Windham and New London: Beware of False Prophets:

When Windham’s high school students return to school in a few weeks, they won’t be returning to Windham High.  Instead they will be choosing between attending “STEM (The Science Technology Engineering & Math Academy” and “The Humanities & the Arts Academy.”

Instead of principals, there will be two Headmasters and two new Deans of Student.

But a note to parents and local political leaders;  It should come as no surprise that just because your “Special Master” calls it an academy and your principals will be called headmasters, it doesn’t mean that the students will be getting a better education.

The new program for Windham is similar in design to what Special Master Steven Adamowski did when he was in Hartford.  He says that the change will “create small learning communities” and “each academy will have a unique feel and approach to learning that best matches the interests of the students involved.”  The overall goal, he says, is to create a “rigorous choice of programs for all students to graduate with the necessary college readiness skills and knowledge.”

Adamowski often talks about his successful efforts to restructure and “re-invent” schools.  He points to his decision to split Hartford Public High School into “four themed academies.” One academy for freshman, while the others were assigned impressive names like, the academy for law and government, the academy for engineering and green technology and a third called the academy for nursing.

The Malloy Administration has been so impressed with Adamowski that not only did they name him  “Special Master” for Windham ( with a stipend of $225,000 a year plus benefits), but Malloy’s Commissioner of Education recently named him “Special Master” for New London’s Schools, as well.

And many in the media have believed Adamowski’s rhetoric.

When covering the news of his new assignment, the New London Day wrote, “As Hartford superintendent, Adamowski raised test scores in some of the city’s lowest performing schools.”

Using a ConnCAN report, Rick Green, of the Hartford Courant, once wrote that Adamowski had “tripled the rate of student achievement” in Harford.

While another Hartford Courant story reported that “to the cheers of a standing-room-only crowd of teachers, principals and parents at school district offices,” Adamowski proclaimed that “This is year three [increasing test scores]. This is a trend.”

As readers are now keenly aware, the claim that Adamowski increased test scores by turning around failing schools was primarily a result of his decision to remove about 10 percent of the lowest performing students from taking Connecticut’s state standardized tests.  By removing students most likely to get the lowest scores, Adamowski was able to artificially increase the “average” scores for the remaining students.

Well now we get another snap shot about the truth.

A story in yesterday’s Hartford Courant, After Citywide Test, Poor SAT Scores For Hartford Students, highlights the results when Hartford juniors were given the SATs this year.

The Courant story reports that of the 868 juniors who took the SAT, the scores of which can range from 200 to 800, the average scores were as follows:

Critical Reading:  367

Math: 369

Writing: 384

Colleges and universities traditionally look to the combined Reading and Math score when reviewing college applications.  The SAT’s national average for the combined reading and math is 1,011.  The average at the University of Connecticut is 1.216.

Hartford’s average combined score was 737

In addition to the overall scores, the Courant compares the city-wide numbers to the results for those students attending Adamowski’s various academies.  These are the students who were not attending magnet schools, but were attending the re-invented high school.  The average SAT scores for these students were:

Critical Reading:  336 (-31 points lower than non-academy students)

Math: 349 (-20 points lower than non-academy students)

Writing: 337 (-47 points lower than non-academy students)

The combined Reading and Math score was 685 (-52 points lower than non-academy students)

These results only reflect one test and one year, but they send a very powerful message to the parents and political leaders of Windham; Just because your Special Master calls it an academy and its principal a headmaster doesn’t mean the students will be getting a better education.

 

This is what we’re paying for?

Steven Adamowski is collecting $225,000 from Connecticut taxpayers to serve as “Special Master” of the Windham Schools.  He has so much time on his hands, Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, made Adamowski the “Special Master” for New London too.

Now comes the news that the roof at Windham’s Natchaug Elementary School is so unstable, the Windham Board of Education had to have an emergency vote to shift all the elementary students to the Windham Middle School when classes start this fall.

No public comment from the “Special Master,” but with the school year over and summer time upon us, school officials now come to an emergency decision that they need to put first- through fifth-graders into a school that already has middle school students.

Not to worry though, at least according to Windham Superintendent of Schools, Ana Ortiz, who says the elementary and middle school students will be “segregated”, that an administrator will be stationed “flanking each end of the elementary school classrooms” and elementary aged student will have a different uniform from the middle school students.

