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Jonathan Pelto

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PO Box 400, Storrs. CT 06268


  • Laurie Gelston Alt

    If you want to look at a school which truly integrates, a place where one becomes colorblind, and joyful, check out Manchester’s Odyssey Community School.

  • andrew glazer

    Can you explain to me how the state decides to divide up the funds for education to the communities. I know it is basically done by the grand list valuation but that leaves communities like Stamford and Norwalk struggling since they have valuable sections of real estate but have big city budgets and problems.

    Andy Glazer
    Norwalk Ct

  • Andrea

    Feb. 28, 2012 — The state Supreme Court overturns the state’s takeover of the Bridgeport board, mandating a special election to pick a new one.Read more:

  • Dotrodg

    Please send your information on the relationship between ConnCan and Achievement First to WTNH channel 8 news. They interviewing ConnCann on the air and not identifying what this organization does and what Acheivement first is all about.

  • JMC

    Thanks for your wonderful investigative articles. I know it’s tough to be the Canary in the Mine Shaft, but your work is invaluable. Don’t stop!

    In the matter of the CT Education Reform: 

    During my 25-yr. career in public school classrooms,  which from I have retired only to see my CT pension endangered and my CT health care assistance, small as is, plundered, I saw innumerable educational shuck-n-jive pros, fire-and-maneuver artists, wanna-be hi-flyers, and tingle-down-the-leg messiahs blow through thousand of people’s lives and millions of educational dollars.

    There’s a reason Dannel Malloy and Stephen Adamowski are such close allies.

    Hizzoner’s blowing through CT on his way to DC and so is Stephen.    

  • Rdhughes01

    Please send this information to Jon Lender at the Hartford Courant.

  • Linda

    I would love an exposé on the fraud, Michelle Rhee…taught for three years and now she is an expert on education..Rheeject Rheeform! Check out

  • jonpelto

    Excellent suggestion – will add it to the list of upcoming posts

    • Justin

      This is the TFA model.  I talked to a woman who said most TFA teachers stop teaching to work in other areas of education and make education policy.  2 years in a classroom and they’re experts??

  • 1993TOY

    Most school administrators have no classroom experience.  This makes them experts in classroom and teacher evaluation?  Bravo that you are uncovering the “inconvenient truths” in CT  education “reform” and the short sighted approach of our top “expert”, supported by our myopic governor. CEA Pres. Abbruzese should read your blog  and maybe develop an appropriate position for the CEA. He certainly does not have the membership behind him. Our neighborhood schools provide the last vestige of community in many towns and neighborhoods. That is what needs to be strengthened. Our educational system was founded on the core philosophy of developing the entire child, not achieving test scores.

  • Roger

    Excellent post.  Specific, declarative, and would shame a normal person.  What I can’t understand is what Malloy has to threaten the legislature.  He will claim the money he withholds is the result of their turning down his bill. But his statement clearly indicates what you identify as his ransoming the learning opportunities of 200,000 CT children. He’s not only a corrupt politician…he’s a stupid politician.

  • Miketcha

    Gail Collins has a good column in today’s New York Times on America’s march toward for-profit education
    Here’s the link:

  • jonpelto

    thanks – I hadn’t see it and reached out to her right away after you posted this.

  • David Andrade


    Was wondering if you could look into any relationship between Pryor and Vallas (Bpt) – they seem pretty chummy and are together often and now the state appointed (but illegal per court) Bpt BOE is looking at extending Vallas’ contract (thought he was supposed to be one year superintendent.) And, even after state is giving Bpt all kinds of extra money, Vallas is looking at cutting high school assistant principals and teachers which will severely affect the schools and students. 

    Thanks! You do a great public service here!

  • Repairman632  If you all don’t know about these folks (white hats) then you very definitely should! Also   and All are good resources

  • Vincent

    Hey Jon,

    What do you think of Malloy accepting huzzahs on The Ed Show a couple of days ago? It was quite a site.

  • Bada Bing

    Can Anyone explain how Diane Ullman is still on the Simsbury payroll as Superintendent until the fall, while the CT Department of Education hired her effective May 7th, and is also paying her? Can the rest of us get double paychecks, that’s a nice deal!

