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Malloy Stands His Ground on Education Policy

by | Sep 25, 2014 10:48pm
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Posted to: Education, Election 2014, East Hartford

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

The most recent public poll shows Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy doing better than his Republican challenger Tom Foley when it comes to education policy, but Malloy’s campaign wanted to further demonstrate his grasp of the issue.

Malloy held a press conference Thursday at Robert O’Brien STEM Academy in East Hartford to pan Foley’s plan to fix failing schools by allowing their students to go to another school in the district.

Foley explained Wednesday that he would offer in-district school choice and allow the money to follow those students to higher performing schools, which would receive more money than the underperforming schools.

Malloy, who was flanked by members of two teacher unions and Democratic lawmakers from East Hartford, said Foley had no understanding of what was happening with education policy in Connecticut.

“This is a guy who is totally disconnected from the discussion that’s going on on educational improvement,” Malloy said.

Foley said at a press conference last month he’s been involved with the education reform movement for more than 15 years.

But the lack of detail in Foley’s plan had Malloy curious about exactly what would happen under a Foley administration.

“Am I left to guess what he’s talking about?” Malloy asked reporters. 

Where will all the children go if all the seats are filled? Is he going to expand the capacity of schools? Did he tell you what the maximum size of an elementary school should be?

“I think when you make a policy pronouncement it would be helpful to know what the current policy is and he doesn’t,” Malloy said. “It would be good to know what you would do with students when you close a school and he hasn’t answered that.”

Malloy added that “If he’s going to threaten schools and parents and teachers and administrators in districts and communities with an A-F grade isn’t it incumbent upon him to supply some of that information? Honestly, folks you would hold me to that standard.” 

Malloy, who sounded at times as if he was scolding the media for not getting answers from the Foley campaign, said “you can’t treat a school like a factory. You don’t sell it. You don’t close it. You have an obligation to make it work and that may not be comfortable in a giveaway line or a simple phrase.”

Foley’s campaign did not respond to further questions Thursday about his education plan.

Asked Wednesday if in-district choice and the “money follows the child” approach was a tough love approach to education, Foley said “I don’t see it as tough love. I see it as institutions that aren’t performing lose. Yeah, that’s kind of the way the private sector works and it ought to be the way the schools work.”

So some schools will close as a result of this and other schools will get more resources? “Yeah,” Foley said.

Marcia Ferreira, president of the East Hartford Teachers Association, said the “money follows the child” concept has the potential to destroy schools, such as the Robert O’Brien STEM Academy where Malloy held his press conference Thursday.

“This funding scheme would upend school financing as we know it,” Ferreira said. “...Our school is not a business. It is not a factory that can be shut down and children are not workers that can just be laid off. Our schools need support and not punishment.”

Jeff Leake, vice president of the Connecticut Education Association, said Foley’s plan would take crucial dollars away from school boards and communities and place them “who knows where.”

“That is not a recipe for success. That’s a recipe for disaster,” Leake added.

The Connecticut Education Association has not endorsed a gubernatorial candidate yet this year, but AFT Connecticut has endorsed Malloy.

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posted by: Bethy | September 25, 2014  11:44pm

Bethy

Mr. Foley, what a low down dirty shame. I hope “all” teachers are hearing this mess. I know this is not what teachers, parents, administrations and students are expecting. Mr. Foley’s plan is truly a disaster. Is this how we treat teachers and students? Teachers go through so much .... too the point where we have to ask if they’re teachers or Psychiatrist?  They deal with so many issues daily with students. Mr. Foley, this is not the right thing to do for our education system. I am just so annoyed by Mr. Foley right now. SMH!

posted by: Ed McKeon | September 26, 2014  6:08am

Foley shames failing schools.  Malloy shames failing districts.  Look at Bridgeport.

posted by: UConnHoop | September 26, 2014  6:44am

First, it’s interesting how Malloy uses these students as props for his press conference.  Second, it’s amazing to me how willing Dems are to sacrifice an entire generation of students while they pour more money into a failed system.  They are more interested in sustaining a failed model instead of educating children.

