Why Connecticut Teachers SHOULD NOT VOTE for Governor Malloy

Here is a long but important blog.  If you are a teacher, parents or supporter of public education, please take the time to read it.

On Friday night the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Education Association voted, on behalf of their 45,000 members, to endorse Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy.

With that move, the CEA joined the leadership of the American Federation of Teachers – Connecticut Chapter in throwing their support and money behind the only Democratic governor in the nation to propose doing away with tenure for all public school teachers and repealing collective bargaining for teachers working in the poorest districts.

You can read about the CEA’s vote in the Wait, What? blog post entitled, “In a stunning move, Connecticut Education Association Board of Directors Endorses Malloy.”

That blog has generated more than 141 comments, a Wait, What? record.  Among the comments is an impassioned defense of Malloy by a few of the blog’s readers, including one named Tom,  who I know and respect as a dedicated teacher, union leader and defender of teachers.

It seems that the fundamental argument driving Malloy’s supporters is that the alternative to Malloy (a Foley administration) would be worse.

When it comes to the issue of education, I think reasonable people can disagree on whether Foley, challenged by a Democratic General Assembly, would be worse than a Malloy administration, backed by a Democratic legislature.

Over the past thirty years, I served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives under a Democratic Governor and a Republican/Independent Governor and worked with a variety of progressive and liberal groups, including unions, as we advocated for policy changes under two different Republican governors.

In each situation, the General Assembly played a very different role in the process, often successfully taking on or co-opting the Republican governor and proving that, with a backbone, the legislative branch of government can have an important and positive impact on public policy.

The role of the Democrats in the legislature was especially evident last week after Republican Tom Foley borrowed heavily from Malloy’s education agenda and introduced his own pro-corporate education reform industry plan for Connecticut.  Within hours, Democratic legislators held a press conference blasting Foley for his outrageous plan.  The irony being that those same legislators voted for many of those same proposals and concepts when they were previously introduced by Governor Malloy.

But before we get to the “Foley would be worse” argument, teachers, parents and public school advocates need to ask the question of whether Dannel “Dan” Malloy does or does not deserves to be re-elected based on his record on public education issues.

The fact is that no Connecticut governor in the last forty years has done as much damage to Connecticut’s public education system than Governor Malloy and that includes a realistic assessment of disgraced Republican Governor John Rowland.

Here are the facts about Dannel Malloy and his education policies.  [And let me add that Malloy, the AFT or the CEA are welcome to provide a substantive response to the following and I will publish it, unedited.)

The good news is that over the past few weeks, education policy has finally become a top tier issue with Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates.

The bad news is that during this period, Malloy has repeatedly pledged to “stay the course” on his destructive education reform initiatives.

Just last week Malloy told the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper, “What we’ve done needs to continue to be implemented and rolled out,”  A few weeks earlier, after meeting with the editorial board at the Day newspaper of New London, the newspaper wrote, the governor assured us he will stay the course on education reform if re-elected.”

So what are the initiatives that Malloy promises to “stay the course” on?

#1:  As has been stated over and over again here, and elsewhere, Governor Malloy is the ONLY Democratic governor in the nation to propose doing away with tenure for all public school teachers and repealing collective bargaining for teachers working in the poorest school districts.

The truth is that Malloy has never publicly renounced his anti-tenure, anti-collective bargaining position nor has he admitted that he made a mistake when he originally introduced the proposal.

The Malloy camp claims that Malloy has apologized for his anti-tenure position.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  What Malloy said was,

“I should admit that was bad language. It wasn’t about them. It was about tenure… I shouldn’t have said it. I apologize for saying it.’”

The sad truth is that Malloy’s HAS NOT retracted his anti-tenure stance and his effort to “apologize” to teachers only made his anti-tenure position clearer.

 

#2:  Governor Malloy’s education reform initiative requires that the state’s teacher evaluation programs to be linked to standardized test scores despite the fact that standardized tests scores are primarily influenced by poverty, language barriers, and the lack of special education services for students.  Every major academic study has determined that standardized test scores ARE NOT A VALID MEASURE of teacher performance.  To date, the only substantive change that Malloy was willing to make to his unfair, inappropriate and inaccurate teacher evaluation program was to propose using the average of at least two standardized test scores rather than using just one.  In this case, two wrongs do not make the system any less absurd, unfair or inappropriate.

