Ravitch on Pelto:  “Hope every governor who abandons public education faces a similar challenge”

The nation’s leading pro-public education advocate has used her blog to tell her 80,000 readers about our work here in Connecticut.

Diane Ravitch’s latest piece is entitled, “Jonathan Pelto Mulls Third Party Challenge to Governor Malloy in Connecticut.”

Diane Ravitch writes,

Jonathan Pelto, ex-state legislator and prolific blogger, is deciding whether to mount a challenge to Governor Dannel Malloy, based in large part on Malloy’s embrace of the agenda of the privatization movement in Connecticut.

Pelto here describes reactions from friends and foes. 

In my view, this would be an honorable challenge.

Teachers and parents should not vote for a governor–whether it is Malloy or Cuomo–who consistently sides with the billionaires who seek to undermine public education.

Most children in both states attend public schools. Those schools need to be improved and supported, not placed in competition with charter schools that are free to choose students they want and free to push out those they don’t want.

I wish Jon Pelto well and hope that every governor who abandons public education faces a similar challenge.

Needless to say I am honored by her good wishes.

Stay tuned.

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How to access and/or help collect petition signatures see we can get on the November 2014 ballot for governor will be posted within the next 72 hours.

  • mookalaboona

    Jonathan is building a momentum which I believe will be hard to stop. It’s great. Malloy is not going to know what hit him!

    • CTedFromTheTrenches

      Malloy should start to do what many CT citizens have been forced to do…
      Look for a new job out of state!

  • CTedFromTheTrenches

    PELTO or BUST in 2014!

    • Mary Gallucci

      Great slogan.

  • buygoldandprosper

    Why would Dan look for out of state opportunities? The money is sooo easy to make here in Connecticut, from Cathy’s GHAC gig to “fund raising”. Maybe Dan is showing his spawn how to do it legally!

    Two medical marijuana providers dispense cash to Democrats

    May 27, 2014 at 1:51 PM| 4 hours Ago by Zachary Janowski
    Last month, state officials announced the six companies selected to dispense medical marijuana across the state and already two companies have made donations to the Connecticut Democratic Party’s federal account.

    Federal accounts allows state contractors and regulated businesses to contribute to state parties without violating the ban on their donations.

    Angelo DeFazio, a pharmacist and entrepreneur, gave $9,750 at the end of April, topping off a previous donation of $250 to reach the annual maximum. A company of his, Hartford-based Arrow Alternative Care, received one of the six dispensary licenses.

    Massachusetts resident John Glowik Jr., owner of the South Windsor licensee, Prime Wellness of Connecticut, gave $2,500, as did John Glowik III.

    A Glowik company in Massachusetts had applied for a license there, but did not receive a provisional one.

    – See more at: http://www.raisinghale.com/2014/05/27/medical-marijuana-dispense-cash-democrats/#sthash.LAYj50lO.dpuf

  • buygoldandprosper

    “We’re really down to the bone. Facilities is a great example of that. We used to have 30 to 40 guys working on landscaping. I think it’s down to 10 or 11 on the ground crew,” Herbst said. “A lot of students are unhappy that it’s unplowed or it’s icy. Well, yeah, we don’t have a lot of people working on that.”
    Well yeah!
    How about eliminating a few “spokespersons” ?!
    Herbst sounds like Finch in Bridgeport re: snow removal. Blame the workers…the people who actually DO SOMETHING for the failure of
    the system, management and the fools in charge. Well yeah! That is the Connecticut way! Just don’t f**k with the basketball program!

  • buygoldandprosper

    And this just in from our eduction governor!! Nice work, Mr. Private school, education reformer. Read it and weep.

    http://ctmirror.org/college-budgets-300-part-time-teaching-jobs-eliminated/