posted by: 27Reasons | September 26, 2014  9:00am

Is Foley horrible for education? Yes. Did Dan already repeatedly stab teachers, students, and parents in the back when it comes to education? YES! Does Dan deserve to be rewarded with another term? NO! ~thanks

posted by: Bluecoat | September 26, 2014  12:24pm

Malloy as a member of the NGA, which just happens to co-own the Copy Right to the Common Core State Standards, ( no conflict of interest there), expects us to believe he has CT parents and students best interests at hand.
Give me a break.
No debate, no local input. Nothing. The State of Ct can only add up to 15% of our own Standards.
And how big is the Data Collection Machine of CT’s P-20 council? How much personal and private information on our kids are stored in the Statewide Longitudinal Data Base that is supposed to be interoperable between the States thanks to the ARRA Act of 2009?
Will Malloy support a Parental and Student Privacy Act here in CT that requires written permission before such information is collected from students and parents, and before it is given out to God only knows? I doubt it. Too much money be laundered into the coffers!
Malloy and the rest of the State Dept. of Ed employees, especially the P-2- Council, should be placed on a Child Abuser List!

posted by: Integrity | September 26, 2014  8:43pm

Can someone please give an REAL education to the Malloy staff & supporters? They’re drowning in common core & can’t see what’s blatant obvious-
Malloy is riding the CC Trojan Horse full steam ahead. He’ll trample our CT schools!
And, take our kid’s futures, privacy, parental rights & authority & all of our constitutional rights with it!

posted by: Bethy | September 26, 2014  9:55pm

Bethy

Governor Malloy apologized to the teachers. I know he was remorseful with his apologies. We do recognize that teachers play an important role in our children’s lives and we respect that. I salute all teachers. I would do anything to have an English and Social Studies teacher in my company. Those are my two favorite subjects.  I support teachers and so does the Governor. I know our Governor never had intentions to harm teachers. I believe teachers know this as well.  We acknowledge that teachers ARE awesome and hold the keys to our children’s future. I believe teachers see Foley as a “no-way” dude by now. Malloy’s intentions and policies does not call for closing public schools and moving youth out of their districts. That’s ridiculous. It seems that you’re very much in denial that your buddy Foley is just not what you thought! I enjoyed my discussions with teachers these past 2.5 years and I am so glad that many of them see things differently and know that this administration is not out to do any harm to them whatsoever.  I will continue to push for quality education for all children as our Governor cares. Have a good day folks!

posted by: brutus2011 | September 27, 2014  6:34pm

brutus2011

“UConnHoop"hits the nail on the head in my opinion.

The education system has failed for more than one generation and still the entrenched bureaucracy wants to do more of the same.

What is the popular definition of insanity? Doing the same thing and expecting different results.

But actually I don’t believe those who run our schools (not teachers but administrators/managers)are expecting different results…I believe they think the rest of us are too stupid to hold them accountable.

After all, why shouldn’t they? They actually have most of us believing that it is all the teacher’s fault.

Incredible but we get what we deserve because why?

“We” really are that stupid.

posted by: SocialButterfly | September 27, 2014  7:08pm

@Bethy:  you blame Ton Foley who has no involvement in our education system, only because you don’t like him, but you won’t touch Dannel Malloy who is responsible, but you won’t critique a failing Democrat who will be voted out of offkce on Election Day. Prepare yourself for Malloy’s exodus as only 28% of voters polled in the latest Rasmussen Poll said they would surely vote for someone who supported Obama. That “someone” is Dannel Patrick Malloy, and Bethy is clearly one of the 28%

posted by: Bethy | September 28, 2014  12:39pm

Bethy

SocialButterfly or whatever you are…What you fail to understand is I strongly supported quality education for our children as well. I have a clear understanding. Dan Malloy did not fail teachers. We respect teachers and want to move forward. I certainly do. We have too much to do. I salute CEA Leaders and Teachers to the fullest. Now, I ask that you get a life, find a man who will communicate with you and stop being a hater….and for the record. I do not “dislike” Foley. I dislike his buddies (behind the scenes) policies. I don’t know Foley to dislike him as a human being. I just severely disagree with his current policies and his past shortcomings with factory workers. It certainly wasn’t a pretty picture. It breaks my heart every time is see the commercial with elderly folks expressing their experiences in the past with Foley.  Also, the young man who looked to have teary eyes discussing his experience with Tom Foley.  That particular commercial really got to my heart because I can tell he was a “family man” and more than likely a sole provider for his family in the south. You have a good day, and please leave me alone. You’re just not my cup of tea to communicate with. I deal with people on a more real level of life. Be gone!

