CT Post’ Hugh Bailey speaks “Truth To Power” again with latest piece on Vallas

Hugh Bailey’s latest commentary piece is called “School leader’s time is running short.”  The Connecticut Post editorial writer once again speaks truth to power.

The phrase “Truth to Power” was developed by the Quakers in the mid-1950s when it was used in a famous pamphlet that called for the United States to stand up against fascism and other forms of totalitarianism, especially here at home in the United States.

Over the years it has come to describe those who have the courage and conviction to stand up and speak out against arrogance, bullying and the unbridled power of the corporate and government elite.

Here in Connecticut, Hugh Bailey has become one of the most powerful “truth to power” voices in the state.

Here is his latest on the abusive nature of Paul Vallas and his backers.

“For anyone having trouble keeping track, there are now three separate clocks ticking on the tenure of Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas.

The first is a case to be heard Monday before the state Supreme Court, which will decide in coming months whether he is legally qualified to hold his job. A Superior Court judge has already ruled against him; the Supreme Court could overturn that decision, or it could agree and send Vallas packing.

The second took shape in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, which saw the easy win of three candidates who are dedicated skeptics of the superintendent’s work. There is still a November election to be held, but barring some unforeseen resurgence of local Republicans, who haven’t won citywide office in years, there will be a majority on the school board in favor of hiring someone new.

The third factor limiting his tenure is the superintendent himself, who has repeatedly said he doesn’t plan to be around long.

Of course, that depends on his audience. He told the Connecticut Post after the primary, “I have a three-year contract, and assuming the Supreme Court rules in my favor, I just will continue to work as long as I feel I am making progress.”

In July, though, he told reporters from Chicago and the New York Times that he was looking to stay in Bridgeport for another year or so. The Times story was about the rough political waters in Bridgeport, and saw the superintendent telling a reporter, apparently without irony, “There are some gigantic egos in this town.” This from someone who once compared himself to Michael Jordan.

Maybe since July he’s changed his mind, and is now in it for the long haul. It’s impossible to know. He did, though, insinuate that he would be headed back to Illinois, telling NBC Chicago, “Let’s just say I’m still registered to vote (there).” It was probably a coincidence that he gave a speech last week at an education conference at Elmhurst College, just outside Chicago.

Back in Bridgeport, which could really use a school leader who plans to be around a while, there have been two votes in recent months against the direction education policy has taken, but Vallas insists it’s not about him. In a way, he’s right.

It’s not personal. In fact, many Vallas opponents can come up with a few things he’s done that they support.

The votes against entrenched powers in the city were about much more than the superintendent. Still, the special treatment afforded him to get around certification laws makes an easy stand-in for the kind of cronyism voters are tired of.

The day Vallas leaves is the last day most Bridgeport residents will ever think about him, because the city will still have the same underfunded school district and social problems it had before he got here. That’s been the story with miracle-working school reformers from the beginning.

Vallas, meanwhile, will almost certainly find some other well-paying job. But he’d rather leave on his own terms than be fired or ruled ineligible.

His supporters know he’s leaving — or should, if they’re listening to him. And yet the city is spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend him at the Supreme Court, all for the sake of what will likely amount to another few months on the job.

The more factors that mount against him, and the greater lengths to which the city goes in ensuring he exits on his own terms, the more it looks like it’s the pride and reputation of Paul Vallas on the line rather than the well-being of Bridgeport students.

The sooner he leaves, the sooner the city can get to work on finding someone committed, long term, to doing the job.”

Truth to power is the telling it like it is…something Hugh Bailey has done once again.

A weekend of interesting news and commentary posts about Bridgeport – in case you missed them….

Bridgeport Community Bank that Bridgeport’s BOE Chair Kenneth Moales Jr won’t pay back goes under (Saturday)

In an article entitled, “State Has First Bank Failure In A Decade, the Hartford Courant reported last night that, “The Community’s Bank, with its headquarters and one branch in Bridgeport, came under the receivership of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. late Friday afternoon amid mounting losses from commercial real estate loans.”

“Shocked and saddened” is what Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said in a statement, adding “…It is not clear how the state could allow this to happen.”

Shocked?

Not clear how the state could allow this to happen?

