Pelto: Connecticut Governor Malloy Will Pay PR Firm $1 Million to Sell Common Core

I wonder if Jindal and White will follow suit? Connecticut is where John White’s reformer predecessor, Paul Vallas of RSD, set up shop after leaving Louisiana in shambles and many of the ideas Vallas promoted there are directly out of his RSD playbook, of which John White no doubt co-authored.

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Blogger Jonathan Pelto reports that Governor Dannell Malloy of Connecticut plans to spend $1 million to a public relations firm to sell the idea of Common Core.

This suggests that he is concerned about the kind of public backlash that was caused by the botched implementation of Common Core in New York.

Connecticut is one of the three highest performing states on NAEP, and parents are not likely to take kindly to the new Common Core tests, which are likely to produce a sharp decline in test scores, as they have in other states. There are quite a lot of “suburban moms” in Connecticut. Lots of moms and dads who will not be easily persuaded that their children are failures. Not by Governor Malloy or Commissioner Stefan Pryor or a public relations firm with a $1 million contract.

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5 thoughts on “Pelto: Connecticut Governor Malloy Will Pay PR Firm $1 Million to Sell Common Core

  1. It looks like it is already being filtered to LABI, CABL, Stand on Children, Blueprint Louisiana, the Advocate, to name a few. Any time you have to put that much money to sell something, it obviously isn’t worth it. I am still waiting to see where any of the billions pumped in this has improved children at all. All they stand on is rhetoric. No proof what-so-ever.

    1. Yep,

      That was my thought/point as well.  I also agree with your sentiment about having to spend so much time and money selling it.  If they had done a better job up front engaging parents and educators, spent time and money on effective implementation and not to mention time and money on researching their overhaul would they need to spend so much time and money propagandizing the masses?  The whole process has been a disaster from top to bottom, and I see little in the way of anyone admitting or addressing concerns, merely disguising and promoting what they’ve already secretly built and intend to implement whether it helps children or our education system or not.

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  2. This comment on Jonathan pelto’s site “both republicans and democrats are on board for the ccss, for the same reason that Al Capone robbed banks: that’s where the money is” – our children are caught in the crossfire of this corrupted undemocratic education reform movement…btw….I think All Capone served a portion of his jail time at Alcatraz….maybe they could reopen it for some of these corrupted reformers.

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