But wait?  The tiles started falling down in November 2011.  It now turns out that a study in March 2012 revealed the magnitude of the problem).  And it’s only now that the parents of Windham are hearing about the “official” solution?

Either “Special Master” Adamowski knew about the problem and did nothing during the legislative session (when emergency funding could have been sought) or worse, despite his $225,000 state funded salary, Adamowski didn’t even know Windham’s elementary school students were in so much danger that they shouldn’t even have been in the building.

Either way, the notion that this guy can juggle the job of “turning around” Windham and New London is a bad joke.

The Malloy Administration says their number one priority is turning around failing schools and they couldn’t find a single “expert” to take on New London, so Windham’s “Special Master” could focus on Windham?

Meanwhile, Adamowski owes an explanation to the parents, students, staff and residents of Windham, as well as the taxpayer’s of Connecticut.

He should start by explaining did he or didn’t he know about the multi-million dollar dangerous roof problem?

Fewer Teachers, More Administrators: Education Reform the Adamowski Way

While Bridgeport is getting the headlines (and the loans), in Windham, at the other end of the state, “Special Master” Steven “where is my pension” Adamowski continues to implement a turnaround strategy that relies on fewer teachers and more administrators.

Not satisfied with simply having a $225,000 “Special Master” and a $140,000 Superintendent of Schools (as well as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools), the Windham Board of Education will announce tonight that a Manchester Elementary School principal will become Windham’s new Deputy Superintendent of Schools.

Because, as we’ve noted before, you just can’t have too many superintendents!

In addition to the regular cadre of administrators, principals, vice principals and the like, Adamowski has also created two new administrative titles, two new people who will be called “Headmasters” and two new people who will be called “Dean of Students.”

Oh, and don’t forget the “Special Master’s” decision to create the position of  “Special Administrative Manager (SAM)” whose job it will be to oversee Windham’s  high school (which Adamowski has renamed an Academy.)

Meanwhile, when it comes to actually educating children;

70 percent of Windham students are minority, but only one in ten who work for Windham’s schools are minority.

Nearly three-quarters of Windham’s students come from households that are so poor that they receive free or reduced school lunches.

60 percent of Windham’s students are Latino and more than a third of the students aren’t fluent in English.

And 16 percent of the students receive special education services, nearly 50 percent more than most towns.

So what did Adamowski do when he arrived?

Of the first dozen teachers he laid off, three (3) were bi-lingual or English as a Second Language teachers and three (3) were special education teachers.

Instead Adamowski signed a contract with Teach For America, and although they bring tremendous energy and commitment to a school, TFA could not guarantee how many, if any, of the temporary teachers would be bi-lingual and none would be certified to provide special education services.

The notion that it is better to look good then feel good may be an acceptable strategy in Hollywood, but calling your high school an academy, your principals headmasters and having a couple of “Dean of Students” walking around doesn’t take the place of a functioning education program.

Today’s Mastery Test Question: Mr. X adds 10 to 183 but doesn’t get 193. Why and who is X?

Now, remember to read the question carefully.  Today’s CMT question:  Mr. X adds 10 to 183 but doesn’t get 193.  Why and who is X?

  • A. Stefan Pryor
  • B.  Paul Vallas
  • C.  Steven Adamowski
  • D.  Dan Malloy

Education Reformers like to TALK about extended learning time.

When introducing their “Education Reform” package on February 6, Governor Malloy, Lt. Governor Wyman and Commissioner Pryor made a special point to call for extended learning time.

And when Commissioner Pryor met with the superintendents from the 30 lowest performing districts, he explained that if those school districts wanted the $39 million that was included in this year’s “education reform” bill, they would need to use the funds for a limited set of reforms, such as “extended learning time.”

And in a recent report called “The Education Transformation Project” authored by Steven Adamowski and other Connecticut superintendents, they wrote, “High quality expanded learning time in schools is a core strategy as policymakers and educators recognize that the standard school calendar does not fit many students’ needs.  Most U.S. students attend school for an average of 6.5 hours a day, for 180 days a year. This is not nearly enough time for many students, particularly those who are English language learners…”

But it turns out that given the opportunity, “education reformers” don’t actually make it happen.

This brings us back to today’s CMT question:

“Mr. X adds 10 to 183 but doesn’t get 193.  Why and who is X?

The correct answer is (C) Steven Adamowski and the reason is; “Do what I say, not what I do”

Under Special Master Steven Adamowski’s direction, the Windham Board of Education approved a new academic calendar for the 2012-1013 school year.

Adamowski made quite a show of adding ten days to the calendar, but when the new calendar was distributed, there was still 180 days.

So how did he add 10 days and yet end with 180 days?

Because it turns out the whole exercise was a farce.  It wasn’t about extending learning time – but about extending the time students have to prepare for the Connecticut Master Tests.

Remember Governor Malloy’s comment that he doesn’t mind teaching to the test as long as students do better on the tests.

Well, in a blatant reminder about how the education reformers are driven by standardized testing, Adamowski demanded that the local board of education add 10 days to the Windham School calendar – but not to add 10 days to learning – merely to add 10 more days before the tests takes place in the hope that those ten days will lead to higher test scores.

With no public hearing and no discussion with parents about how the changes might impact families, Windham’s school year starts ten days earlier (August 23rd for teachers, august 27th for students) and the spring vacation is moved from February to March.

All this to force teachers to spend more time “teaching” to the test and more time for students to “learn” to the test.

Call it “Education Reform” at its finest.

And if the kids can do a bit better, the $225,000 plus we’re spending on Adamowski will all be worth it.

Oh, and today’s vocabulary word is “snake oil”

Vallas, Adamowski et. al. – Undermining Connecticut’s Economy…One job, One Family at a Time

Just a few weeks ago, Bridgeport, Windham and other school districts cheered when the Legislature approved and Governor Malloy signed legislation that allocates an additional $98 million as part of the new “education reform” act.

Of that, Bridgeport will be receiving at least $4 million more in state funds while Windham will collect at least $800,000.  Depending on how the Malloy Administration approaches the creation of the new “Commissioner’s Network” system, the towns may receive significantly more.

So what is the first thing that Paul Vallas (Bridgeport’s $229,000 part-time interim superintendent) and Steve Adamowski (Windham’s $225,000 “Special Master”) do?

They dump Connecticut teachers and school personnel, while hiring more and more out-of-state consultants and directing contracts to out-of- state businesses.

The numbers are hard to track but between the two towns alone, we’re talking about more than 50 Connecticut residents, people who, for the most part went to Connecticut’s colleges and universities, and then stayed here in Connecticut to help strengthen Connecticut’s schools.

This has nothing to do with getting rid of the ineffective teachers.

This is about out-of- touch administrators who are pocketing a quarter of a million dollars each, and then using the additional taxpayer funds in such a way as to take care of friends and colleagues at the expense of Connecticut’s economy, Connecticut residents, and in this case, the quality of services provided to Connecticut’s students.

And let’s understand the context.

Connecticut’s latest “jobs numbers” will be out soon.  Last month, the Malloy Administration focused on the positive news that unemployment remained at 7.7 percent, down 1.3 percent over the past year.

Using that strange, virtually nonsensical, “government financial speak,” the Connecticut Department of Labor reported that, “employment estimates show Connecticut continues to experience reversal from strong winter job growth in April by a decline of 4,100 total nonfarm jobs even while the unemployment rate held steady at 7.7%…. Despite variability in growth from month to month we still appear to be on a path of positive, albeit modest job growth.”

In the fine print came the news that Connecticut’s local governments dropped an additional 1,300 jobs last month.  In fact, 8,000 jobs have been cut at the state and local government level over the past year.

While the United States is up over 2,000,000 jobs since May 2011, Connecticut’s “aggressive job growth” policy has translated into a new loss of 2,300 jobs over the past 12 months.

If budget cuts and stupidity hadn’t eliminated those 8,000 state and local public sector jobs, the employment situation in Connecticut would be in the positive as opposed to being in the negative.

The actions being taken by Bridgeport and Windham’s high priced administrators is not unique but is particularly insulting considering the state picks up 81 percent of the cost of Bridgeport’s schools and more than three-quarters of the cost in Windham.

Squandering public resources is never appropriate.

Sadly though, I suppose their best excuse is that everyone else, including state government, is busy undermining Connecticut’s economy.

At the same time Connecticut and its cities and towns have laid off 8,000 people, Governor Malloy and the state of Connecticut shifted up to $71 million dollars to CIGNA, $17.5 million to ESPN, $20 million to UBS, $291 million to Jackson Laboratories and, of course, let’s not forget the $4 million to TicketNetwork, before their CEO became too much of a liability and they had to pull out of the program.

In all of these cases, these companies promised to create at least 250 jobs each – OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS.  Well, UBS had to promise to lay-off no more than 1,500 existing workers to get their money and CIGNA took the money and then outsourced their accounting office to India.

And that doesn’t even count the $626 million in public funds allocated to the “jobs package” that Governor Malloy signed into law last October.

One recent study showed that, to date, only 39 of the 70 companies that the state’s economic development program funded provided the jobs they had promised and the average cost per private sector job was in the area of $99,000 for the ten most expensive “deals.”

That said, a small restaurant that’s moving into my town is getting $100,000 from Malloy’s new fund, so I don’t want to sound ungrateful.

What is annoying, to say the least, is that despite these difficult economic times, and while we’re making a special effort to invest in our poorest, most challenged urban school districts, we’ve got school administrators like Paul Vallas and Steven Adamowski who begin by hiring consultants and laying off the very Connecticut residents who have been working so hard to make a difference.

No Conflict, No Conflict, Keep Moving; Nothing to See Here…

What is it about these Malloy appointees and their notion of what constitutes a conflict of interest.  Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor seems to be adding to the list on a daily basis and now we’ve got “Special Master” Steven Adamowski.

When it comes to conflicts of interests; you’ve got your straight up “conflict of interest”, your “appearance of a conflict of interest” and then your “just keep moving – I don’t see anything – conflict of interest.”

Now mind you – just because there is a potential conflict of interest doesn’t mean the action is inherently bad, but it is imperative that people be open and honest so that a fair decision can made by all those involved that a specific conflict of interest does not negate the validity of a particular choice.

But apparently, secrecy not transparency is the new world order these days.

And that is what brings us back to Special Master Steven Adamowski and, in this case, the Windham Board of Education’s decision to hire Leadership Greater Hartford to conduct training for the community’s School Governance Councils.

Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH) is a well-known, thirty-five year old organization that is headed by Hartford’s Ted Carroll.  LGH provides leadership training to community leaders and organizations.   In addition to its own year-long leadership training program called Quest, Leadership Greater Hartford also provides a variety of consulting services and training to different organizations including School Governance Councils.

The group’s Hartford Public Schools’ initiative, created at the request of then Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, brings together parents, community members, school administrators and teachers to work together in each of Hartford’s 35 public schools, developing strategies aimed at enabling local governance of those schools.

The LGH’s School Governance Council Training Program provides the organization with a growing source of revenue for its $1.1 million budget.

Superintendent Steven Adamowski started paying Leadership Greater Hartford for their services in 2009.

In 2010, Adamowski was awarded the Leadership Greater Hartford’s Polaris Award, the organization’s highest honor for community leadership.

And in January 2012, after leaving the Hartford school system, Adamowski was named to the Leadership Greater Hartford’s Board of Directors.

Then two weeks ago, upon the directive of “Special Master” Steven Adamowski, the Windham Board of Education hired Leadership Greater Hartford to conduct a new training program for that town’s School Governance Council.

There is certainly no question that Leadership Greater Hartford provides a quality service and that the contract for $36,000 plus additional work as needed doesn’t seem particularly high, but there is no evidence that Adamowski or Leadership Greater Hartford made it clear to the Windham Board of Education or the residents of Windham that Adamowski was a Director for the organization or that he had recently been honored by them.

A range of people directly related to Windham’s schools and local government claim they were never told about the potential conflict of interest and there was certainly nothing revealed in the public meetings or on the public documents leading up to the Board of Education’s vote.

In this case, as in others, the government official may not have a direct financial interest in the outcome but even the appearance of a conflict undermines the people’s faith in their government.

And here there was apparently no public pronouncement or public discussion that the person instructing the Board to hire this group had recently become a Director for the group that was getting the contract.

That, in anyone’s book should flag concerns about a conflict of interest.

In fact, what is particularly mysterious is that Leadership Greater Hartford actually has one of the most stringent conflict of interest policies around.  LGH requires board members to sign a declaration that they understand they must report any situation in which they provide “directive,  managerial, or consultative services to any outside constituent that does business with…Leadership Greater Hartford” and requires them to make “full disclosure of any situation….as to permit an impartial and objective determination” of the possible conflict.