What Mayor Finch failed to reveal and the Hartford Courant didn’t report is that The Community Bank is one of the mortgage holders that Finch campaign treasurer and Bridgeport Board of Education Chairman, Kenneth Moales Jr, has failed to repay.

Since April of this year, Wait, What? readers have been learning about the massive financial problems facing Moales his church.

Read it at: http://jonathanpelto.com/2013/09/14/bridgeport-community-bank-bridgeports-boe-chair-kenneth-moales-jr-wont-pay-back-goes/

“I am going to keep this job till someone says I can’t” (Paul Vallas 9-14-13) (Saturday)

Ah, Paul… A Connecticut Superior Court Judge said you aren’t qualified to hold the job of superintendent in the state of Connecticut.  In fact, she actually ordered you to leave the post immediately….and you refused.

Now you are using upward toward $100,000 in precious taxpayer funds to fight the fact that someone DID tell you that you can’t keep the job.

The next chapter in your embarrassing attempt to hold on to a job that isn’t yours will take place before the Connecticut Supreme Court on September 23, 2013.

A piece of advice.  When you make sh*t up, you should at least make an attempt to try and make it believable enough to not look like a fool.

Instead, according to a new story in the Connecticut Post, “Paul Vallas says he isn’t going anywhere.”

The article goes on to say, “Despite a primary last Tuesday that makes it likely school board control will shift to members who do not support him, Vallas said in an interview late last week that he is going to work in the district until he is told to stop.

Read it at: http://jonathanpelto.com/2013/09/14/going-keep-job-till-someone-says-cant-paul-vallas-9-14-13/

The Connecticut Post’s Tale of two cities(Sunday)

While one Connecticut Post article yesterday featured Bridgeport’s faux superintendent of schools, Paul Vallas saying “I am going to keep this job till someone says I can’t,” Hugh Bailey, an editorial writer at the paper was observing in another piece that, “At school reform’s center, a resounding ‘no’.”

As Hugh Bailey so clearly noted in his commentary piece, while Mayor Bill Finch says “I want to keep Paul Vallas…He’s going to stay as long as I can keep him here,” the people impacted by the policies being foisted upon them by Finch and Vallas are clearly saying NO!

Read it at: http://jonathanpelto.com/2013/09/15/connecticut-posts-tale-two-cities/

The Connecticut Post’s Tale of two cities

While one Connecticut Post article yesterday featured Bridgeport’s faux superintendent of schools, Paul Vallas saying “I am going to keep this job till someone says I can’t,” Hugh Bailey, an editorial writer at the paper was observing in another piece that, “At school reform’s center, a resounding ‘no’.”

As Hugh Bailey so clearly noted in his commentary piece, while Mayor Bill Finch says “I want to keep Paul Vallas…He’s going to stay as long as I can keep him here,” the people impacted by the policies being foisted upon them by Finch and Vallas are clearly saying NO!

Bailey highlights the fact that while Paul Vallas says he is “making progress,” a prime example of Bridgeport’s rejection of the Vallas/Finch education reform agenda could be seen at Bridgeport’s Dunbar School.

Earlier this year, in a deal between Paul Vallas and Stefan Pryor, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, the Bridgeport’s Dunbar elementary school was handed over to a charter school management company based in Hartford, Connecticut.  Jumoke Academy and its parent company, FUSE Inc., are now being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to “turnaround” the Dunbar School.

For years, the State of Connecticut and the City of Bridgeport have failed to properly fund Dunbar and other schools in high poverty areas of the state.  However, instead of treating Dunbar and its students, parents and teachers fairly and providing the schools with the funds it needed, Vallas, Pryor and the other leaders of the education reform industry movement not only hired a well-connected company to run Dunbar, but then – and only then – provided millions of dollars in new funding for the school and its students.

None of those involved in this sham ever told Dunbar’s parents that the COO of Jumoke Academy/FUSE Inc., is a member of the State Board of Education.   And Finch, Vallas, Pryor and Malloy certainly never explained to the community that the state could easily have made the extra investment in Dunbar without having to turn management of the school over to a private entity.

But what is clear after reading Hugh Bailey’s commentary piece is that the voters of Bridgeport are not fooled by Vallas, Pryor, Finch and Malloy.

As Bailey writes, “There were six candidates running for school board last week. Three, endorsed by the city’s Democratic Party, were vocal supporters of the current superintendent and the changes his team has made. The three challengers were just as outspoken in opposition. At Dunbar, the three endorsed candidates received 67, 73 and 79 votes. The three challengers received 231, 216 and 212 votes.

The facts speak for themselves.  At the very school that serves as the symbol of the Vallas’ “progress” and his approach to public education, the candidates opposed to Vallas and the corporate education reformers did THREE TIMES BETTER than those endorsed by the Democratic Party establishment and who are committed to individuals and an agenda that is undermining public education in Connecticut.

Paul Vallas said, “”I am going to keep this job till someone says I can’t.”

Putting aside the fact that the Connecticut Superior Court has already ruled Vallas can’t keep his job; if public officials were looking for messages, the voters of Bridgeport sent a pretty clear one last Tuesday about who needs to be looking for new jobs…and at the top of that list was Paul Vallas, Bill Finch, Stefan Pryor and Dannel Malloy.

You can read Hugh Bailey’s piece at:http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Hugh-Bailey-At-school-reform-s-center-a-4814723.php while you can read the piece about Vallas at:http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Vallas-says-I-am-making-progress-4814988.php.

On Vallas and Education Reform: CT Post’s Hugh Bailey calls it like it is…(again!)

Once again, Hugh Baily has produced a commentary piece worthy of national attention.

In it, Bailey writes, “Bridgeport didn’t ask to be a microcosm for the national education debate, but that’s part of the deal when a rock star comes to town.

Ground zero for school reform is usually someplace like New York or Chicago, maybe Newark. It’s always a system with overwhelming needs, and invariably one where reformers would never deign to send their own children.

The fight over Paul Vallas puts Bridgeport in the spotlight. And it’s becoming clear that many of the strategies that have long held sway are wearing out their welcome.

School reform has for more than a decade meant a headlong dash in one direction, toward more testing, less protection for teachers, more faith in miracle workers. At the heart of the debate is whether educators should be running things. It sounds like a simple enough proposition, but one of the central tenets of education reform as commonly practiced is that educators might belong in the classroom (maybe), but have no business in administration. Vallas, the admired and maligned superintendent of Bridgeport schools, personifies this debate.

Vallas is not an educator. He used to make a habit of announcing that fact as if it were a badge of honor. Even as he has led school systems in three major cities, he has never pursued an education degree.”

And then Bailey focuses his readers on the facts explaining;

“Connecticut law, though, requires an educator as superintendent, which Vallas and his allies suddenly find to be extremely inconvenient.

But none of it should be considered accidental. Reformers are proud of the fact that their leaders aren’t educators, as if only people outside the system are clear-headed enough to knock some sense into a failing system.

This makes sense in the same way that it would be a good idea for the Yankees to hire some corporate CEO to run their baseball operations rather than someone who maybe knows a little bit about baseball.

A judge ruled that Vallas’ three-credit, two phone-call UConn course did not qualify as an education degree. If the Supreme Court agrees, which would appear likely, it would be a blow to a movement that loves its celebrities and appears to believe rules should not apply to them.

Bridgeport also bucked a national trend last year when it voted against mayoral control of the school board. This is another one of the reformers’ most-prized policies, even though evidence in its favor is mixed at best. The unquestioned effect is to remove voters from school system oversight, which did not sit well with local residents. Despite a well-funded campaign to convince people it was in the students’ best interests, mayoral control went down to a resounding defeat.

That the opposition is getting anywhere is remarkable. All the political power is on the side of the reformers, and that goes for Bridgeport, the state of Connecticut and the nation. For all the special treatment allotted to Vallas, there has been only one person in a position of any authority, Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, to call him on it.”

Bailey concludes with;

“School reform is running into increased resistance nationally, and it doesn’t help that any number of high-profile, billionaire-backed reformers have been exposed as cheats and frauds.

It’s a movement that may have already crested. More people are understanding that what troubled schools actually need, like real resources and integrated classrooms, are not the goals of today’s reformers. And there is a growing understanding that it is not a school but society in general that is failing too many people who live in poverty, and that to dump all the blame on teachers who are working to help those children is not only unfair but counterproductive.

