Questions Grow On Incoming School Chief’s Use Of Ph.D. Title, Financial Problems

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Claiming that he was “hand-picked” by Arne Duncan to be part of the corporate education reform industry, “Dr.” Terrence Carter has become a national example of what is wrong with the education reform movement.

The latest article on Carter, entitled, Questions Grow On Incoming School Chief’s Use Of Ph.D. Title, Financial Problems, can be found in today’s Hartford Courant.

Courant reporters Jon Lender and Kathy Megan write,

Questions about Terrence P. Carter’s background multiplied Tuesday, a day after the New London school board delayed a vote on approving a contract for him to start Aug. 1 as superintendent of schools.

Board members want to ask Carter about The Courant’s disclosure Friday that the Chicago school administrator had called himself doctor and Ph.D. for more than five years on the basis of a degree from what he’s called an “unaccredited” school – Lexington University – for which no campus address or Internet website can be located.

In several developments Tuesday:

•Records emerged showing that Carter, 49, filed for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy in California in 1999, and Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Illinois in 2012. Neither petition was granted, records show, because he failed to follow through on required procedures or paperwork. In 2012, he stated his liabilities at $768,649, with more than $200,000 stemming from student loans, and assets at $338,654. Two creditor banks filed objections in 2012 saying Carter “failed to accurately describe” what he owed.

•Documents from his time as a Chicago school principal show Carter used Ph.D on emails and letterheads. Some of his supporters have said it was others who attached the title to his name. The Courant found more than a dozen public documents that referred to Carter as Dr. or Ph.D.

•The resume Carter submitted to the New London school board lists a “Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies” from National Louis University in Chicago, but that school’s director of communications, Susan Barnett, said Tuesday that he never obtained the certificate.

“He was never officially awarded the degree,” even though he completed the 36 credit hours of course work, because he didn’t submit “a degree finalization form that is required,” she said. “He does not actually hold a degree from here because he never submitted the paperwork.”

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Criticism of the vetting process has been growing since it was disclosed last Friday that New London’s recruiting consultant, Nebraska-based McPherson & Jacobson LLC – which conducted a national search for candidates and pledged to perform “extensive background checks” on them – failed to turn up any of the Dr. and Ph.D. references The Courant found.

As a result, Carter was never asked where he obtained his “unaccredited” degree and whether it was appropriate to claim a doctorate.

[…]

When The Courant asked Carter more than a week ago about his unaccredited degree, he said he had earned a doctorate in theology from Hamersfield University in London. He said the doctorate would have enabled him to “practice in the ministry,” although he never did that.

A number of London educational institutions’ representatives said they’d never heard of the school. When pressed further, Carter sent The Courant a printed transcript from Lexington University. The transcript listed no campus address or Internet website for online studies.

Carter said in his email that Lexington University was “formerly known as Hamersfield University back in the 90s when I attended.” He said Tuesday that he had to be in London for several weeks annually during the three years he was pursuing his doctoral studies at Hamersfield.

An Internet search turned up a site headed “Lexington University,” which advertises for people to obtain their degrees at prices of up to several hundred dollars. It was unclear if that website is connected with the transcript sent by Carter — and he declined to answer more questions.

The Lexington University transcript said that Carter, now 49, received an A in each of 45 graduate courses on the way to a Ph.D. The transcript says that the degree was in human resource management and organizational learning, not theology. Many of the course listings related to human resources and organizational learning.

You can read the full article with all the various quotes at: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-carter-resume-0723-20140722,0,6040752.story

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New London Superintendent candidate Terrence Carter’s Financial Problems

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The Day of New London has posted a breaking story highlighting financial problems that have plagued Terrence Carter, the “education reform expert” that Special Master Steven Adamowski and the Malloy administration have been pushing for the job of superintendent of schools in New London.

The Day of New London newspaper is reporting,

according to court documents, Carter has a history of defaulting on financial obligations and has filed for bankruptcy in two states. His claims, though, were dismissed because he failed to appear at a court-scheduled meeting or file required paperwork.

