“I want to be a teachers’ governor. I want the scapegoating to stop.” The words of Dannel P. Malloy, according to the Connecticut Education Association, when he was running for Governor in 2010.
The CEA said that Mr. Malloy opposed pay for performance, valued collective bargaining, and opposed school vouchers.
At the same time, according to the CEA, Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for governor that same year, said the following: “We need to get rid of things like tenure.”
The CEA also said that Mr. Foley supported pay for performance, wanted to repeal binding arbitration, supported vouchers as a form of choice, and didn’t plan to increase state spending on schools.
Mr. Malloy supported tenure and Mr. Foley did not, the CEA reported. Mr. Malloy supported the State Teachers’ Retirement System while Mr. Foley wanted to abolish it in favor of a defined contribution plan (401k).
Back on November 1, 2010, I wrote about my objections to teachers unions blindly endorsing Democrats. (You can read that by clicking here.)
When the CEA made its endorsements in October 2010, only one Republican got the nod. Now, as the Republicans have been complaining about being locked out of the Education Committee’s meetings where this proposal is proceeding, maybe being on the outside looking in isn’t such a bad thing.
On Saturday, State Representatives Fred Camillo and Livvy Floren, who both represent parts of Greenwich, met with teachers and GEA reps at Greenwich Library to discuss SB 24. According to one person who attended, both seemed responsive to teacher concerns about the bill. In fact, Camillo was described as being “firmly behind the teachers.” Not surprising since he has real experience working in public schools. (I first met Fred when he worked at Greenwich High School.) Both Camillo and Floren are Republicans.
For the past month or so, elected officials throughout the state have been hearing from teachers and their unions about how unfair it is to place all the blame for the ills of public education on the backs of teachers. This is a direct result of the CEA and local unions, so give them credit for that.
It seems to be working. The Hartford Courant is reporting that tenure reform has been delayed until next year, and that other significant changes to the bill will be made.
In its place, I suggest endorsement reform.