It is hard to imagine that as Adamowski worked to get Leadership Greater Hartford a new contract that no one involved in the process raised the point that perhaps – just perhaps – someone should inform Windham that Adamowski was on the Board of the very organization to which he was directing a contract.

Heeee’s Back: Malloy Ally Adamowksi Continues to Maneuver for a Larger Teachers Retirement Pension.

Not Again?  Yup…

The effort to bump up Malloy ally and fellow education reformer Steven Adamowski’s state funded Teachers Retirement pension continues — and it continues Malloy’s strange notion of “shared sacrifice” – in which middle and working income families pay more than their fair share in taxes while the Malloy administration uses their governmental power to advance the monetary gain of certain individuals.

Readers will remember that Governor Malloy’s “Education Reform” bill included special language that retroactively gave Steven Adamowski an extra four years of retirement credit for the time he served as Superintendent of Schools in Hartford.  Connecticut law requires participants in the Teachers Retirement System to be certified which Adamowski is not nor did he even try to become certified during his five years in Hartford.

When asked about the special provision, Governor Malloy responded that there was no “Adamowski provision.” The Democrats on the Education Committee then stripped the language from the bill.

Additional information has now becoming available about an ongoing attempt by the Malloy administration to get retirement credits for Adamowski’s present work as “Special Master” for the Windham Schools despite the fact that he doesn’t meet the criteria there as well.

In August 2011, Connecticut’s Department of Education appointed Adamowski to be the “Special Master” in their successful effort to take over the Windham Schools.

However, instead of signing a contract with Adamowski directly, the Department of Education persuaded SERC (The State Education Resource Center, a nonprofit agency primarily funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education http://ctserc.org) to sign the contract with Adamowski and the Education Department would reimburse SERC for all costs associated with the contract.

By choosing SERC, the Commissioner of Education was able to by-pass some of the state’s personnel hiring process.

A labor lawyer who is very knowledgeable with the laws and regulations governing the Teachers Retirement System recently reviewed the “Employment Agreement” between SERC and Adamowski.  The lawyer reports that it appears the state’s intention was to make Adamowski a SERC employee, although the contract provides Adamowski with benefits that no other SERC employee receives and he is not listed as an employee on  SERC’s employee directory.

In addition to his two-year $76,000 in benefits and $450,000 in salary, the contract between the Malloy administration, SERC and Adamowski includes contract language that reads “Dr. Adamowski will be eligible to continue membership in the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement System.” Continue reading “Heeee’s Back: Malloy Ally Adamowksi Continues to Maneuver for a Larger Teachers Retirement Pension.”

The Adamowksi Pension Farce: Part III

The earlier details surrounding this incredible saga (Part I and Part II about the Adamowski Pension” grab can be found on Wait, What? or click on the links at the end of this post).

Before going into the latest developments, I find that the overarching question is (1) Do these people really believe that they are entitled to what they are trying to grab or (2) do the political and business elite in this state and country really believe that the law applies differently to them than it does to the rest of us or (3) has America reached the stage that the “people at the top” (whether on Wall Street or in government) simply believe that the rest of us are just too stupid to understand what is going on.

Now to the latest developments…

As readers will remember, this began when we discovered that deep inside Governor Malloy’s “Education Reform” bill is special language that retroactively gives Steven Adamowski an extra four years of retirement credit for the time he served as Superintendent of Schools in Hartford – even though he was not certified for the job and there is a legal requirement that one must be certified in order to get retirement credits.

Now comes the newest bizarre twist.  Upon leaving the Hartford superintendent’s job last summer, the Malloy Administration named Adamowski as the “Special Master” responsible for taking over the Windham School System.

As part of this effort, the State Department of Education signed an agreement with SERC (formerly known as the Special Education Resource Center) to hire Adamowski for the “Special Master’s” job.  SERC is a nonprofit agency primarily funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education and one would assume that the Commissioner of Education used  SERC  in order to bypass some of the more cumbersome advertising and hiring issues that would have developed had Adamowski been hired directly by the Department of Education itself.

Although the Agreement clarifies that “Dr. Adamowski will be an employee of SERC,” it also includes language that “the Commissioner [of Education] will be the person primarily responsible for overseeing Dr. Adamowski because Dr. Adamowski will be the agent of the CSBE” [Connecticut State Board of Education].

