CT legislature’s nomination committee votes 10 to 4 today to confirm Erik Clemons to State Board of Education.

On a party-line vote, with Democrats backing Governor Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman’s nominee for the State Board of Education, the General Assembly’s Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee approved by a margin of 10 to 4 to confirm Erik Clemons for a position on the State Board of Education.  Clemons is the individual whose company is collecting in excess of $500,000 thanks to a no-bid contract that was mandated by the State Board of Education and funded through the State Department of Education.


It’s a CONFLICT OF INTEREST to serve on the State Board of Education while collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars a year via the State Department of Education

Company run by Malloy appointee to the State Board of Education collects $517,128 in funds allocated by the State Board of Education.

There is no word, at this point, as to why the Democrats felt there was no conflict of interest for a member of the State Board of Education and his company to collect money that is allocated and managed by the State Department of Education and its Board.

Erik Clemons is also a major supporter of the charter school industry, having served on the Board of Directors of the Achievement First, Inc. Elm City charter school and as a founding member of the new Elm City Montessori Charter School Board of Directors.

The State Board of Education is responsible for funding and regulating Connecticut’s charter schools.

If the General Assembly follows the committee’s lead, Connecticut’s charter schools will not only have one of their own sitting in that key oversight position, but that person will also be collecting well over $100,000 a year, thanks in part, to the flow of money from the State Department of Education.

The vote tally can be found here- https://www.cga.ct.gov/2016/exndata/cv/2016CV-00017-R00EXN-TS.htm

  • buygoldandpropser

    Not that it matters, but FOUR ABSENT? Talk about a perfect example of “representative government”.
    Looney and his monkeys win the day, as expected.
    Nothing changes in this shit-hole state but the amount of debt and corruption.

  • Charlie Puffers

    Why would Ed Vargas vote for this guy? Very disappointing.

  • ReTired

    I guess in our never ending world of corruption, not only do definitions change, but sadly values. Where are the legal eagles on this? Once again, another reason to clean house in November.

  • buygoldandpropser

    A bit off topic, but with Sharkey’s statement about the state having a revenue problem I could not help but mention:

    “RIDGEFIELD — Boehringer Ingelheim is facing another round of job cuts in an effort to trim operating expenses at the German pharmaceutical giant’s local facility.
    Erin Crew, a company spokeswoman, said Friday that the layoffs are part of a restructuring of the company’s local operations. She declined to identify how many jobs would be lost at the company, which employs about 2,700 people in the region.
    “Boehringer Ingelheim is currently undergoing an organizational transformation, which will reinvent the way we serve the needs of our patients in an increasingly dynamic health care system,” Crew said in a statement. “As part of this transformation, we will be reducing operating expenses in our branded human pharmaceutical business to establish a more sustainable organization.”
    Now this is announced the same week that CARTUS laid off…Cartus the company that Danny gave state money to to create jobs.
    Job creation, Malloy style, has failed miserably and left us with…what? A revenue or spending problem?
    And now Danny is in DC shooting off his yap, attempting to look like a leader when his state is swirling around the toilet drain.

    • jonpelto

      Well said!

      Sent via cell phone meaning more typos than usual

  • JMC

    CT Dems voted for it, they got it.