In a Feb. 3, 2012, filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, Carter claimed a total of $768,649 in liabilities, including $211,224 in student loan obligations, and reported $338,654 in assets. He listed his average monthly income as $7,134.53 and claimed $4,758 in monthly household expenses, according to documents filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Northern District of Illinois.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows a debtor who earns a regular income to propose a plan to repay debts over a three- or five-year period, according to court documents.

Carter’s filing lists 14 creditors, including American Express, Citibank, Sallie Mae and the U.S. Department of Education.

Panos Brothers Construction and Painting, an Illinois-based company listed as a creditor in Carter’s 2012 bankruptcy filing, placed a contractor’s lien on Carter’s Chicago condo in January 2012.

According to forms filed by the company’s attorney, Carter hired the company to renovate and paint his Chicago condo but never paid the $18,512 bill.

A copy of the signed contract, which was included in court filings, details the anticipated prices for painting and carpeting three bedrooms, installing engineered wood flooring in a handful of rooms, and other work.

The contract was signed June 30, 2011, and Panos Brothers completed the work by Sept. 8, 2011, documents show. On Nov. 29, 2011, Panos Brothers sent Carter an invoice for the outstanding $18,512.

The bankruptcy case was dismissed by the judge on July 19, 2012, because Carter “failed to file the required documents,” according to the court order. Carter’s repayment plan was not confirmed by the court and “appears to be unfeasible as the debtors disposable income is less than the proposed plan payments,” according to the order.

The contractor’s lien on Carter’s property was released on Sept. 25, 2013, after he and Panos Brothers agreed to a settlement, according to records from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

And in 1999, while Carter was living and working in California, he filed paperwork in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Northern District of California for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the chapter of the bankruptcy code that allows for the liquidation of the debtor’s property to repay creditors.

Court documents show that Carter filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 4, 1999, and was indebted to a number of banks, student loan companies and Saks Fifth Avenue.

On Dec. 22, 1999, the California judge dismissed the case because Carter had failed to appear at a meeting with his creditors, according to the court documents.

In an email Monday, Carter said, “These events are of a personal family matter, and have been settled. They were disclosed to the search and selection committees, and Board of Education.”

While many recognize that family and personal issues should not automatically prohibit someone for a public post, considering that a superintendent of schools is responsible for tens of millions of dollars in public funds, “Dr.” Terrence Carter is likely to face additional questions as he faces a contract vote on Thursday.

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The Beginning of the end for the Charter School Industry in Connecticut

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Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy ushered in the Charter School Industry to Connecticut as part of his corporate education reform initiative in 2012.  As part of his “education reforms,”

  •  Malloy became the only Democratic governor in the nation to propose doing away with teacher tenure and repealing collective bargaining for teachers in so-called “turnaround schools.”
  • Malloy uttered his infamous observation that all teachers had to do was show up for four years and they’d get tenure.
  • In defense of his plans to implement the unfair, inappropriate and expensive Common Core and Common Core testing scheme, Malloy said he didn’t mind teaching to the test as long as the test scores went up.
  • And Malloy handed Connecticut’s State Department of Education over to corporate education reform aficionados like Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Special Master Steven Adamowski, education reformer extraordinaire Paul Vallas and the charter school industry.

In the past two and a half years, Connecticut taxpayers have we seen tens of millions of dollars in public funds diverted to feed the monster known as the emerging education reform industry.

Scarce taxpayer resources wasted on the Common Core, the Common Core Test, the unfair teacher evaluation program and for charter schools that fail to meet the most basic standards of accountability.

But over the past few months, the tide has been turning and the  truth about Malloy, Malloy’s administration, the “education reformers” and the charter schools have been coming out.

The collapse of the Jumoke/FUSE charter school chain was just the beginning – the time has come when the education reformers will finally be held accountable for their actions.

As the Hartford Courant is reporting today in an article entitled, More Federal Subpoenas In Hartford Charter School Probe,

HARTFORD — City and state educators said Monday that they had been served with subpoenas by a federal grand jury examining the expenditure of millions of dollars in public money by the troubled charter school management company FUSE.

The subpoenas were issued Friday to the Hartford Public Schools and the state Department of Education, both of which have had extensive dealings with the state-subsidized FUSE, short for the Family Urban Schools of Excellence.

FUSE was created in 2012 as a management company that used public and private money to take over failing, inner-city public schools and operate them as public charter schools. FUSE’s management agreements with public school systems gave it wide discretion over spending on salaries, rents, curriculum, equipment and other items.

A series of embarrassing disclosures in the past month appears to have crippled FUSE, costing the organization all its management business, worth more than $1 million a year. The closely affiliated Jumoke Academy fired FUSE as manager of its three Hartford charter schools. Schools in Bridgeport and New Haven severed ties with FUSE, and educators in Louisiana, concerned about events in Connecticut, pulled FUSE from a charter school set to open in Baton Rouge next month.

The public is learning the truth and the charter school industry and their public official allies will finally be held accountable for their actions.

You can read the full Hartford Courant story on this developing situation at: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-fuse-0722-20140721,0,3308874.story

New London Board of Education puts off vote on superintendent till Thursday

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The Hartford Courant is reporting the latest news on the “Dr.” Terrence Carter debacle…and while Carter is the Malloy administration’s choice for New London Superintendent of Schools, allegations that he falsified continue to build.

The Hartford Courant story entitled, Vote Off On Incoming School Chief Who Called Himself Ph.D. Without Accredited Doctorate, explains;

The New London school board Monday postponed a vote to approve a contract for Terrence P. Carter as its new schools superintendent after The Courant disclosed that Carter has been calling himself “doctor” and “Ph.D.” for more than five years on the basis of what he’s described as a degree from an “unaccredited” university.

“We had a number of questions,” said Margaret Mary “Peg” Curtin, president of the Board of Education.

She said board members plan to meet in a closed-door session with Carter on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Science & Technology Magnet High School in New London. After that, she said, the board will meet in a public session, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., to consider approving a contract.

Meanwhile, stories, blogs and jokes about “Dr.” Terrence Carter are popping up across the country as news about “Dr.” Terrence Carter reaches other public education advocates.

Check out the following from public education advocates and bloggers.

George Schmidt. Here a doctor. There a doctor.

Call me Dr. Klonsky, if you please.

Ten minute drawing. CPS central office. Is there a real doctor in the house?

And there are a growing number of news stories as well,

New London school board cancels meeting, delaying vote on new superintendent

Incoming New London superintendent’s references to Ph.D. at issue on eve of contract vote

Without An Accredited Doctorate

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Malloy Administration looks to stick it to public education yet again…

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Proving that there is apparently no bounds to the arrogance and sense of entitlement displayed by Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy and his administration, the Day newspaper of New London is reporting that,

“The [New London] Board of Education will go forward with its scheduled vote tonight on the contract for newly hired Superintendent Terrence P. Carter despite questions about whether he misrepresented his academic record…”

This news comes despite a scathing investigative story written by Jon Lender of the Hartford Courant on Friday.  In the article entitled, “Incoming School Chief Called Himself Ph.D. For Years Without An Accredited Doctorate,” Lender wrote,

“…a Courant review of records available in the public domain shows that Carter has called himself “doctor,” or identified himself as a Ph.D., for more than five years prior to his very recent completion of requirements for a doctorate.

The titles show up next to his name more than a dozen times, including a 2008 listing of “Terrence Carter, Ph.D.” on an attendance list for a symposium. He’s called “Dr. Terrence Carter” on IRS documents filed from 2010-2012. He used “Ph.D.” when he reviewed a 2012 book on “Common Core” educational standards.

Those documents don’t indicate where that doctorate came from. Carter said they’re not references to his anticipated doctorate from Lesley University in Massachusetts. Instead, he says he obtained a doctorate in 1996 from an unaccredited school, Lexington University.”

