Matthew Valenti’s Year 2 Letter to Connecticut Teachers
These are dark time for our students, parents, teachers and public schools, as well as our entire country.
Connecticut continues to historically underfund its school funding formula. The crisis is now being exacerbated by Governor Malloy and the Democratic legislature’s decision to implement the deepest education budget cuts in state history.
At the same time, the legislature completed its 2016 session without addressing the fundamental problems associated with the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory Common Core SBAC testing scheme, nor did it step forward and require that the Malloy administration develop a teacher evaluation system that is not reliant on the scores of this failed and disastrous testing program.
People should be outraged and should be demanding that elected officials be held accountable for their actions.
In this guest commentary piece, Connecticut educator Matthew Valenti puts into words what many are thinking.
Valenti is not only a retired school teacher and champion on behalf of public education, he is one of the most outspoken advocates for teachers and the teaching profession.
Exactly one year ago, Matt Valenti wrote an open letter to Connecticut teachers that first appeared here in Wait, What. It was entitled, An Open Letter To Every Teacher in the State of Connecticut (By Matthew Valenti). Now, a year later, Matt returns to reflect on the state of the state when it comes to Connecticut’s teachers and public education.
Matt Valenti writes;
Last year, I wrote an open letter to all teachers in Connecticut and what a sad day it was for them. http://jonathanpelto.com/2015/05/21/an-open-letter-to-every-teacher-in-the-state-of-connecticut-by-matthew-valenti/. My letter dealt with the ineffectiveness of the newly elected second term Connecticut Education Association officers and how they ever could have been re-elected after their second term endorsement for a governor who slaps public schoolMatthew Valenti’s Year 2 Letter to Connecticut Teachers - Wait What?: