Blogger Jonathan Pelto in Connecticut read about the “school reform plan” proposed by conservative Republican Governor Chris Christie and realized that it was virtually identical to the one proposed earlier this year by Connecticut Governor Malloy.
Under this plan, the Legislature was asked to authorize a Commissioner’s Network, “a system in which Stefan Pryor, Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, would be given the authority to take over a series of local schools, remove the existing staff, ban collective bargaining and turn the schools over to some third-party who would then be exempt from the state’s laws requiring competitive bidding and limiting the use of consultants.”
Odd couple indeed. The allegedly liberal governor in Connecticut and the ultra-conservative governor in New Jersey. Same plan.
There is one link between them. Malloy’s State Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor served previously as Cory Booker’s deputy mayor. Booker is a favorite of the Wall Street hedge fund crowd, and he is a leading advocate for privatization of public schools.
Maybe it is no coincidence after all.