Although faced with undeniable proof that “Dr.” Terrence Carter repeatedly claimed to have a Ph.D. over the past eight years, when he had no such accredited degree, Governor Malloy’s mouthpiece, Special Master Steven Adamowski, is pushing the New London Board of Education for a quick vote to approve “Dr.” Terrence Carter as New London’s next public school superintendent.

Adamowski told the Day,

“It is unfortunate that this information could not be raised or addressed earlier in the process. With that said, the subject matter has been raised at this point and we are confident that the Board will consider all factors when making their further decisions.”

Unfortunate that this information could not be raised or addressed earlier in the process?

As the Hartford Courant reported “Dr.” Terrence Carter has claimed to have a Ph.D. on multiple occasions.

At one point it was reported that his doctorate came from Stanford University.  In another, Carter received his doctorate from a joint program at Stanford University and Oxford University in England.

And yet, at other times, Carter produced a résumé claiming he had or was going to get a Doctorate from Lesley University School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  One version of his resume claimed that the degree was expected in 2013.

Now, as his defense, “Dr.” Terrence Carter is claiming that it is all a big misunderstanding and that he never personally claimed to have a doctorate – it was only others who mistakenly called him “Dr.”

However, new evidence from the State of Illinois indicates that “Dr.” Terrence Carter has personally taken steps to claim that he had acquired a Ph.D. and may have personally benefited, at taxpayer expense, from that faulty claim.

The Family Taxpayer Foundation of Illinois, a nonprofit watchdog group, maintains a Teacher and Administrator Salary Database using information acquired from the Illinois State Board of Education (see http://familytaxpayers.org/ftf/ftf_salaries.php).  The Illinois State Board of Education is responsible for maintaining the certification status for teachers and administrators in that state.

According to the database, Terrence Carter listed his educational status as having a master’s degree in 2006 – 2008, but then changed his status claiming that he had acquired a doctorate.  The database indicates the Terrence Carter said he had a doctorate in 2009 and 2010.

The Illinois Report includes the following;

2006
Name: Carter Terrence P
Salary: $112,164
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 2.0
Degree: Master’s
School Name: BARTON ELEM SCHOOL
District Name: CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299

2007
Name: Carter Terrence P
Salary: $118,856
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 4
Degree: Master’s
School Name: CHICAGO ACADEMY ELEM SCHOOL
District Name: CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299

2008
Name: Carter, Terrence P
Salary: $133,203
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 5
Degree: Master’s
School Name: CATALYST CIRCLE ROCK ELEM SCHOO
District Name: City of Chicago SD 299

2009
Name: Carter, Terrence
Salary: $132,834
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 6
Degree: Doctorate
School Name: Barton Elem School
District Name: City of Chicago SD 299

2010
Name: Carter, Terrence
Salary: $142,128
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 7
Degree: Doctorate
School Name: Barton Elem School
District Name: City of Chicago SD 299

Despite the pressure from the Malloy administration, the members of the New London Board of Education need to stand up and do what is right for the students, teachers and taxpayers of New London.

Anything short of rejecting the contract with “Dr.” Terrence Carter and finding a new superintendent with integrity would be to acknowledge that the New London Board believes politics is more important than policy.

For more on the New London Board of Education read the following Wait, What? blogs;

Meet the latest Corporate Education Reform Industry Charlatan “Dr.” Terrence Carter

“Dr.” Terrence Carter – Lexington University:  Order Now, Graduate Today

And the Hartford Courant article at: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-carter-resume-0716-20140718,0,7548087.story

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“Dr.” Terrence Carter – Lexington University:  Order Now, Graduate Today

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The individual known as “Dr.” Terrence Carter – who, thanks to Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor and Special Master Steven Adamowski is scheduled to be hired by the New London Board of Education on Monday told the Hartford Courant that he received his doctorate from “Lexington University.”

