A few clarifications:
– Gov. Malloy will not appear at a March education rally being organized by a coalition of parent groups. The parents hope to have Michelle Rhee, the former Washington D.C. Schools chancellor who enrages teacher unions with her reform ideas, at the event. Although the Connecticut Parents Union announced that Malloy had committed to the event, the governor’s office says he will not be attending. Probably a wise move. Rhee and her supporters can be very useful to Malloy as he looks for support for his education reform plan. Standing up in public with her, however, would just annoy the teacher unions.
– Gov. Malloy will find a way not to short-change Norwalk in school funding, according to Hearst’s ace Brian Lockhart. Norwalk, home to Malloy-critic state Rep. Lawrence Cafero, was the only municipality among the state’s 169 school district that stood to lose money on the governor’s proposed budget. This is a good move. Sticking it to Cafero was an oddly petty move for a governor with more important matters on his agenda.