posted by: Bethy | September 28, 2014  5:15pm

Bethy

well socialbutterfly, you have a right to your own opinion. i believe Governor Malloy, Lt. Wyman, this current administration and legislature did the best thing for Connecticut after receiving a $3.6 billion dollar deficit. If Foley had won back in 2010, he would have faced the same issues. Based on Foley’s past actions and experiences as a leader when a business is about to go under, i don’t believe the outcome would have been better than Malloy’s. i’m sorry but he has not presented any evidence of making positive moves at a macro level without destroying the lives of millions. research of his past decisions have shown otherwise. Governor Malloy and this administration has shown remarkable improvement without destroying the lives of millions. there were job freezes, there were concessions, taxes were increased and a select few business have left - those are the sacrifices a state makes when it wants to make a positive turn-around. right now, businesses are staying, businesses are moving to connecticut, and jobs are opening. it’s a slow process, but it takes time. As a state, we’re doing what’s necessary to rebuild and re-establish our non-dependence for federal dollars to survive as a state. Every state should develop ways to stand alone just in case “anything” ever goes terribly wrong at the Federal Level. This is why the 50 States are set up like Washington in case something goes terrible wrong where we may have to stand alone in the future. As a state, “United we stand, divided we fail”. I’m sticking with my strong support for Dan Malloy in November. I listened to Kevin Lembo, State Comptroller on Face-the-State this morning and it sounds like a promising future for Connecticut.  I believe him. Have a good day!

posted by: Bethy | September 28, 2014  7:35pm

Bethy

You know, i’m 48 years old . I grew up in an era where morals and respect was highly favored. To date, I still maintain those morals and respect. I used to think the way you do when I was very one-tracked minded, uneducated and ignorant. It took years for me to learn not to view things from a “micro” level because it wasn’t all about my particular population. I learned that when making life-changing decisions for multiple populations, one’s view must be a the “macro” level. Macro level decisions is what keeps things moving forward. It can’t come from just one “heart” and “mind”. We all have to come to realistic choices. When I had to sacrifice not receiving a raise for 2 years, pay more money into my pension for the rest of my employment career, agree to healthcare commitments, put my home on the market, report to work every day and keep a straight face as a state employee, was i “ticked”...Yes, but I didn’t hold that against our Governor, the Legislature or the next person. It just made me become a more active person in my community. I paid much more attention to the elected leaders (Secretary Barnes - State Budget), Comptroller Lembo, Attorney General Jepsen, and Secretary of State Merrill and of course our Governor. It was their quarterly reports that enhanced my knowledge of state government. It kept my ill feelings intact and I was able to understand what was going on in our state. To date, I am very impressed by their works and feel like I am a part of the pie as an individual. I’m not bitter anymore. Once I grasp a clear understanding, I am happy to report that I even though I do not work directly for them, I feel like I’m a positive solution to re-developing Connecticut’s financial woes. My “personal” financial issues is not the fought of state leaders or government. I’ve made some really dump financial decisions in my past and making strong efforts to correct them. I have no room or time to blame the next person for my errors. I hope that one day, you will get involved with those same individuals by reading the “massive” amount of information provided on their specific websites for public view. I believe once you’ve done that, you will find where you can join in and be a positive part of rebuilding our state from a macro level…that said buddy, this video is just for you. enjoy your evening https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152704415384769