As the Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender reports,

On Thursday when pressed further on the Hamersfield degree, Carter sent The Courant a printed transcript from Lexington University. The transcript listed no campus address or Internet website for online studies.

A web search turned up a site headed “Lexington University,” which advertises for people to get their degrees at prices of up to several hundred dollars. It’s unclear if that website is connected with the transcript sent by Carter – and he declined to answer more questions.

“I have nothing further to say on this matter,” he wrote late Thursday in response to a follow-up email.

So where is and what is Lexington University.

Lexington University photo

Could it be this?

http://lexingtonuniversity.com/

As Lexington University’s “website” explains, “What are the Graduation Package Fees?”

Graduation Package Fees are based on degree level:

High School Diploma:
$99.00
*price includes diploma and one official transcript with unlimited lifetime verification

Associate:
$99.00
*price includes diploma and one official transcript with unlimited lifetime verification

Bachelor:
$125.00
*price includes diploma and one official transcript with unlimited lifetime verification

Masters:
$175.00
*price includes diploma and one official transcript with unlimited lifetime verification

Doctorate:
$225.00
*price includes diploma and one official transcript with unlimited lifetime verification

 

So “Dr.” Terrance Carter….

How about coughing up the truth….

Just which Lexington University did you “attend”?

The one that charges $225 for a Doctorate and the “price includes iploma and one official transcript and unlimited lifetime verification —– or was it another Lexington University you attended?

Or maybe you actually did graduate from Stanford as you had claimed earlier?

Or maybe it was Stanford and Oxford?

Or maybe it was Lesley University?

All we know is that you started using Ph.D eight years ago.

For more about this breaking story go to:

Meet the latest Corporate Education Reform Industry Charlatan “Dr.” Terrence Carter

http://jonathanpelto.com/2014/07/18/meet-the-latest-corporate-education-industry-charlatan/

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Meet the latest Corporate Education Reform Industry Charlatan “Dr.” Terrence Carter

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Incoming School Chief Called Himself Ph.D. For Years Without An Accredited Doctorate

For more than eight years, “Dr.” Terrence Carter, the incoming New London superintendent of schools and self-described education reform expert, bragged that he had a Ph.D.

At one point, Carter’s bio materials claimed that he had a doctorate from Stanford University.

In another article his doctorate came from a joint program between Stanford and Oxford.

And more recently he claimed his doctorate was from Leslie University.

But it was all a lie.

Interestingly he also claimed that he was hand-picked to be an education reform leader by none-other than the Arne Duncan, President Obama’s anti-teacher, anti-public education, pro-Common Core Secretary of Education.

In a breaking news story written by the Hartford Courant’s investigative reporter Jon Lender, we now learn that the incoming New London superintendent of schools is an expert —- an expert at falsifying his resume.

And just watch how the Malloy administration, Commissioner Stefan Pryor, and Special Master Steven Adamowski try to explain this embarrassment.

After reading the Courant article, one thing is clear.

The New London Board of Education is scheduled to vote on “Dr.” Terrence Carter’s lucrative contract on Monday night.

Before that meeting, Malloy and Pryor need to make sure that Carter withdraws his name from consideration.

And if Malloy and Pryor fail to do that, then the New London Board needs to reject Carter and re-open the search.

To actually hire “Dr. Terrance Carter for the post would be to telegraph to every student, teacher, parent and taxpayer in Connecticut that doctoring one’s resume is just the way things are done when it comes to the corporate education reform industry in Connecticut.

The Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender writes,

Terrence P. Carter, the highly touted Chicago education administrator hired to start Aug. 1 as the superintendent of New London‘s troubled school system, recently completed requirements for a doctorate he’s scheduled to receive next month.

“Soon I will be able to be called ‘Doctor’,” he said he recalls telling job interviewers.

But a Courant review of records available in the public domain shows that Carter has called himself “doctor,” or identified himself as a Ph.D, for more than five years prior to his very recent completion of requirements for a doctorate.

