School reform is back behind closed doors again and the Connecticut Education Association hasn’t announced plans for more teacher rallies in Hartford. A few questions come to mind as we near the final days of the legislative session:
1. Where is the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus on Gov. Malloy’s now-stalled reform initiative? Do they support Malloy’s proposed changes? A very odd silence from a group that should be demanding aggressive reform.
2. Will the Connecticut AFT, the smaller-but-more-eager-for-reform union, break with the CEA? The AFT, a leader in New Haven reform efforts, has been pushed to the side by the larger CEA during the last few weeks.
3. How is it that charter schools have become the enemy here? Two of the most notable and sucessful models in Connecticut, Jumoke Academy and Achievement First, would be blocked from participating in reform efforts. These schools were created by Connecticut educators and parents for the sole purpose of improving education in our cities.
4. Can Don Williams, the senate leader who has become the CEA’s battlefield general, patch things up with Gov. Malloy? Or does the Senate President Pro Tem have other plans?
5. How does Stefan Pryor, villified by the CEA for his connections to charter school and his connecticuts to nonprofit reform initiatives, lead the state Department of Education if Malloy’s education reform plan fails to pass?