The truth is that Malloy has not committed to “de-coupling” the teacher evaluation program from the unfair and inappropriate standardized tests.

 

#3:  Dan Malloy knows that Connecticut’s Education Cost Sharing Formula is inadequate and unconstitutional.  Malloy even pledged in his 2006 and 2010 campaigns to take a leadership role in developing a new, comprehensive education funding formula that would be designed to reduce the present burden that falls on the backs of local property taxpayers.   As Mayor of Stamford Malloy was even one of the original plaintiffs in the critically important CCJEF v. Rell court case, a lawsuit that seeks to throw out the unfair and unconstitutional school funding formula and replace it with one that meets the requirements of Connecticut’s Constitution and would be better for Connecticut’s schools and taxpayers.

Hover, rather than do the right thing, Malloy has spent the last four years trying to get the CCJEF lawsuit dismissed and when that failed, to get it postponed until after this year’s election.

Incredibly, Malloy refuses to promise that, if given a second term, he would settle the CCJEF lawsuit and use the expertise of the CCJEF plaintiffs to develop a constitutionally appropriate school funding formula.

 

#4:  No Connecticut governor, in history, has wasted so much public money on unaccountable, privately-run charter schools.  During his four years in office, Malloy has increased state spending on charter schools by 73.6%, while increasing state aid for Connecticut’s public schools by only a 7.9%.

Making the situation even more unfair, Malloy has provided no meaningful additional support for public schools in Connecticut’s middle-income communities meaning that the burden of local property taxes has become even more unfair for middle-class families.

 

#5:  What is particularly offensive about Malloy’s pro-charter school policies is that Connecticut’s privately owned, but publicly funded charter schools refuse to educate their fair share of non-English speaking students or students with special education needs.  They take public funds but refuse to abide by the laws governing public schools.

In addition, Malloy’s pro-charter school policies are nothing short of corporate welfare for a few select companies.  The charter school chain that has received the most money under Malloy is Achievement First, Inc., the company co-founded by Malloy’s Commissioner of Education.  In addition, Malloy and his commission provided no-bid contracts to the Jumoke/FUSE charter school management company.  Not only has Jumoke/FUSE taken more than $53 million in public funds for their charter school but they were given control and the associated public funding to take over public schools in Hartford and Bridgeport and approved for another charter school in New Haven before the Hartford Courant reported on the criminal background of the company’s CEO and the FBI raised the company’s offices.

The truth is that Malloy has not announced a moratorium on additional charter schools until mechanisms are developed and put in place that will ensure that taxpayer funds are not being misused, wasted or stolen and that charter schools must not discriminate against Latinos, non-English speaking students and students with special educational needs.

 

#6:  Governor Malloy, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and the Malloy administration have consistently lied to Connecticut parents, teachers and citizens about the Common Core and its associated massive Common Core Standardized Testing scheme.  It is bad enough that Malloy is wasting millions of dollars in scarce taxpayer funds to push the Common Core and its unfair “SBAC” Common Core Test, but it is even worse that Malloy and his administration have been lying and misleading parents about their fundamental right to opt their children out of the new tests.

Connecticut parents have the fundamental right to opt their children out of the Common Core standardized testing program.  There is no state or federal law that supersedes parents’ rights to opt their children out of these inappropriate and wasteful tests nor is there any legal action the state or school district can take to punish parents.  Instead of supporting Connecticut’s parents, Malloy and his administration have engaged in scare tactics and used school superintendents and principles to coerce parents into believing the Common Core testing is not option.

Even if Malloy wasn’t committed to implementing the corporate education reform industry agenda, lying and misleading parents is reason enough for voters to refuse to give him a second term in office.

