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Harp Reverses Course On Harries’ Reappointment

by Melissa Bailey & Paul Bass | Jan 31, 2014 6:37 pm

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Melissa Bailey Photo In a matter of hours, the new schools superintendent’s fate turned from imperiled to “looking very good,” as he won over a skeptical mayor.

The superintendent, Garth Harries, Friday morning saw his job prospects shaken by a surprise announcement by Mayor Toni Harp: Harp, who took office on Jan. 1, told news reporters that she would not support renewing Harries’ contract until he gets his budget house in order.

The Board of Education is scheduled to vote by March 1 on whether to renew Harries’ one-year contract, which began in July. Speaking just after an 11 a.m. Friday press conference, Harp declared she could not support renewing his contract in March because of concerns with the schools budget.

Her off-the-cuff remarks sent shock waves through the city, casting doubt not only over the future of Harries’ career but over the future of the school change initiative he has designed and led for the past four years.

By 5 p.m., his future had been resuscitated.

“It’s looking very good for him,” Harp said of Harries’ prospects for renewal. “I enjoy working with him.”

“And I enjoy working with her,” Harries replied.

She did not commit, but hinted that she would likely support granting Harries a new, three-year contract in March.

The reversal took place after a meeting at City Hall Friday afternoon. Harries showed up there at 4 p.m. for a regularly scheduled meeting with Harp. They talked for an hour, mostly about the budget. The pair emerged at 5 p.m., smiling.

Harp announced a change of heart: She said she would not try to block Harries’ renewal in March—indeed, she acknowledged that she may not even be able to do that. The March 1 deadline is encoded in his contract, and Harp has just one vote on the eight-person school board. Her chances of blocking his renewal are slim, and she cannot legally push the vote back to May, as she had initially suggested. She said she would abide by the board’s plan to evaluate Harries, then take a vote in March.

“The board has a process,” she said. “I’m not going to interfere.”

Harp explained her change of tune: She said she previously had become very concerned after reading an audit of last fiscal year’s budget, which showed the school board carrying up a $9 million debt for food services and daycare costs. She said she was concerned that that $9 million hole would carry over into this year’s budget.

Harp said she later learned more about that $9 million hole. It represents past debts for funds that are not part of the operating budget, she said. And she learned that “there was a plan to address it, and I wasn’t aware of that plan.”

As of early December, the school district’s budget deficit stood at $3.5 million. Harries said he shares Harp’s concern about the budget and has been whittling away at that number since then.

“He assured me that he will use everything in his power” to close the gap, Harp said. “I’m convinced that we will end the year in the black” for the schools budget.

A previous version of this story follows.

Paul Bass Photo Mayor Toni Harp sent a signal to all her department heads Friday by saying she won’t support the reappointment of her schools superintendent until he gets his budget house in order.

The Board of Education is scheduled to vote by March 1 on whether to renew the contract of the superintendent, Garth Harries. He was appointed to a one-year contract last July; the contract, at Harries’ request, called for a renewal decision by March 1.

That’s too early, Harp (pictured) said Friday.

Speaking to reporters outside an unrelated City Hall press conference, Harp said she will not support renewing his contract then because the department has run perpetual deficits.

“I haven’t made a decision about Garth Harries,” Harp said. “Maybe by May.”

Reached Friday, school board President Carlos Torre said the board cannot simply delay the vote on Harries’ contract renewal. At Harries’ request, the board set a March 1, 2014 deadline to vote on whether to renew Harries’ contract.

The board can’t change that date “all of a sudden,” Torre said. “It is in his contract. If there are any changes, it would have to be a mutual negotiation.”

Melissa Bailey File Photo The contract also set in place a process for evaluating Harries, beginning in December. The evaluation involves interviewing all sorts of people who interact with the schools, including parents, administrators and teachers. Torre said it would be inappropriate for him to take a stance on whether the board should renew Harries’ contract before that evaluation is complete.

Torre said he spoke with Harp around midday Friday and told him that Harries is not to blame for the district’s budget woes.

“I told the mayor [Harries] inherited what happened,” Torre said. “He has little if anything to do with what’s going on with the financial stuff.”

Reached Thursday, teachers union President Dave Cicarella said he supports keeping Harries as superintendent. He said the city just completed a national search that was “as thorough as you can get.” He said Harries is the architect of the city’s nationally watched school change initiative.

