State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor announced that he would not serve a second term and was seeking other opportunities.

Jon Pelto, who hopes to run an independent campaign for governor, says that Governor Dannell Malloy is cutting his losses because of Pryor’s outspoken advocacy of charter schools. Also, says Pelto, Malloy realizes he has alienated teachers and is trying to win back their votes.

When the charter school Jumoke Academy and its parent organization FUSE were embarrassed recently, with the revelation that its CEO had served time in prison and had falsely claimed a doctorate, Pryor’s championing of charter schools became an embarrassment.

The unasked question is whether Governor Malloy will pick another charter booster if he is re-elected.