 

#7: Over the past four years, Governor Malloy and Education Commissioner Pryor have been engaged in an unprecedented effort to privatize the State Department of Education.  Instead of using the expertise available here in Connecticut, they have wasted tens of millions of public funds on high-priced, less qualified out-of-state consulting companies.  In many cases, these lucrative contracts have been given out on a no-bid basis, violating the spirit and letter of Connecticut law.  In addition, an ongoing effort to demoralize and destroy the professional capacities of Department of Education has been taking place.  For example, as the point-person for Malloy, Pryor has undermined the State Department of Education by eliminating the Leaders in Residence Program, removing three experienced former Connecticut superintendents and four other expert administrators, as well as transferring a number of nationally-recognized experts including one in English as a Second Language, one in Multi-cultural Education and one in School Climate and Bullying.  In their place, these tasks were outsourced to an inexperienced, out-of-state company for nearly $2 million dollars.

 

#8:  While overfunding Connecticut’s charter schools, Malloy and his administration purposely underfunded Connecticut’s successful Magnet School program.  Magnet Schools serve as an important and accountable mechanism for giving students and parents additional choices.  However, rather than provide the funds necessary to maintain Connecticut’s long-standing commitment to Magnet Schools, Malloy purposely left out nearly $50 million in funding for these schools.  The result is that after spending public funds to build and expand Magnet Schools, classrooms are now being left empty.

 

And the list of Governor Malloy’s failure when it comes to public education goes on and on.

Connecticut teachers, as well as, Connecticut’s parents, students and those who support public education have a right to know the truth about Malloy and his record of failure.

The truth is that Dannel Malloy’s own actions have voided his right to continue to serve as governor in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers would have their members, and all voters, believe that Malloy deserves to be re-elected.

On the issue of education … Malloy deserves to be defeated.

And if, on the other hand, Malloy, the CEA and the AFT want to claim that Malloy is the “better of two evils,” then at the very least they have the obligation to tell the truth about Malloy’s record.

Governor Malloy’s failure on education issues is unprecedented. His policies have rightfully earned him the title as the most anti-teacher, anti-public education democratic governor in the nation.

And adding insult to injury, Malloy has made no substantive changes or commitments that he would do a better job if given another four years.

Before endorsing Malloy, the leadership of the CEA and the AFT should have used their positions to force Malloy to retract his support for his anti-public education policies and lay out a new pro-public education agenda for Connecticut.

But in that task they failed, which only makes Malloy’s failure that much clearer.

 

Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto

*** Please excuse the typos ***

  • Jim Spellman

    Excellent summary of the damage to date done to Public Education by Malloy and friends . That CEA and AFT Leadership are now counted among those Friends boggles the mind .
    Jon Pelto now stands alone as the last best hope of Public Education in the State of Connecticut . Any Teacher who does not follow Jon’s advice to deny Malloy a second term will live to suffer further in the future .

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    Sold to the highest bidder. I am embarrassed to be grouped into what Ms. Cohen-head calls all teachers. Where is the CEA blog/forum that would allow teachers to truly give their opinions. There is none. How does Ms. Cohen-head explain away her own Political Action Committee’s recommendation? Say……”Sell Out”. People should be going to jail for the conflict of interest crap with the Charters under Malloy’s direction and Pryor’s crooked dealings with his cronies. It is a hell of a lot more money then what will send Rowland to jail again. Dr. Sharp…..Stevie Wonder….Comer….Adamwowski…..Vallas. How many frauds does it take to make a minion? I am going to go up right now and meet with Mrs. Ayala (Bridgeport Registrar and Christina the con’s mom) and see if she can help me register to vote early and often. Such Bullshit! ANYONE BUT MALLOY

    • MaryReilly

      Anyone but Malloy or Foley.

      • R.L.

        That’s right.

  • Martin Walsh

    How is it that AFT and CEA, organizations that pushed hard for the inclusion of a labor history requirement in CT, could be so ignorant of the subject themselves? The drastic decline in private sector union membership over the past 30 years was brought about by corporate and political demonization of unions in conjunction with weak-kneed union leadership who thought concessions would ease the onslaught. They failed to see that every concession only served to increase the ferocity of the attacks on them. Where are they now? Gone; or reduced to insignificance.

    The time to fight is now. There is no lesser of two evils. We can resist or disappear.

  • GetSerious5

    What a surprise! The CEA proves that it’s always been nothing more than a mouthpiece and funding source for the Democratic Party!!