“We remain at the center of national attention,” Cicarella said. “Everyone is still talking about replicating what we do. If that’s not reason to keep him, I don’t see what is.”

Harp’s stated reason for not renewing Harries’ contract on March 1: He has yet to prove he can close deficits. She cited specifically a projected $4 million deficit in the school-meals budget. She said as a state legislator in Hartford, she watched year after year as other cities reported signing up more low-income students to qualify for federal meal reimbursements. New Haven fails to sign up as many, therefore failing to receiving needed federal reimbursements, she said.

Harp called her comments a wake-up call for all her department heads as the administration prepares its first proposed budget, due in March.

“I want to make sure he can balance a budget,” Harp said. “I have sat through two [Board of Education] meetings. I’ve never once seen them bring a spending report” or audit.

“He’s got to show me that he can live within that budget,” she continued. “I don’t want to say I’m going to support him, and we’ve got a $9 million deficit.” (At the latest count, the school board reported having a $3.5 million deficit for this school year.)

“I’m meeting with Mr. Harries today. I will get to the bottom of it. I’m saying that to all my department heads. We can’t afford to have another bond rating downgrade. Not on my watch,” she said.

“All these department heads have got to know they’ve got to balance their budget,” Harp said.

Harp said her stance has “nothing to do with the letter” that a black clergy association allied with the Rev. Boise Kimber released Thursday blasting Harries as unqualified for the job. Te group released that letter after a private meeting with Harries. Meanwhile, another prominent African-American preacher, the Rev. Eldren Morrison of Varick AME Zion Church, came out Thursday in support of Harries. Those positions reflect a possible changing power dynamic in New Haven: In the DeStefano administration years, Kimber was considered the preeminent black powerbroker. That began changing two years ago when a labor-backed candidate knocked his candidate out of power in an aldermanic race; and continued in negotiations with a charter organization over the sale of a Newhallville school building. (Read about that here.) Rev. Morrison, on the other hand, has the backing of charter school advocates; his church, which sometimes has three overflow seatings on a single Sunday of services, has become a must-visit for politicians like Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The church also hosted a major mayoral campaign debate.

Appointments, Budget In Progress

Mayor Harp has submitted a request to the Board of Alders to create some new positions in her administration—including a new grants office (read about that here); a new minority business chief; a new director of legislative relations, Rebecca Bombero (who’s currently serving as acting parks chief) to work on federal government dealings while also overseeing a Board of Alders liaison (Michael Harries), a state legislative liaison (Phyllis Silverman). She also intends to fill a vacant position, labor relations director; she said the city every day needs someone to deal with union issues that arise that are separate from contract negotiations (which an outside lawyer, Floyd Dugas, handles for the city).

All those positions will be paid for through approved money in the budget that the administration is not currently spending, Harp said.

Harp plans to meet next week with a childhood education specialist from Georgia whom she wants to lure to town as the new community services administration, the top City Hall social services job. She met Wednesday in her office with a a candidate from D.C. for another open top spot, chief administrative officer.

Harp’s comments Friday came after a press conference formally announcing the appointment of Migdalia Castro (pictured) as the new head of elderly services for the city. (Read about that here.) Castro vowed to help seniors go on more trips, find more activities at their centers with the help of local agencies, possibly get food (in an era of cuts in federal food stamps) from new pantries opened in their neighborhoods. She also spoke of working with the housing authority, Bella Vista in Fair Haven Heights, and Casa Otonal in the Hill to bring more services to seniors in their complexes to supplement the activities at the city’s last remaining centers, in Fair Haven, Morris Cove, and Dixwell. Castro’s boss, Acting Community Services Administrator Ron Manning, spoke of Castro’s long history as a community organizer in her neighborhood, among the elderly, among the power, and at schools. She said those skills will serve her well in her new job.

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posted by: Wooster Squared on January 31, 2014  2:07pm

“I haven’t made a decision about Garth Harries,” Harp said. “Maybe by May.”

This is an obnoxious move by Mayor Harp. She’s perfectly within her rights to select whomever she wants for the job of superintendent. However, Garth Harries deserves a timely decision from her regarding his future (or lack thereof) in New Haven.