And while the contract provides that  “Dr. Adamowski will be allowed access to the same benefits as stated in the SERC Employee Handbook that other eligible SERC employees are offered” it goes on to provide him salary and benefits that are far in excess of what SERC employees get.  Continue reading “The Adamowksi Pension Farce: Part III”

A Hundred Thousand Dollar Plus Pension? The Adamowski Pension Controversy Part II

Yup, you read it right:  $100,000+ a year for life.  Chance of winning 1 in 1

It’s called “Education Reform”

Governor Malloy brings his now familiar confrontational style to the Windham High School tonight (3/14/12) as the Great Malloy/Wyman “Education Reform” Road Trip of 2012 rolls in for Town Meeting #5.

With the Legislature’s Education Committee voting on the “Education Reform” bill within the next two weeks you can be sure the Governor will try to keep the debate on the ‘big picture” and stay far away from some of the lesser known provisions tucked into his 163 page piece of legislation.

Windham is also the temporary workplace of “Special Master” Steven Adamowski; Malloy’s pick to oversee the state’s efforts to increase student achievement scores in the Windham School System.

Adamowski, who helped Malloy develop this “Education Reform” package, is also the unnamed beneficiary of a couple of sentences 3,000 lines into Malloy’s “Education Reform bill.  The section in question retroactively changes Connecticut’s teacher pension law to allow Adamowski to collect a large pension from the State’s Teacher Retirement Fund, a pension he would not otherwise qualify for.

See last Monday’s Wait, What? blog for Part I of this incredible story: Pension, Pension, who wants a Pension – Steven Adamowski this is your lucky day.

And now Part II;

In 2006 Steven Adamowski was named Hartford’s Superintendent of Schools.  Last summer he left that position and Malloy’s Department of Education quickly named him Windham’s “Special Master.”

When administrators or teachers come from out-of-state (as Adamowski did in 2006) they are given a one-year nonrenewable certificate to work in a Connecticut school.   However, the individual must take and pass the state’s education certification exam within one year.

Connecticut law is very clear.  Except for that temporary one year certificate, “no teacher, supervisor, administrator, special service staff member or school superintendent shall be employed in any of the schools of any local or regional board of education unless such person possesses an appropriate state certificate, nor shall any such person be entitled to any salary unless such person can produce such certificate dated previous to or the first day of employment.”

So, in order to keep your position and collect your pay check you need to pass that test.

But it turns out that Steven Adamowski never took the required test. [Nor, interestingly, did he seek a waiver from the test which requires an SAT score of at least 1,000 on the older version of the SATs – back then the average score in the US was about 1050].  Continue reading “A Hundred Thousand Dollar Plus Pension? The Adamowski Pension Controversy Part II”

The Other School Takeover – Windham

And Henceforth Ye Shall Call Him – “Special Master”

Remember back when Connecticut politicians used to talk about the sanctity of “local control.”

It turns out this precious concept applies to everyone except our state’s poor and minority communities.  In those places that state of Connecticut has the right to tell them what is best.

While the Bridgeport school take-over fiasco garnered attention in recent months there was a lot less coverage about the Connecticut State Board of Education’s vote to “take over” the Windham School System.  Last spring the State Board directed Acting Commissioner George Coleman to find a “Special Master” to take over the day-to-day control of Windham’s schools

Steven Adamowski, the outgoing Superintendent of Schools in Hartford was the state’s pick and Adamowski is now being paid $225,000, plus benefits that include five weeks of paid vacation, three weeks of sick time and 100% paid health benefits for himself and his wife.  The state will even pick up the $3,900 for his annual life and disability insurance.

In addition to the cool title and the big bucks Adamowski has been given “super powers” to manage the school system, oversee the school budget, develop and implement an improvement plan and “offer incentives for new, highly trained educators to work in Windham.”

And it’s not one of those fly in consulting contracts.  The law keeps the “special master” in place until “one year after the district achieves adequate yearly process in reading and math under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.”

The Department of Education said they picked Adamowski due to his record in Hartford and his long standing commitment to “education reform.”  According to the biography he provides to organizations where he is going to speak, as Hartford’s Superintendent he “engineered one of the most comprehensive urban school district overhauls in the country. He has introduced an all-choice system of high performing schools, reduced the number of middle schools and has created smaller career-oriented academies.” Continue reading “The Other School Takeover – Windham”