    Gee, who’d have thunk it? They would’ve probably endorsed a “Christina Ayala/Victor Diaz” ticket over Foley, or anyone with an “R” affiliation.

    Admit it CEA! You’re all a bunch of phonies!!

    • YourWifeIsMyLife

      Conversely, if Ayala/Diaz were Republicans then the low info righties would probably be rushing to their defense as loudly and obnoxiously as when they defend their other R criminal heroes Bush II, Cheney, and Larry Craig.

      Regards-
      YWIML

      • GetSerious5

        First off, we know how Philip Giordano is loathed by EVERYONE, left and right, as I’m sure Diaz will be. As for Ayala, show me an instance of such flagrant voting abuse by a Republican official. Go ahead!

        And shall I start calling our current President a criminal? Or Joe “Stand up, Chuck” Biden?

        • YourWifeIsMyLife

          Quite an “everything but the kitchen sink” response.
          Do you REALLY want to claim that no Repubs have ever achieved that kind of voting abuse? Google is your friend. Use it. I did.

          As for whatever you’re talking about from 2000, that was so random that it took me a moment to figure out. It certainly didn’t cross my mind and it’s odd that it even crossed yours.

          Regards-
          YWIML

  • Dodd Flea

    Although Joe Visconti is perceived as a long shot to win the election for governor, Joe rates best among the teachers who have met him and know his positions on Education. Visconti is an honest broker who over a year ago identified Education, especially Common Core, as a prime issue in this year’s gubernatorial election.

    Most teachers, students, parents and their friends, families and colleagues all hate Malloy, but are fearful of Foley, who is the most anal retentive candidate in a generation. Visconti is bold and refreshing. He can get along with people. Check out his recent ad spotlighting Common Core.

    http://youtu.be/qc43Q5aypwY

    • Jim Spellman

      A Teacher’s vote for Mr. Visconi would be throwing it away – not a chance to win . At this point , Teachers should be more than aware of the power of the vote and the damage it can lead to – look only to the actions of the duly elected CEA and AFT Leadership who sold you out . Foley is your last shot at damage control – vote for him.

      • Bill Morrison

        Jim,

        I would agree, but, we teachers in AFT-CT have no opportunity to either vote for or against Melodie Peters. While advertising that AFT-CT is a democratic organization, only delegates are allowed to vote. The membership-at-large is not allowed to participate in Union elections beyond the local level. AFT-CT is hardly democratic.

      • Dodd Flea

        Foley is Malloy wearing a different colored tie. A vote for Foley is a vote for Malloy and Common Core. It’s about pensions and jobs. Are you willing to risk your security on either Malloy or Foley. Teachers are smart. They know the risks.

      • MaryReilly

        I can’t understand seeing a drowning man being thrown a lifeline only to watch him refuse it because “it might not be strong enough.” That’s essentially what you’re doing when you say you like Visconti but “oh he can’t win so I won’t vote for him.” If everyone who was part of that groupthink mentality just voted for Joe, he would win in a landslide.

        Foley=Malloy It’s the same damn plan, only poorly presented and scrutinized closely because he is a Republican. The next four years under Foley will not look much different than four more years of Malloy. Would you really be happy with this? We have an opportunity to reject the entrenched establishment politicians who are concerned with the status quo and special interests. Visconti is not beholden to anyone and will do what is right for the people of Connecticut.

    • YourWifeIsMyLife

      “Most teachers, students, parents and their friends, families and colleagues all hate Malloy,”

      Where on earth did you get that from? Someone polled every teacher, student, parent and their friends, family and colleague?

      Or are you perhaps merely exaggerating a teense?

      I suspect the latter.

      Regards-
      YWIML

    • Anon

      Visconti brags that he’s a gun toting, rightwing, teabagging republican.
      He isn’t unaffiliated by choice, he’s unaffiliated because even by
      republican teabagger standards he’s too far to the right. While he may
      be better on this one issue if he’s even telling the truth, he would
      also undo all the great things we’ve accomplished here in CT, like
      common sense gun laws, universal heathcare, gay marriage, and we’re
      finally working toward equal rights for immigrants. Besides, he’s still a
      teabagger, so no matter what he claims you know if he got in office the
      first thing he would do is abolish our unions.