    And how do you explain her resigning to take a “temporary” job with the Department of Ed? The answer to that one is she’s been promised by Pryor he’ll quietly move her later to a permanent role, higher salary. He’s gaming the systems again. Who will stop this?

    • jonpelto

      I bet they dropped her into a durational job positionm – will check.

      Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

  • Ttross


    Your cut-through-the-bull response the other day to the Bridgeport super and his deputy was brilliant. Your defense of our profession is so greatly appreciated!

  • jonpelto

    Thank you for saying that. I really appreciate it, I see all of these anti-bullying public service announcements…and I think…I could have sworn the ad said stand up to bullying.
    One of the most commin is sponsored by the Governor’s Commission on something….
    Hello Governor? I’m standing up against bullying —- but it turns out the chief bullies are the governors!

    Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos

  • Mtfarm

    Have you forgotten about the CSU & CCC mergers? Kennedy gets to vacation for 8 weeks while Meotti fires  [non-renews contracts more people. What happened to DHE? Most of those people are now BOR and something called OFAHE..  did you know the 4.3 million the BOR says is savings counts the loss of people from 2010?  How many times do they get to count the same people. Also, the CCC pays out people’s contracts.  If they get a year plus they pay them to leave, doesn’t sound like a good choice of using funds. What exactly do we all know about how many people have been let go from CCC & CSU?  And why CSU?  I thought they were OK once Carter was out? Maybe Meotti doesn’t like the rules CSU uses? you know the ones that play by the State audit book?

  • Bill Morrison


    Please make an announcement that I am ready to host and facilitate a meeting of parents, community members, and educators from throughout Connecticut with the purpose of creating an organized resistance to Adamowski, Vallas, et al.  We need to quit wringing our hands and start taking positive action!

    As soon as people contact me, I will host the first meeting in my classroom in Hartford Public High School.

    Thank you, and you would be most welcome to attend.

    Bill Morrison

    • Reyes1497

      Mr. Morrison:
      Please provide details because Special Master is heading to New London. How can he have concurrent contracts with the state? Can Windham get a refund on loss of “services”? How can the State rely on one (rather limited) resource for school reformation?

  • Bill Morrison


    Once again, my comments are somehow being deleted from your blog. I just posted a brief discourse on the lack of statistical correlation between this year’s test results and those of last year’s.  It posted successfully, then was gone within one minute.  Can you please look into this?

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  • Kryptoman102

    Jonathon, I get it. You hate government, you hate Pryor, the governor…well, just about everybody…i don’t find you “perceptive” you sound bitter and well…just plain nasty…have you ever tried blogging about a solution instead of mudslinging?  I am sure more people would listen.  Hate everything if you want but until you start to address the fact that YES these kids all deserve the best education American can give and that you have the solution (any solution would do) you are just another bitter person with some axe to grind …and a hideously uninformed website.  Please contact me….

    • Julie Roneson

      You are so wrong, Kryptoman102. So wrong. If you taught in Bridgeport (sorry…do you?) you would know what a voice of reason is Jonathan Pelto. The first step to reform is awareness.

  • Tom

    This ludicrous idea to evaluate teacher training programs by the test scores of the students of their graduates should only be policy if EVERY other academic program in the university is evaluated by the ‘success’ of their graduates—–business schools, law schools, medical schools, all degree programs—–perhaps ‘assessed’ by salary earned, a rubric evaluating prestige of the employer, annual sales figures, prestige of graduate schools entered, ratings collected from clients/patients, etc., etc., etc.,…..all just as ridiculously insane. Keep up the great work with the blog!

  • Cowgirl

    I support the Chicago teachers wholeheartedly. They are making a statement about the ridiculous notion of having student test scores applied to an evaluation of their performance. They are taking a stand for the preservation of public education. I love the shoes that you are offerring President Obama. Are they Tom’s shoes whereby you buy one pair and a pair is donated to a third world country? If so– order a pair for me. Woman’s size 6. I wonder what Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass would have to say about all of this nonsense regarding school reform. I am ready to start an underground railroad and transport all of the children in the U. S, who are eager to learn, to Finland where education is respected.

