Gov. Malloy says Ed Commish Stefan Pryor does not have a conflict

Gov. Dannel Malloy told reporters this morning that Stefan Pryor’s experience running private charter schools is not in conflict with his role as Connecticut’s top public-education chief. Asked by a reporter if Pryor should recuse himself from issues involving charter schools, Malloy said “Of course not. That’s utterly and fantastically ridiculous… It makes no sense. First of all, let’s drill down to something that most recent writers on this subject have ignored and that is we only have public charter schools in Connecticut. They are public schools. So, in essence what you’re saying is because someone isn’t involved in public schools, they shouldn’t be allowed in public schools.”