  • buygoldandprosper

    Danny Malloy is incapable of making the kind of decisions that benefit anyone but Danny Malloy. Hopefully voters figure that out prior to casting their vote in November.
    EVERYTHING is Danny first, the public second or third or not at all.

  • Ronald Peterson

    I think we have to differentiate between the Executive board that voted for this and the rank and file who totally abhor Malloy. After the 3 candidates spoke at the meet and greet, there was a massive group of the rank and file that tweeted, e-mailed and personally spoke to Joe Visconti and told of their support for him. Malloy is against teachers, Foley will tell you what ever he thinks you want to hear.( He has more flip-flops than Miami Beach in the summer). and Joe Visconti who is willing to listen to the people “in the trenches” and will together with them, come up with solutions. It’s time to let the Elites know that there is another candidate in the race and he is better than both of the establishment candidates. Vote for Joe Visconti, The unaffiliated candidate.

    • Anon

      Visconti brags that he’s a gun toting, rightwing, teabagging republican. He isn’t unaffiliated by choice, he’s unaffiliated because even by republican teabagger standards he’s too far to the right. While he may be better on this one issue if he’s even telling the truth, he would also undo all the great things we’ve accomplished here in CT, like common sense gun laws, universal heathcare, gay marriage, and we’re finally working toward equal rights for immigrants. Besides, he’s still a teabagger, so no matter what he claims you know if he got in office the first thing he would do is abolish our unions.

      • Ronald Peterson

        says the man that is so scared, he has no profile pic and goes by the name “Anon”. Makes it safer to tell outright lies. If your not man enough to reveal your name. I’m certainly not going to respond to your lies.

  • CONconn

    CEA has posted an article on their website that says “Teachers back Malloy”. They’ve got it all wrong. The non-teaching union leadership backed Malloy Real teachers want nothing to do with him.

    Also, isn’t it interesting that their article does not allow CEA members to post comments? What are they afraid of? How sad is it that the union webpage has the same level of interactivity as the ConnCAN webpage? Both are corrupt organizations that block commenting because they fear what would be said about them if they allowed for open dialogue.

    Finally the fact that they already have their BS talking points all printed up already is even more proof that the whole thing is a farce. They knew they were headed there way before the PAC committee got railroaded.

    • JMC

      Bazinga, CONconn. CEA now has a go-along-to-get-along philosophy. They have also been extremely remiss in failing to educate their membership about the connection between CC/SBAC and likely future dismissals/privatization. CEA has merely been educating its membership on how to take the poison pill. The silence from the head offices during this whole debate has been very damning.

    • Linda174

      CT Dems created hashtag #teachers4dan. They are the only ones tweeting it. I rebutted with #ceaexecboard4dan

    • 00000000001

      Back during the concessions of 2011, The Coalition of State Unions (SEBAC) website, was accepting comments at the beginning of the process. I guess because too many negative comments were being made, so SEBAC disabled the comments section and erased what was already there.

  • msavage

    Why has the blog suddenly been taken over by Visconti supporters?

    • CTedFromTheTrenches

      It must seem obvious to them, that there’s a huge group of voters who can’t bring themselves to vote for Malloy or Foley. Some will write-in Jonathan, some will vote for Visconti, and many will likely stay home.

      It is certain that Foley will be horrible for education. It is also certain that many people (like myself) cannot bring themselves to vote for Malloy. His policies have been and continue to be devastating for education.

      The ONLY way that I could ever vote for Malloy at this point, is if he appointed either Jonathan Pelto or Thomas Scarice as the new Commissioner of Education.

      • wendy lecker

        and we know Malloy won’t do that- he will “stay the course”– Malloy losing is our only hope to have democrats oppose the horrible education policies he and Foley both endorse. With Malloy in power, dems will blindly follow, as they have been doing. With Foley in power, we have a chance that they will opposse those same policies, just because Foley is proposing them.

        • bamboozled teacher

          There is no greater truth. Had a Republican Governor been jamming the exact corporate ed ‘reform’ down our throats, how could the Democratic Legislature not have fought back?