  • Ken N.

    Jonathan Pelto was instrumental in passing the Income Tax in Connecticut and, as a result, has absolutely NO CREDIBILITY. Not now, not ever. He and Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. can both rot in hell.

  • Anonymous

    When NStar-NU merger was approved, they agreed to no ‘large-scale’ layoffs. So, how do they get around that? They are sneaking people out the door 30 at a time. Someone should look into this because I believe that almost 300 have been laid off.

  • badabing

    State Auditors are finally investigating Stefan Pryor’s hiring – filling jobs that don’t exist with overpaid and unqualified people who follow him from job to job. His practice of hiring at a starting wage then immediately bumping it up to levels he’d never get away with otherwise. His sneaky practices of bypassing State requirements. His practice of having full time people on his staff that hardly show up.

  • Don Gonsalves

    Where could I and others obtain a copy of the slides you presented at the University of CT Retired Program(CLEAR) concerning UCONNS cost of sports programs. I arrived late wqhen you made the presentation and only saw the last few slides. You indicated that the ptograms were actually losing money not making money as the University maintins. You broke down the costs/revenue by team. Don Gonsalves [email protected] ( I sengt you an e mail about 2 years ago also asking for this very valuable information)

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  • Natalie

    Thanks for the info about Steve Perry. Boy does he know how to work the system. Good job!

  • CosmicTinker

    FYI, Jorian Polis Schutz appears to be the brother of Jared Polis:

  • Gina

    Read your blog today and just want to say that a teaching certificate does not equate to great teaching. I think we should stop fearing and deriding schools such as AF that are helping kids be successful utilizing non-certified teachers, and instead share best practices together to help improve instruction and achievement for all students.

    • Guest

      Sure, a teaching certificate doesn’t equate quality teaching but it sets a standard. An individual seeking his teaching teaching certification shows that he is “in it” for awhile. Unlike the majority of TFA kids hired by AF that play teacher for two years and then head off to their law and medical schools. Having worked for AF as a certified teacher, I was a minority. You (and our state) should look closer at what AF is really doing. It would be very revealing if AF publicly posted its teacher turnover rate. Reader, not everything is as brilliant as it seems. Check your facts. Jon Pelto is bringing some of these issues to light.

    • TMDC

      Does a doctor have to have a medical license? Would you let them operate on YOU???
      Training counts. Get real.

    • TMDC

      Can I ” team” with your surgeon and operate on YOU??

  • Craig Kelly

    Dear Jonathan,
    Thank you for posting my letter regarding the Bridgeport Board of Education. I would like to make a correction related to Ms. Denise Clemons, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Bridgeport. Please see letter sent to me by Ms. Clemons.
    You provide a great public service and you give us all hope.
    Craig Kelly, former President of Greater Bridgeport NAACP
    Hi Craig,

    Thank you for taking the time to speak with me and most importantly write the letter that was posted on Jonathan Pelto’s Blog – Wait, What. The support that you illustrated through the composition of your letter was sincerely appreciated. Being a Bridgeport native, it was nice to have support from another member of my hometown/community

    As per our conversation, I would like to clarify the reference that was made to my previous employment in Bridgeport Public Schools. I was not terminated. Mr. Vallas eliminated my position as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools and offered me a teaching position. I inquired about administrative positions; of which he said there were no vacancies. So, I resigned. However, I just read in the paper that John Curtis is referred to as the Assistant Superintendent of High School Transformation. SMH

    As always…Peace and Blessings,
    Denise Clemons

  • SaveOurSchoolsNZ

    Jonathan, how do I become part of your education bloggers’ network? This is my blog, and fighting for public education worldwide is my entire life. Yours, Dianne Khan, Save Our Schools NZ

  • Matthew

    Where can I get my “Pelto for Governor” lawn sign? I’m a frustrated public school teacher and disappointed Democrat. So glad to see that I may have a viable option in November!

  • Jeff

    What is your stance on the $400 a month unreliable trains with everyday malfunctioning equipment and/or human error? Stance on how destructive 95 is on commerce and growth in Connecticut? Should we put up some tolls so we can pay the state on weekends beyond the $400 that we pay to the MTA and our highest quartile gas tax?

