Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor today, in a classic 5 p.m. Friday news release, just called for the appointment of a “special investigator” to look into the “operations, finances, governance, and other issues” related to Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE) in Hartford and Bridgeport. The State Board of Education will act on the request during a special meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the State Office Building in Hartford. Pryor has apparently already hired attorney Frederick L. Dorsey of the Hartford law firm Kainen, Escalera & McHale. He probed the 2010 mastery test scandal in Waterbury.
“We are deeply concerned about recent revelations regarding FUSE and Jumoke Academy,” Pryor said in a statement. ” Like all operators of public schools, these organizations have an obligation to meet high standards of organizational governance. That way, we ensure that our students and parents are being served well. I am confident that, working with the State Board of Education, and with the assistance of a professional of Mr. Dorsey’s capability, we can achieve a full understanding of the totality of the situation – and of the next steps required.”