In a stunning move, Connecticut Education Association Board of Directors Endorses Malloy
Ohanian Prediction: I fear a similar gubernatorial endorsement coming from the Chicago Teachers Union.
Reader Comment: It is a very sad day! I have been a union member for over 30 years. I made my views known to the powers that be at CEA. "Please consider no endorsement of either candidate!" I have been very vocal locally stating if CEA endorsed Malloy I would be changing my membership to AGENCY FEE status. I will look to do this on Monday morning. I was hopeful that NO endorsement of either candidate would have allowed me to continue my full membership! I encourage others to do the same...our leadership is not listening to the members...when there is no money to pay leadership salaries in Hartford perhaps they will wake up!
by Jon Pelto
NEWS FLASH: The only Democratic governor in the nation to propose doing away with teacher tenure for all teachers and repealing collective bargaining for teachers working in the poorest district has received the endorsement of the Connecticut Education Association's Board of Directors.
According to multiple sources, the CEA's Board of Directors reversed the decision the CEA's Political Action Committee, who had recommended that the state's largest public employee union make no endorsement in the gubernatorial campaign.
Considering Malloy's recent and repeated pledge to "stay the course" on his education reform initiatives, one can only assume that Malloy's political operatives must have made some "significant promises" since, on the key issues listed below, Malloy has refused to PUBLICLY change his anti-teacher, anti-public education stance.
Why the American Federation of Teachers and Connecticut Education Association would endorse Malloy without demanding that he publicly retreat from his corporate education reform industry stance is breathtaking.
For more than two and a half years, Wait, What? has been a platform for laying out and discussing Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy and his administration's unprecedented attack on public education in Connecticut. Throughout that time Malloy has not made any real or meaningful changes to his policies. Instead, he has continued to undermining teachers and the teaching profession. His disdain for the most important profession in the world and the value of comprehensive public education has been absolute.
The CEA's endorsement means that the leadership of all of the major public employee unions in Connecticut have thrown their support behind the candidate who has pledged that he will not propose or accept any tax increase during this second term, despite the fact that Connecticut is facing a $4.8 billion budget shortfall over the next three years.While Connecticut's millionaires continue to celebrate the fact that they have been spared the need to "sacrifice" by being required to pay their fair share in taxes, Malloy's policies will ensure massive increases in local property taxes for the middle class and widespread cuts in local education budgets.
Considering Malloy record of failure includes the following education issues, the decision by the CEA leadership to support Malloy is a tribute to the power of incumbency and the disconnect that exists between union leaders and their membership.
Read through the following list -- which covers only a portion of Malloy's failures when it comes to his positions on public education -- and ask yourself. . . Has Malloy truly earned the right to claim that he has the support of the members of the Connecticut Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers?
To be a relevant force for good, unions should be a far more powerful force for real change.
Or perhaps we have forgotten the true meaning behind the words;
They came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
MalloyÃ¢€™s continuing record of failure includes:
Governor Malloy is the ONLY Democratic governor in the nation to propose doing away with teacher tenure and repealing collective bargaining for teachers working in the poorest school districts.
To date, Malloy has never publicly renounced his anti-tenure, anti-collective bargaining position nor has he admitted that he made a mistake when he originally introduced the proposal.
Governor Malloy's education reform initiative requires teacher evaluation programs to be linked to standardized test scores despite the fact that standardized tests scores are primarily influenced by poverty, language barriers, and the lack of special education services for students rather than teacher performance.
To date, Malloy has not committed to "de-coupling" the teacher evaluation program from the unfair and inappropriate standardized tests.
When running for governor in 2006 and 2010, Malloy admitted that Connecticut's present Education Cost Sharing Formula is outdated and inadequate (even unconstitutional). As Mayor of Stamford, Malloy was one of the original plaintiffs in the critically important CCJEF v. Rell court case, but as governor he has spent the last four years trying to get the case dismissed and then postponed until after this yearÃ¢€™s election.
To date, Malloy has not promised to settle the CCJEF lawsuit and develop a constitutionally appropriate school funding formula.
As Governor, Malloy has increased state funding for privately-run charter schools by 73.6% while providing Connecticut's public schools with only a 7.9% increase in support. Connecticut has learned from the Jumoke/FUSE Charter School debacle that charter schools are not held accountable and it took a raid by the FBI to ensure that charter schools are held responsible for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars.
To date, Malloy has not announced a moratorium on additional charter schools until mechanisms are developed and put in place that will ensure that taxpayer funds are not being misused, wasted or stolen.
And while tens of millions of dollars are being wasted on the massive Common Core Standardized Testing Program, Malloy and his administration have repeatedly lied and misled parents about their fundamental right to opt their children out of the new tests.
To date, Malloy and his administration have FAILED to tell parents that they do have the fundamental right to opt their children out of the Common Core standardized testing scheme.
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