        • Mary Gallucci

          The Dems didn’t fight back when Hartford schools were sold to a private contractor in the nineties… I guess suburban folks weren’t paying attention.
          Charter schools have been in CT since the late 1990s… true, they have greatly increased in the last 4 years (but also in the previous Rell-administration)–as they have nation-wide, unfortunately. We should demand a moratorium NOW–because Foley won’t care if the urban centers of CT become like Philadelphia, New Orleans, Chicago.

        • R.L.

          Then vote them out too.

        • MaryReilly

          So, nothing changes.

          Why not vote for someone who will FIX things? Joe Visconti.

        • Mary Gallucci

          Do you think that the policies of the last two decades in under-funded Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford (to name just the most egregious cases) have been ameliorated by a dem house and senate, with or without a repub governor?
          It didn’t just get bad for the poor in CT–I don’t know where your faith in democratic push-back comes from. *We* have pushed back, and we have moved the current administration (they need to go farther, of course)–Pryor on his way out, Adamowski failing, Carter no chance, Vallas out with his tail between his legs… we can’t win every battle every time, but I have much more faith in an engaged citizenry than Dems waking up. And I have no time for bullies and those promoting armed insurrection.

        • Bill Morrison

          Mary,

          Don’t sell Adamfraudski short . . . Malloy just sold out Waterbury by giving that district to him.

        • Tom Burns

          Yep–I get it–but how in the world could anyone vote for Foley for any reason (grading schools?)

        • Linda174

          Tom,
          Pryor already instituted a rating system on a 100 pt scale. I know….my school was in the 80’s. What’s the difference?

        • Tom Burns

          Not really–there is a big difference–as you know

        • Linda174

          We are rated, ranked and stacked against each other by a mathematical calculation mostly based upon test scores. There is very little difference. What Malloy is whining about re: Foley he supported once and/or still supports.

        • R.L.

          How in the world could anyone vote for Malloy for any reason?

        • RJEastHartford

          Collective Bargaining and the ability to fight on the playing field. With Foley all that will be left is this forum, not tenure denied but rather contract rights now denied.

        • R.L.

          There’s that fear card again. Bring it. Something will give, one way or the other. Enough of this slow death by the “lesser” of two evils

        • RJEastHartford

          Fear or reality? I am looking forward to a decline in my property taxes. Mr. Foley with a Democrat GA will give my town the tools to cut property taxes. The pesky teacher and employee contracts must go, too much in raises, steps, health care premiums and pension contributions….. and accumulated paid days off. My neighbors would agree, so will “conservative” Democrats in the GA.
          Stand in the way, not likely. What unions should communicate is “You can have your anger or your job and benefits but not both.” Kinda reminds me of the private sector. Sure Mr. Foley will be a boon to anyone whose high earnings / income is from a w-2, but Fairfield county will love this policy on municipal / town property taxes. Good luck with that almost veto proof majority after November. Next summer, in a budget session, contract rights will begin to be stripped, less money to towns and cities as the Dems in the GA will demand more funds if they agree to collective bargaining changes. Mr. Pelto, “a strong union guy and supporter”, will be in the Vineyard or perhaps Starbucks!

      • MaryReilly

        I completely respect Jonathan, but you know he is a write in as a purely symbolic gesture. I have noticed he maintains a friendly rapport with Joe Visconti. If Visconti won, I would be surprised if Pelto did not get appointed to Commissioner of Education.

        Msavage, there are a lot of us here who would be staying home Nov. 4 if there wasn’t a candidate worth voting for on the ballot.

        Malloy=Foley=Bad for Teachers=Bad for Students=Bad for CT

        With Viscont on the ballot, he has a shot at winning in a 3-way race. The only challenge is name recognition which is building through his grass-roots efforts. In the last Q-poll, 63% of the people who knew who he was (only 11% at the time) said they would vote for him. Foley, with only 75% name recognition (pretty lousy after spending $11 million on a failed campaign) got 61% of those saying they would vote for him. Malloy got 42% of the 95% who know him. So, really the challenge is name recognition for Joe.

    • R.L.

      It’s also being invaded by Malloy insiders.

