Three cheers for the General Assembly’s education committee chair Andrew Fleischmann. As negotiations over a charged education reform package are at their most sensitive moment, Fleischmann was nowhere to be seen at the large and enthusiastic rally by the Connecticut Education Association at the state capitol Tuesday evening. The CEA has been lobbying hard against Gov. Malloy’s plan, which attempts to begin to address Connecticut’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap. The rally, and another tonight, is part of a campaign to put pressure on legislators to resist Malloy’s plan.
This didn’t stop House Speaker Chris Donovan, Senate President Don Williams and education committee co-chair Andrea Stillman – who are at the closed-door negotiations over education reform, leading the discussions – from taking center stage at the CEA rally Tuesday evening.
The message to Gov. Malloy and his education reform coalition was clear: you won’t win this one.
Apparently in this one-party General Assembly, expecting our leaders to refrain from this sort of behavior is asking too much. Donovan and Williams, who are supposed to be working to find a compromise on what may be the most pressing issue facing Connecticut, owe us more than self-serving speeches at campaign rallies.