There is a counter movement to school reform developing, slowly. Bridgeport could again find itself at the center of it.”

You can find Bailey’s powerful commentary piece at: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Hugh-Bailey-Holes-in-the-fabric-of-school-reform-4704042.php

What has democracy ever done for Bridgeport, anyway? (By CT Post’s Hugh Bailey)

It’s only July and the Connecticut Post’s Assistant Editorial Page Editor, Hugh Bailey, has already guaranteed himself a top spot in the “best commentary pieces of 2013” competition with his latest column entitled “Fighting democracy a losing battle.”

Already known for his insightful, hard-hitting and witty pieces, Bailey really outdoes himself with his latest piece that was published in last Friday’s Connecticut Post.

This time Hugh Bailey writes;

“The state’s largest city is an afterthought at the Capitol. The rest of Fairfield County, unimaginably rich by comparison, is just fine leaving Bridgeport to deal with the prisons, the power plants and anything else the wealthier among us would rather not have to drive past every day.

The game is rigged against the city. Counting on that system to bring positive change to Bridgeport is a waste of energy.

So, sure, the city’s school reform agenda the past two years has been shockingly undemocratic. But Mayor Bill Finch at the very start made clear that, in his view, sometimes democracy doesn’t work.

And he’s done little else since then but try to prove the point.

A partial list of highlights — springing a radical, months-in-the-making school board takeover on the public just days before it was made official; putting off as long as possible a court-ordered election so an appointed board could “lock in” changes; pushing a charter revision to take away an elected school board by calling it “education governance reforms”; and all that was before the Paul Vallas mess, where an illegitimate board hired a legally unqualified superintendent.

It’s quite a record.”

Bailey continues;

“But, the argument goes, the system being what it is, maybe some corners needed to be cut.

There are two problems with that. One is that there’s little reason to believe the reforms will accomplish what they were sold to do. “School reform” has a poor record of changing schools for the better.

The other problem is that all those actions give the message that you have no regard for the views of the people you’re ostensibly supposed to be helping — those being the actual residents of Bridgeport.

But if your philosophy is that democracy doesn’t work, as Finch told the state school board two years ago, none of that matters. The messy trappings of democracy, like voting and legal statutes and court decisions, are inconveniences, or worse.

Again proving that point, Finch decided it was a good idea to attack the integrity of the judge who ruled against Vallas twice in the past two weeks, first by pointing out that she has no kids in the Bridgeport school system, which is not actually among the criteria for deciding cases, and then by declaring that an “impartial” judge at the appellate level would give the city a fairer shot.

Is the mayor indicating he wants to start a crusade against potential conflicts of interest? Maybe he can start with the City Council.

Like it or not, our system of laws is the one we have, and making exceptions for celebrity superintendents or anyone else is only going to bring trouble.”

Bailey closes with;

“Speaking of Vallas, he needs to go. He’s leaving anyway. He’s had one foot out the door from the day he arrived. The notion that he — that anyone — can swoop in, make some changes, lock them into place and get out of town is farcical.

One judge has ruled against him already, and the state Supreme Court has proven it doesn’t look kindly on the whole “the rules don’t apply to us” routine when it comes to Bridgeport education.

That’s the peril of this strategy. The mayor of Bridgeport might believe democracy doesn’t work. He might even convince the governor. Clearly the state education commissioner is on board.

But those judges — they’re tougher to bring around. And without them on your side, all that hard work that went into enacting anti-democratic reforms takes you right back where you started.

There is a bright side, though. There’s another school board election in a few months, one that could finally shift power in a new direction and give a chance for real, lasting reform. Democracy gets another chance.”

This is a piece definitely worth bookmarking and you can find the original at: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Hugh-Bailey-Fighting-democracy-a-losing-battle-4662376.php

CT Post’s Hugh Bailey writes “The miracle turnaround specialist is a myth”

When it comes to revealing the truth about the education reform industry’s efforts here in Connecticut, the Connecticut Post’s Hugh Bailey has become the “shining light” of editorial writing.  His commentary pieces are accurate, perceptive and go a long way toward ensuring greater public understanding of this controversy.