  • Concerned Teacher

    As a Teacher in CT, I can not even begin to thank you enough for challenging Governor Malloy. He has treated us educators terribly, but even worse, he has hurt our children and their education. Governor Malloy has shown no respect to any of us. Good luck in November – you have my vote!

  • StillWatching2

    Is it legal for you to tell people WHERE & when your petition signature collectors will be set up? :-) I am assuming I will see one SOMEWHERE but I think you have a lot of readers who would sign given the chance…

  • TMDC

    Run, Jon, run. You are not a spoiler. Fight that charge.
    Where do we find your campaign headquarters and get signs and posters???

  • Anonymous
  • seconnecticut

    Your Excellent talk on the Ct Network brings up
    another issue for me:

    It is not often that you can save money and get better results, but
    free software, is an impressive, crowd-sourced achievement.
    The Linux Kernel is the fastest in the industry, and Android is
    based on it so it is also the volume leader. It is more trustworthy
    because the source code is open to examination. It is likely
    embedded in your set-top cable box. The City of Munich switched
    15,000 Windows desktops to Linux.

    Free software can not only save considerable amounts of money, it is a much better choice for schools because it can be brought home, shared, worked on, improved, audited, and it has applications of all kinds. Hands-on learning is the best.

    There are a number of distributions for schools, including Emmabuntüs which is suitable for older machines.

    Try it on your desktop or laptop without even installing. Free
    Software distributions can be easily downloaded and there
    are versions for many different purposes. To get started, try
    Ubuntu or Mint or, if you value your privacy, try tails
    which encrypts messaging by default.

    See my notes at

  • Pattie

    I just read in “In These Times” that you are running for governor! Good for you! I wish I still lived in CT. I would vote for you and help with your campaign. During the whole Malloy/state employee union debacle, your column was the only thing that kept me sane — and informed. I wish you luck! Nothing would make me happier than to see you succeed!

  • [email protected]

    Good Morning,
    I live in East Putnam up near the Mass./R.I. border, where is the closest I could go to sign for you ? I possibly could bring some others.

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  • George Eller

    I was wondering if you had seen this article in the 9/6 Danbury News-Times. Something seems fishy to me about the timing.

    Malloy questions Connecticut Common Core test

    Says juniors take too many standardized tests in a crucial year

    Rob Varnon

    Updated 9:52 pm, Friday, September 5, 2014

    . . . The move comes as Malloy defends his record, including his educational reforms, from attacks by his gubernatorial opponent Republican Tom Foley and independent blogger Jonathan Pelto, who just failed to win enough signatures to appear as an independent candidate for governor.

    In Greenwich, some saw the move as political.

    “I’m glad the quote-unquote education governor is finally catching up with parents and Connecticut boards of education on this issue,”Greenwich Board of Education member Peter Sherr, a Republican, said Friday. “To me, this is consistent with the incredibly botched introduction and implementation of education reforms during the Malloy administration.”

  • GE2L2R

    Do think it is significant that:

    1) as the investigation into the rampant corruption at the state’s charter school’s heats up, that Commissioner Pryor has resigned “to pursue other opportunities”?

    2) as the gubernatorial race between Malloy and Foley (which is the lesser of “two weevils”) gets closer, that Governor Malloy has his “epiphany” in an attempt to regain the votes of the teachers / unions that he has alienated with his onerous education initiatives?

    Reflection or purely expedient politics? I suspect the latter

  • Sad In Bridgeport

    Jon- would you consider doing a podcast, if you haven’t started one already?

  • Just a CPA

    What about the 1.8 Billion recently given to UCONN? Nex Gen

  • GTobin
  • Disappointed Reader

    I used to be a huge fan, however, there have been several recent stories have so many inaccuracies that I feel you can no longer be trusted. It’s a shame. Where have all the true/real stories gone?

  • kim norton

    Hello, I was told that I can not opt my 11 year old child out of testing but my child can refuse to test. the principal offered to “coach” my child on how to do this. Is this legal? I’m assuming my district is taking this “angle” for a reason.

  • Terri

    Did you know that CREC hired former Mayor Perez to head their transportation department? What the what?