Mr. Terrence Carter, who falsely called himself Dr. Carter arrived from Chicago, with the help of Special Master Steven Adamowski, to “save” the children of New London. But having lied about some of the most important aspects of his resume, including the fact that he wasn’t a “Dr.” after all, the New London Board of Education decided not to hire Mr. Carter. In response, Mr. Carter sued the New London Board of Education.
How dare an elected group of citizens stand in the way of the Corporate Education Reform Industry!
So, in true American fashion, Mr. Carter sued.
And today a Connecticut judge laughed him right out of the courthouse.
Breaking news from the Courant’s Jon Lender and Kathy Megan- Judge Tosses Suit By New London School Chief Candidate, Saying He Misrepresented Credentials.
Terrence P. Carter, the highly touted Chicago educator whose selection as New London schools superintendent was rescinded after revelations that he had made false statements about his background and qualifications, has lost his lawsuit against the city’s board of education and its chairwoman.
Carter last year had sued the New London school board and its chairwoman, Margaret Curtin, alleging that they breached an agreement to hire him. But in a ruling dated Tuesday, New London Superior Court Judge Robert F. Vacchelli granted motions for summary judgment filed by the board and Curtin, throwing out the case in which Carter sought damages in an unspecified amount greater than $15,000.
The New London board had voted in mid-2014 to appoint Carter – amid widespread praise in the local community and press of Carter’s apparent qualifications to improve the city’s underachieving school system. Top state education officials in the Malloy administration also endorsed his selection publicly. The school board scheduled a vote for July 21, 2014 on an employment contract with Carter – and Carter had put his signature on a proposed agreement.
But the vote was put off after The Courant published a story on its website on July 18, raising questions about his credentials.
“The progress on his employment became derailed when, on July 18, 2014, newspaper articles began appear[ing] in the Hartford Courant…reporting that the plaintiff had been referring to himself as ‘Dr. Terrence Carter’ or ‘Terrence Carter, Ph.D.’ in numerous public or official documents for years when, in fact he had no accredited doctorate,” Vacchelli wrote in his decision.
“The plaintiff reportedly told the reporters that he had a degree from Hamersfield University in London which would permit his practice in the ministry. He provided a college transcript but the transcript was from Lexington University for a degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Learning. An investigation showed that Lexington University was a proverbial ‘diploma mill’ source, selling degrees for a price of up to several hundred dollars,” Vacchelli wrote. The Day of New London later wrote stories with other disclosures, the judge said.
The school board then commissioned an investigation by its legal counsel, the Hartford firm Shipman & Goodwin. Vacchelli said that the law firm’s report verified information in the newspaper reports and “demonstrated that the plaintiff had frequently held himself as having a doctorate degree, including a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Stanford University. The [law firm’s] report showed that his cover letter to the board contained many passages that were plagiarized. And it showed he was dishonest in answering questions about his bankruptcy filing history.”
The judge said that “the evidence was clear and convincing that the plaintiff repeatedly and intentionally misrepresented his educational credentials, work product, criminal history and financial history to get the defendant to hire him as Superintendent of Schools for the City of New London. He deceived the board into taking steps to awarding the contract, until his deceptive conduct was revealed in newspaper stories.”
You can read the whole story at: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-terrence-carter-1022-20151021-story.html
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