In a piece on Friday, Bailey took on the concept of the “miracle turnaround specialist,” rightfully calling it a myth.  He understands that improving educational achievement requires a long-term, comprehensive approach to dealing with issues such as poverty, language barriers and the need for special education services, as well as organizational and funding issues related to our schools.

Bailey starts out by recalling that,

“In the late 1990s, Houston public schools experienced a miracle. Test scores shot up while high school dropout rates fell to unheard-of levels. In a district filled with low-income and at-risk students, the turnaround was hailed as a model for the rest of the country, and the superintendent, Rod Paige, went on to become U.S. secretary of education under George W. Bush.

As it turned out, it was all a lie. Average test scores went up because students who were likely to do poorly were not allowed to take them. Dropout rates were simply fabricated.

Rod Paige may have been a fraud, but Houston was just a precursor. Other urban school districts around the country fell under the sway of their own miracle-workers, each boasting a special turnaround plan — New York City, Washington, D.C., even Hartford. And, of course, there were Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, each a former stop for Paul Vallas, recently deposed as superintendent of the Bridgeport public school system.”

Bailey goes on to explain,

“More than a decade into the nationwide school reform craze, it ought to be clear there are no saviors. There is no knight arriving on his white horse, as Mayor Bill Finch put it during a rally in Vallas’ support.

Yet this is the essence of the pro-Vallas argument. Only a superstar can save the city. Bridgeport needs its knight, and the clearly written state law should be no impediment to letting him work his magic. The post-Vallas disasters in Chicago and Philadelphia schools, which ought to say something about the durability of these efforts, apparently don’t figure into this thinking.”

And Bailey ends with,

“As for what comes next, that will depend on an appeal. But should Vallas’ ouster stand, the city will look back at a move he made last year to close a budget deficit. The state-appointed school board — which, it can’t be restated enough, was ruled illegitimate by the state Supreme Court — on June 26, 2012, accepted a $3.5 million “forgivable” loan from the state of Connecticut. One of the conditions of the loan was that the state commissioner of education, for the duration of the three-year loan, was given the right to approve finalists for a new superintendent once Vallas leaves.

If there’s one thing Bridgeport has had enough of, it’s the helping hand of Stefan Pryor.”

It is well worth the time to read Hugh Bailey’s complete piece which can be found at: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Hugh-Bailey-The-miracle-turnaround-specialist-is-4649167.php

Comparing Wait, What? to CTEducation180…Now that is just going too far…

Call it a Father’s Day perogative, but I’m going to take a moment away from my on-going effort to educate, persuade and mobilize through “perceptive and acerbic” observations about Connecticut Government and Politics.

Normally I don’t respond to personal attacks or ill-informed commentaries that are leveled against my own commentaries.

Truth be told, I’ve always believed in Voltaire’s famous quote which goes, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”  In fact, I even believe in the more direct version of his statement which can be found in a letter he wrote on February 6, 1770, and reads, “Monsieur l’abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.”

That said, I do feel moved to respond to the observations contained in an Op. Ed. written by Terry Cowgill and published today on the CTNewsjunkie site.  The piece, “Dueling Blogs: Don’t Leave Education to the Experts,” opines about my blog, Wait, What? , claiming that I “inveigh” and my writing is “polemic.”  He even goes so far as to suggest that my opposition to the reforms being sponsored by the corporate funded education-industrial complex means that I “prefer the system the way it is.”

Now, I’m certainly open to criticism.  For example, I most definitely fall down on the job when it comes to proofreading and punctuation and my failings related to properly spelling are somewhat legendary.  Heck, I’ll even plead the Fifth when comes to the possibility that I “inveigh” from time to time or that my writing could be considered “polemic” now and then.

But to suggest that I support “the system” are fighting words…

Or worse, to compare my blog to CTEducation180, a mouth-piece of ConnCAN, the charter school advocacy organization that is connected to Commissioner Stefan Pryor’s Achievement First charter school management company, well that is going too far.

Before I go on, let me quote from Mr. Cowgill’s recent piece in case my readers haven’t had a chance to read his piece.  After noting the rise of blogs, he writes, “Here in Connecticut, the phenomenon has been most visible lately in the arena of education, where former Democratic state representative Jonathan Pelto inveighs against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and anyone who carries the mantle of “education reform.” Pelto’s blog, “Wait, What?” is a must-read for diehard public education advocates who, for obvious reasons, prefer the system the way it is.”