  • msavage

    An unrelated, but not really, matter:

    WINDHAM/ WILLIMANTIC — Outspoken councilman James
    Flores has resigned from the Windham Democratic Town Committee and
    Democratic Party, citing dissatisfaction with work done by Democrats on
    the national level.

    His resignation was effective as of Wednesday.

    In a letter dated Sept. 28 to the Chronicle,
    Flores wrote he is “following the footsteps of (former Democratic U.
    S. Rep.) Cynthia McKinney,” who resigned from the Democratic Party in
    2007.

    McKinney was the Green Party nominee in the 2008 presidential election, won by Barack Obama.

    “As an American of conscience, I hereby declare my independence from
    every bomb dropped, every child killed and every man tortured,” Flores
    wrote in his letter, quoting McKinney’s speech in front of the Pentagon
    during a March 17, 2007, anti-war rally. “And I sadly declare my
    independence from who let it happen.”

    Flores was elected to the town council in November.

    Flores received the most votes of the council members, the town clerk’s office stated this morning.

    Good for Flores. I’ll have to ask how he feels about the Democrats and their “work” on public education.

  • Bluecoat

    Great Article on Common Core on American Thinker.com

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/09/uncommon_not_core.html

    • JMC

      Superb article by a superbly informed home schooler and professional math tutor. As some may know, the American Thinker is a very conservative blog. The author obviously shares our skepticism about CC math, and goes into considerable detail why.

    • Sleepless in Bridgeport

      Send this to Danny Boy…..oops….forgot he doesn’t know how to read

  • Bethy

    CEA has a long positive history and strong reputation for representing its members. I feel that with their ongoing union leadership experiences, they’ve made the right choice to endorse Governor Malloy. I will say this again, teachers are a very important role in our children’s lives. A teacher’s voice is always recalled as children mature into adults (it is for me). My favorite subjects in elementary school, middle school and high school was always “English” and “Social Studies”…What I would do to bring those days back. There is nothing like an old school teacher from the 1970’s. No offense to the teachers of today…I’m just recollecting those good old days (i was born in 1966)….Once again, I believe in my heart that CEA made the right decision. I do believe the majority of teachers has taking many things into consideration and agree with CEA’s leadership endorsement at the end of the day. I pray that all teachers join in. Have a bless day everyone…

    • R.L.

      CEA is WRONG, AFT is WRONG, and you are WRONG.

      • Linda174

        She should keep praying; he needs it.

    • Linda174

      Many teachers do not support Malloy. Ct Dems can’t even muster one T to tweet with their newly created hashtag.

      Embarrassing.

      Dannel Malloy: Tenure D E N I E D

    • mookalaboona

      CEA made a terrible decision and do not represent their members. All they care about is teddy bears and golf tournaments.

      • Bill Morrison

        Similarly, AFT-CT made the same mistake. Melodie Peters consistently sells teachers out to gain concessions for health care workers. We Union members need a large scale internal revolution to make OUR unions represent us!

        • Mary Gallucci

          What are you waiting for? Where’s the advocacy arm of your union? Things can start small and grow from there…
          *You* are the union, you know.
          Here’s a guide:
          This article is from Class Action: An Activist Teacher’s Handbook, a joint project of Jacobin and the Chicago Teachers Union’s CORE. The booklet can be downloaded for free, and print copies are available for a limited time.
          https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/03/uncommon-core-chicago-teachers-union/

        • Mary Gallucci

          Note the response–*crickets*

    • GetSerious5

      The right decision would have been to endorse NOBODY, if they felt that none of the candidates had the members’ interests at heart. Just stay out of it and save the members’ money for a rainy day.

      By the way, it’s “have a blessED day.”

      • YourWifeIsMyLife

        “Have a BLESS day.”

  • JMC

    Christine Stuart on CTNewsJunkie with a new article on CEA endorsement

  • WisconsinMoment

    I hope you are all ready for the Wisconsin Moment that Foley has promised. Foley will cut education spending in order to give a tax cut to the “job creators” (i.e. wealthy) You may not like Malloy’s approach but do you REALLY think that an anti-union, anti-tax Republican will be a better friend if you elect him? Not to mention all the other extremely damaging social and economic policies he will push for…. Get a grip on reality and find some pragmatism.