posted by: Bethy | September 28, 2014  7:48pm

Bethy

@SocialButterfly: You know, i’m 48 years old . I grew up in an era where morals and respect was highly favored. To date, I still maintain those morals and respect. I used to think the way you do when I was very one-tracked minded, uneducated and ignorant. It took years for me to learn not to view things from a “micro” level because it wasn’t all about my particular population. I learned that when making life-changing decisions for multiple populations, one’s view must be a the “macro” level. Macro level decisions is what keeps things moving forward. It can’t come from just one “heart” and “mind”. We all have to come to realistic choices. When I had to sacrifice not receiving a raise for 2 years, pay more money into my pension for the rest of my employment career, agree to healthcare commitments, put my home on the market (loving my condo, best decision that i made), report to work every day and keep a straight face as a state employee, was i “ticked”...Yes, but I didn’t hold that against our Governor, the Legislature or the next person. It just made me become a more active person in my community. I paid much more attention to the elected leaders (Secretary Barnes - State Budget), Comptroller Lembo, Attorney General Jepsen, and Secretary of State Merrill and of course our Governor. It was their quarterly reports that enhanced my knowledge of state government. It kept my ill feelings intact and I was able to understand what was going on in our state. To date, I am very impressed by their works and feel like I am a part of the pie as an individual. I’m not bitter anymore. Once I grasp a clear understanding, I am happy to report that I even though I do not work directly for them, I feel like I’m a positive solution to re-developing Connecticut’s financial woes. My “personal” financial issues is not the fought of state leaders or government. I’ve made some really dump financial decisions in my past and making strong efforts to correct them. I have no room or time to blame the next person for my errors. I hope that one day, you will get involved with those same individuals by reading the “massive” amount of information provided on their specific websites for public view. I believe once you’ve done that, you will find where you can join in and be a positive part of rebuilding our state from a macro level…that said buddy, this video is just for you. enjoy your evening https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152704415384769

posted by: Sarah Darer Littman | September 28, 2014  8:54pm

@Bethy “Malloy’s intentions and policies does not call for closing public schools and moving youth out of their districts. That’s ridiculous. It seems that you’re very much in denial”

LOLOLOL! Are you serious? Have you been living in this state and paying attention to education policy for the last four years? If so, then I think you are the one in denial. Or maybe you’re part of the team the Malloy campaign has responding on blogs. Yes, we heard about that from a public school parent who was asked to be on it.

posted by: Milton Buckley | September 28, 2014  10:51pm

Is that you ... Cathy Malloy, as Bethy??

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | September 28, 2014  11:34pm

Ha! A whole lotta BS being flung around here. Fact is the Guv is anything but an education guru. Reality is he could care less it seems.  But compared to mr empty republican suit, the guv looks brilliant. What have we become?

HST

posted by: GBear423 | September 29, 2014  9:10am

GBear423

Malloy has a lot of nerve saying anybody is disconnected from education issue.

Hires corrupt charter school group with a charlatan “doctor” in charge and staffs his State Education Board with people directly involved with the Charter Scam…  So either Malloy is disconnected, Or he is aware of the scam artists, nepotism and crony Board Members… Can’t have it both ways Dannel, incompetent or corrupt?

posted by: OutBackJack312 | September 29, 2014  9:24am

OutBackJack312

I can’t believe this is the best our state can do…  As voters we should insulted by the Democratic and Republican parties…

1.  I’m a member of CEA and I don’t care who they endorsed..  I make up my own mind.

2.  Malloy raised my taxes, then tried to force feed an education bill (the original SB24) that would have cut my salary in half.  Forcing me to teach to a test, completely neglecting students, just so I can earn a livable wage.  Oh, but he let the Gates Foundation make a fortune off your kids.. 

3. As a firearms owner, we should be insulted that Malloy used a tragedy like Sandy Hook to make the state a few bucks.  How does charging people 50 bucks for an ammo certificate protect the school I work in now?  It doesn’t. Malloy is a greedy opportunist being forced and agenda and doesn’t even realize what is happening.

Foley…  Well he’s a mess…  And the republican agenda he’s going to be forced is even worse.. 

Middle Class in CT?  Dammed if we do, Damned if we don’t.

posted by: SocialButterfly | September 29, 2014  9:59am

@OutbackJack312: Since you dislike Malloy for his bad performance and do not accept Foley as the answer, why bother to comment and vote?  You sound like someone “who has buried his head in the stand.” Perhaps you should “speak no evil and hear to evil” that upsets you so badly.

posted by: Sarah Darer Littman | September 30, 2014  7:15am

@outbackJack “I can’t believe this is the best our state can do…  As voters we should insulted by the Democratic and Republican parties…”  YES!

This is why I am now unaffiliated, despite everything my father ever told me. Because I’ve realized that in this state (and sadly, in the rest of the country, I believe) the parties exist to maintain their power, rather than to do what is right for the people. I got so sick of Democrats admitting to me privately that yes, there was a terrible situation with corruption in a certain place we all know about, but none of them were willing to speak out publicly about it or do anything about it. But Republicans are no better. Look at how they enabled Rowland.