Cowgill adds “Pelto’s ceaseless attacks have enraged reformers who have complained that his propaganda was going unanswered. Enter PR guru and political analyst Patrick Scully, a former communications director for the state Senate Democrats. In an effort to confront Pelto last year, Scully started writing in response on his Hanging Shad blog, and also wrote for a time for the pro-reformist blog, CTEducation180, which is operated by ConnCAN. Between the two blogs, Scully devoted a great deal of real estate to deconstructing Pelto’s polemics. He stopped writing for CTEducation180 in March.”

Now, first let me say that I’d like to believe that my blog, Wait, What? represents a growing form of advocacy journalism.  I am but a foot solider in a broader effort to fill the gap that has resulted from the de-evolution of the so-called mass media.  My blog and I are dedicated to investigating and reporting on the truth, so that citizens across the political spectrum have the information they need and deserve to make informed decisions.  I definitely don’t hide my philosophical orientation, but the purpose of my blog and its work is to report the facts, as I see them, along with my political commentary and observations.

I’ll leave to others the task of comparing me to “PR guru and political analyst Patrick Scully,” but to compare Wait, What? to the drivel posted on CTEducation180 is beyond insulting.

CTEducation180 is a blog written by ConnCAN staff.  Cowgill says Scully stopped writing in March, but for months now the posts have apparently been authored by someone named Michael.  Although a couple of weeks ago, ConnCAN went back and removed Michael’s name from all of the posts.

More to the point I’d argue that comparing the two blogs is, at best, comparing apples and oranges. Wait, What? is dedicated to telling the truth.  CTEducation180 is dedicated to attacking those of us who are telling the truth.

As evidence, I’ll simply cut and paste a few of the recent things that have appeared on the ConnCAN blog Continue reading “Comparing Wait, What? to CTEducation180…Now that is just going too far…”

Will Education Commissioner Pryor, Paul Vallas and Steven Adamowski cost Malloy his job?

The corporate funded education reform industry’s assault on Connecticut’s public schools continues.

Led by Stefan Pryor, Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Paul Vallas, Bridgeport’s “Superintendent of Schools” and Steven Adamowski, Malloy’s Special Master for Windham and New London, the news is full of their efforts to undermine teachers, parents and our local schools.

After legislators initially removed some of the additional funds for Governor Malloy’s education reforms, the “budget deal” that passed the General Assembly yesterday returned much of that funding.

As a result of this latest budget vote, Malloy and his administration will be able to continue their unrelenting attack on public education in Connecticut, despite the fact that his actions are alienating parents and teachers across the state.

With over 100,000 active and retired school professionals in the state, along with tens of thousands of parents who have caught on to the damage Malloy’s policies are having on Connecticut schools and students, the political cost to Malloy could be catastrophic.

Recalling that Malloy won his last election by about 6,000 voters out of over 1 million cast; the Governor is hardly in a position to lose large blocks of voters.

But that is exactly what is happening thanks to people like Pryor, Vallas and Adamowski.

According to the last Quinnipiac public opinion survey, voters were asked whether they felt that  Dannel Malloy deserves to be reelected or whether they feel he doesn’t deserve to be reelected…Malloy’s “re-elect” number remains a dismal 42%, with 45% saying he did not deserve re-election and 14% undecided.

Malloy’s numbers were among the worst, if not the worst, in the nation.

For Malloy, the most troubling news was that only 2 in 3 Democrats believe he deserves to be re-elected and only 1 in 3 unaffiliated voters support his re-election.

The following chart shows Malloy’s level of support by party

Total Rep Dem Unaf
Yes/Deserves 42% 17% 65% 35%
No/Does  not 45% 73% 21% 50%
Don’t Know 13% 10% 12% 10%
With the election day eighteen months away, the question is becoming more and more valid…will Pryor, Vallas and Adamowski cost Malloy his governorship.

Hugh Bailey, an astute editor at the Connecticut Post came to a very similar conclusion in a recent column he wrote.  Be sure to take a look at his column which can be found at : http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Hugh-Bailey-Education-could-have-re-election-4566863.php