The titles show up next to his name more than a dozen times, including a 2008 listing of “Terrence Carter, Ph.D.” on an attendance list for a symposium. He’s called “Dr. Terrence Carter” on IRS documents filed from 2010-2012. He used “Ph.D.” when he reviewed a 2012 book on “Common Core” educational standards.

Those documents don’t indicate where that doctorate came from. Carter said they’re not references to his anticipated doctorate from Lesley University in Massachusetts. Instead, he says he obtained a doctorate in 1996 from an unaccredited school, Lexington University.

When asked about the degree Tuesday, Carter first had told The Courant that he earned a doctorate in theology from Hamersfield University in London. In a phone interview, he said that the doctorate would enable him to “practice in the ministry.”

On Thursday when pressed further on the Hamersfield degree, Carter sent The Courant a printed transcript from Lexington University. The transcript listed no campus address or Internet website for online studies.

A web search turned up a site headed “Lexington University,” which advertises for people to get their degrees at prices of up to several hundred dollars. It’s unclear if that website is connected with the transcript sent by Carter – and he declined to answer more questions.

“I have nothing further to say on this matter,” he wrote late Thursday in response to a follow-up email.

Carter said in his email that Lexington University was “formerly known as Hamersfield University back in the 90s when I attended.” He had said Tuesday he had to be in London for several weeks annually during the three years he was pursuing his doctoral studies at Hamersfield.

The Lexington University transcript said that Carter, now 49, received an A in each of 45 graduate courses on the way to a Ph.D.

The transcript indicates the degree was in Human Resource Management and Organizational Learning, not theology. Many of the course listings related to human resources, organizational leadership and management – and at the time Carter was employed in corporate human resources.

None of the course listings appeared related to theology.

Carter’s situation arises a month after a key figure in Connecticut’s school “turnaround” movement, Michael Sharpe, resigned on June 21 as CEO of the Hartford charter school management group FUSE. His exit followed his admission that he had falsely claimed to have a doctorate.

State and local education officials say that they have verified Carter’s claim to have completed the requirements for Aug. 25 award of a Ph.D in educational studies from Lesley University.

But they never checked into Carter’s use of the title “doctor” and “Ph.D.” in past years, because they say that it didn’t turn up in the national search that a consultant conducted to fill the New London job.

The recruiting consultant, Nebraska-based McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, said in March that it would be “conducting extensive background checks on the candidates.” One of the firm’s team members says that said she did several Google searches on Carter, but failed to turn up even one of the numerous “Dr.” and “Ph.D.” references that the Courant found.

Carter, whose contract in New London will be voted on by the school board Monday, said he didn’t believe it was misleading to have called himself a “doctor.

And it gets worse…

Be sure to go read the entire Hartford Courant article at: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-carter-resume-0716-20140718,0,7548087.story

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Capital Prep’s Steve Perry to headline Koch Brothers’ event

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This coming week, the Charles Koch Institute is sponsoring a forum, “featuring a panel talk with representatives of charter schools and conservative think tanks” at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

The panel includes none-other-than Steve Perry, the principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut….which is ironically identified as a charter school in the event program.

As Wait, What? readers are painfully aware, lthough a full-time employee of the Hartford public schools, Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy and his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, gave Perry permission to open a taxpayer-funded charter school in Bridgeport, despite the fact that there is no money in the budget for the school and the State of Connecticut is facing a $1.4 billion projected deficit next year.

But underfunding magnet and district schools, while dramatically expanding taxpayer funds for charter schools, is nothing new for Malloy, Pryor and the corporate education reform industry.

Meanwhile, Perry has spent the last few years trying to persuade Hartford officials to hand over existing public schools to a  private charter school management company that Perry set  up while serving as a public school principal.

According to the Connecticut Secretary of State, Perry’s company, which uses the same name as the public school he works for, is registered at his home.

However, according to the IRS, Perry’s company is located at the public school where he works, which is a violation of conflict of interest and ethics laws in Connecticut.