    • R.L.

      There goes that fear card again. Is that all you Malloy people have?

      • RJEastHartford

        Fear or reality? I am looking forward to a decline in my property taxes. Mr. Foley with a Democrat GA will give my town the tools to cut property taxes. The pesky teacher and employee contracts must go, too much in raises, steps, health care premiums and pension contributions….. and accumulated paid days off. My neighbors would agree, so will “conservative” Democrats in the GA.
        Stand in the way, not likely. What unions should communicate is “You can have your anger or your job and benefits but not both.” Kinda reminds me of the private sector. Sure Mr. Foley will be a boon to anyone whose high earnings / income is from a w-2, but Fairfield county will love this policy on municipal / town property taxes.

        • Bill Morrison

          It’s funny . . . private employees cry about public salaries and benefits. Private employees used to have these benefits until the GOP killed their unions. As a result, the private world retains stagnant (or nearly stagnant) salaries, cut benefits, and a lower standard of living than they used to have. Simultaneously, the CEO’s and corporate bosses (the top 1%) controls over 90% of all wealth in America.

          Wake up and revitalize your own unions rather than attack us! Reclaim your share of the American dream from your employers and stop complaining about public workers. Private workers are beginning to sound like bleating sheep.

        • RJEastHartford

          You are making my point, you are the union and would seek to risk hard fought contract rights in a climate that seeks to destroy public sector unions for emotion or anger. Teachers are Union only when they want to be Union. Next summer, in a budget session, contract rights will begin to be stripped, less money to towns and cities as the Dems in the GA will demand more funds if they agree to collective bargaining changes. Mr. Pelto, “a strong union guy and supporter”, will be in the Vineyard or perhaps Starbucks!

    • Linda174

      We already had it and the plan is for the knife to go back in..but tenure will be denied.

    • Commish

      When people say “Foley will do this” or Foley will do that” do they truly understand the way that the Executive branch and the Legislative branch actually function? Or are they being deliberately misleading ?
      What could Foley possibly do to education without the consent and approval of the General Assembly, which by the way has an almost veto proof Democratic majority?
      By contrast, look at the nonsense that Malloy and his administration have perpetrated on the public because there is no viable political opposition.
      CT is a much healthier state when there is a check and balance between the Executive and Legislative branches of government.
      Foley in 2014.

  • Scarey

    Letter from the CEA. Jonathan, I like your facts better!

  • Ms. Bethy

    CEA has a long positive history and strong reputation for representing its members. I feel that with their ongoing union leadership experiences, they’ve made the right choice to endorse Governor Malloy. I will say this again, teachers are a very important role in our children’s lives. A teacher’s voice is always recalled as children mature into adults (it is for me). My favorite subjects in elementary school, middle school and high school was always “English” and “Social Studies”…What I would do to bring those days back. There is nothing like an old school teacher from the 1970’s. No offense to the teachers of today…I’m just recollecting those good old days (i was born in 1966)….Once again, I believe in my heart that CEA made the right decision. I pray that all teachers join in. Have a bless day everyone…

    • sharewhut

      It’s okay, Bethy. Everything will be alright. Put the pipe down, turn down Terrapin Station, and back away from the ledge. It’s just a bummer flashback…we can help you back from your trip, no need to show that you can fly…
      I too fondly remember grade school teachers I had in late 60s early 70s.
      A vote for Dan/Danell/His Majesty is a vote to guarantee the extinction of the species, too be replaced by auto-matrons programing proper bubble filling instead of creative thought process and critical thinking.

    • Bill Morrison

      Just wait until the Malloy/Foley mono-party replaces your teachers with computers. Your union leadership was not right to over rule your PAC when they recommended to endorse no one. I am a member of AFT-CT; I equally deplore Melodie Peters’ ramrodding the endorsement of Malloy through our PAC. Our union bosses had better start representing the membership.

  • tknibbs

    Pelto should forget about being a write-in candidate and endorse Visconti. Pelto is not running any sort of campaign. Endorsing Visconti and helping him win is the best shot we have right now to stop Common Core.