so-ever.
Wait, What? and the taxpayers of Connecticut thank any member of the public who can come forward and provide information about this latest outrage.
You can read more about MassInsight in these earlier Wait, What? posts;