Regardless of the apparent irregularities with his private work, the Malloy administration’s decision to give Perry his own charter school will mean that Perry’s company will collect nearly $30 million in taxpayer funds over the next five years, and that doesn’t even count the other costs that will be picked up by the state of Connecticut and the City of Bridgeport.

Steve Perry, of course, is infamous for his November 2013 Twitter diatribe.

After the Hartford Board of Education failed to turn over two public schools to Perry’s private company, he Tweeted

Dr. Steve Perry‏@DrStevePerry
“The only way to lose a fight is to stop fighting. All this did was piss me off. It’s so on. Strap up, there will be head injuries.

While such a comment would get any other public school administrator, teacher or student arrested, fired or suspended, neither the Hartford superintendent of schools nor the Hartford Board of Education took any disciplinary action against Perry for his actions.

Perry is also fond of calling Diane Ravitch, the country’s leading public school advocate, and Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, racists.

In fact, Perry’s bullying and failure to fulfill his administrative duties appropriately have generated a series of pending lawsuits from former employees who allege that they were abused and mistreated by the man who calls himself, “America’s Most Trusted Educator.”

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Why students leave high school (By Wendy Lecker)

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Wendy Lecker’s latest commentary piece for the Stamford Advocate and Hearst Media Group pushes aside the rhetoric coming from the corporate education reform industry and its allies like Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy and his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor.

Instead Lecker lays out the real issues about graduation rates and why high school students leave school.  It is another “Must Read” piece and the complete article can be found at:  Lecker: Why students leave high school.

Wendy Lecker writes;

Graduation rates, one barometer of a state’s or nation’s success in educating its children, are great fodder for political recriminations and grandiose claims. Pundits and politicians manipulate numbers to disparage public schools or claim victory in some reform they champion. However, serious conversations about the humans behind the numbers are rarely the subject of media attention.

A recent report attempted to look beyond statistics and explore the reasons teens disengage from school. Researchers at America’s Promise Alliance interviewed more than 200 adolescents in 16 high-poverty urban communities across the country, and surveyed more than 3,000 teens in diverse communities across all 50 states. The resulting report, “Don’t Call them Dropouts,” provides insights into why students leave high school.

The researchers found a cluster of factors causing students to interrupt their education. The majority experienced three or more “toxic” factors in their lives, including: homelessness, violence, an incarcerated parent, the need to care for or economically support a parent or siblings, frequent school transfers, foster care, personal or family health traumas, and living in unsafe environments. Many of the teens experienced one stressor too many, causing them to leave school behind. Compounding these traumas, students spoke of feeling unseen at school. Those who returned to school often were encouraged to do so by a caring adult. For many, a personal connection is what brought them back to or kept them in school.

It is striking that most of the factors affecting a student’s decision to leave school occur outside school. These students are forced to deal with life experiences no teen should have to endure. Society does not provide the institutions to mitigate the stress in these students’ lives. That responsibility falls on schools. Thus, it is essential that schools be given the tools to help at-risk teens overcome these outside obstacles to learning. Those tools include academic and social supports, and opportunities for students to find connections and relevance. Since the research shows that dropping out is a long-term process, these resources need to be present in school from the early years.

Yet many of the schools in these communities are under-funded and cannot provide those resources. This lack of resources is at issue in Connecticut’s school funding case, CCJEF v. Rell. The needy Connecticut districts at issue in the case do not have adequate remedial support, social workers, guidance counselors, psychologists, security staff, electives, clubs, sports, AP courses, reasonable class size and other resources to provide at-risk students with the individual connection they need.

Giving schools the necessary resources produces tangible results. A recent review of school finance reform across the United States, conducted for the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that increasing school funding by 20 percent increased the likelihood of graduation in poor students by 23 percent. During full implementation of its school finance reform, New Jersey virtually closed the graduation gap between white and African-American males. Money matters in education, especially to the most at-risk children.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would tell us that Connecticut’s graduation rate increased some, so there is no need to fund our neediest schools adequately. However, as Trinity College‘s Robert Cotto has pointed out, the State Department of Education refuses to release data that would allow anyone to verify these claims. Moreover, the state has pushed policies like credit recovery and online courses, which allow for manipulation of credit and grades to provide diplomas when it is doubtful that the students really learned. In Hartford, because of a merit pay system favored by the state, the district inflated grades, allowing students to pass by merely bumping them up to get passing grades. These methods of “graduating” students do not provide the resources at-risk teens need to succeed. They are merely window-dressing.

The CCJEF trial, scheduled to start this fall, will no doubt force the state to face the deprivations of at-risk teens and the schools trying to serve them. But it shouldn’t take a costly lawsuit to spur our elected officials to do the right thing for our children. Our children deserve a governor and legislature that give our schools with the resources they need to provide every child with a quality education.

Again, the full article can be found at:  http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Lecker-Why-students-leave-high-school-5616013.php

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Charter Advocates Give New Meaning To ‘Chutzpah’ (by Sarah Darer Littman)

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Charter Advocates Give New Meaning To ‘Chutzpah’ (CT Newsjunkie)

Sarah Darer Littman, pro-public school advocate, award winning columnist and parent has written one of the most powerful commentary pieces about the state of the state when it comes to the Charter School Industry and how the Malloy administration has allowed tens of millions in taxpayer funds to be diverted to people and companies that are literally felons, liars and cheats.

If there is one article to read about Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy and the rise of the corporate education reform movement in Connecticut, this is the one.

Sarah Darer Littman writes,

The traditional definition of chutzpah  is someone who kills his mother and father and then claims being an orphan as a mitigating circumstance.

I’ve been reminded of this word constantly as the FUSE/Jumoke charter scandal unfolded over the last two weeks.

L’Affaire Sharpe has been quite astonishing, because as a mere mortal, not a Crony of Dan Malloy or part of the Charter Chicanery Circus, I underwent more due diligence than Sharpe to become a creative writing instructor for an after-school program at one of the local elementary schools for the non-hefty fee of a few hundred bucks.

To teach this Afters program, run by the Cos Cob Elementary School PTA, I had to undergo a criminal background check.

Last year, when I was hired as an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU (and we know how well adjuncts are paid), before my appointment was confirmed I underwent another criminal background check, and also had to have my transcript sent from the institution where I’d received my Masters Degree. Funnily enough, it was New York University, the educational establishment where Michael Sharpe received his fictional doctorate.

Yet the members of the state Board of Education, all appointed or re-appointed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, required no such due diligence before forking over $53 million of our taxpayer dollars to “Doctor” Sharpe’s organization. Just to make things even cozier, Gov. Malloy appointed FUSE’s chief operating officer, Andrea Comer, to the state Board of Education. Comer resigned earlier this week, in order to avoid being a “distraction.” I’m afraid it’s a little too late for that.”

Every word of Sarah Darer Littman’s CTNewsjunkie commentary piece paints the ugly story surrounding Governor Malloy, his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, Pryor’s hand-picked employees and high-paid consultants and the State Board of Education.

In addition, Littman traces the relationship to no-nothing policy makers who have allowed scarce public resources to be squandered on the make-a-fast-buck industry that has been the foundation of Malloy’s education reform effort.

As you read Littman’s piece, remember that these are the same people who have forced the Common Core on our children, promoted the absurd, unfair and expensive Common Core testing scheme and the equally absurd, unfair and wasteful new teacher evaluation program.

No amount of political spin coming from Malloy or his education reform industry allies will disguise the fact that by introducing a bill to do away with teacher tenure and repeal collective bargaining rights for teachers in “turnaround schools,” Malloy became the most anti-teacher, anti-public education Democratic governor in the nation.

As Sarah Darer Littman concludes,

“I guess no one in Hartford was watching the cookie jar — too much cronyism and not enough good government.”

You can find this MUST READ piece at: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/op-ed_charter_advocates_give_new_meaning_to_chutzpah/

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