Mr. Harries’ contract expires in July. A decision made “maybe by May”, would leave him less than two months to find another job elsewhere. That’s not an appropriate way to treat a public servant, particularly one who’s worked very hard by most people’s account.

Mayor Harp should at least give Mr. Harries sufficient time to secure another job if she decides she doesn’t want him for Superintendent.

I am, however, heartened to hear her voice concern over the bond rating, which I feel did not get enough attention from her during the election. I hope she expresses this same concern when deciding whether or not to back Michael Smart’s move to add a bunch of patronage positions to the City Clerk’s office.

posted by: BenBerkowitz on January 31, 2014  2:36pm

As harsh as the headline reads this is a smart executive move to help hold the head of public schools to the fire.

I think that Garth is an ideal Superintendent. Closing the budget gap will validate Garth as an operations man as well as a visionary.  If the vision is rolled out in an unsustainable manner for the tax-payer it will fail at the hands of political recourse. 

Admittedly the article title makes the indecision sound more like a stick than a carrot but Mayoral support is a good carrot to withhold.

posted by: darnell on January 31, 2014  2:37pm

Unqualified for the job? How did they come to that conclusion? Paul, can you include a link to the letter?

posted by: FacChec on January 31, 2014  2:43pm

The deficits were created before Harries watch started in July; However, Harries has not produced to date a budget proposal which shows budget deficit reducing initiatives. I repeat here my comment previously recorded on NHI.

posted by: FacChec on December 10, 2013 3:11pm
In order to have confidence in the numbers cost cutting/savings game that Harries is playing, he first has to be transparent and accountable to his own board.
According to Board member Alex Johnston, Previously board members did not receive regular financial reports.

Therefore, it is highly questionable just what fiscal year harries is talking about. The BOE finished the 11/12 budget year with a $3.5M deficit in food service alone. The BOE finished the 12/13 fiscal with a $555K deficit in the general fund, together with a $3.4M food service and a $1.6M daycare deficit.

Before, Harries can justify the deficits, he first has to report accurate revenue, the city contribution is not 177M, and it is $181 M (including new alliance funding) for year 13/14. In addition, the State of CT increased the education cost sharing grant by $4M, which Harries does not include in his $177M number.

The Moral of the story is that numbers don’t lie; superintendents tell stories without accurate monthly reports to the board to back it up.

On the other hand, Harp is also inheriting budget deficit gimmickry for the last three years in a row. Those deficits including those from the BOE food service-$3.4M and day care- $1.6M were wiped clean during the Sept 2013 budget close out. Budget close-outs are being use as the vehicle to hide budget year debt, and have for three years in a row, been using the debt service funds (bond funds), to accomplish balance in violation of the charter. The BOA approved these deficit reductions unanimously and without debate. Therefore, it is not only Harries, but also Harp who should be on notice to present a balanced 2015 budget without gimmicks.

posted by: darnell on January 31, 2014  3:15pm

Wait a minute, what is all this talk about Harries being a newbie, “The deficits were created before Harries watch started in July”. Fact is, he has been deputy super for several years. He is part of the leadership team that has put these non balanced budgets together.

Additionally, the BOE should not have launched and completed a search for the super until after the city’s chief executive was elected. As part of their justification for doing so, they gave a short one-year contract.

Now the chair of the BOE says they need to rush the process AGAIN. BULL! Our children’s education is too important to continue to play political games with.

Do a national search that includes the new mayor and her mandate for school reform, make sure that all stakeholders are included in the process (which means that it will take a little more time than 2 months), and be honest with the process. Mr. Harries can, and probably will be a candidate, and so he should, but let’s not do what was done last time, which was to gear a process towards one candidate, put up two FAKE candidates who do not stand a chance, and then conclude the process with a short term contract that now has us at this point of indecision.

If I were Mayor Harp, I would make it clear that I, as the CEO, will need to be a part and perhaps even drive the process for choosing a super. It’s not her style to be confrontational, but we need a leader who will lead. No time to waste when it comes to education.

posted by: Honest in New Haven on January 31, 2014  3:19pm

So here we are!  I have no ax to grind with Garth Harries, but the BOE created this situation by the dubious way they went about hiring him, and he fully knew this situation could come to fruition because of how he was hired.  There was no national search and that was apparent to anyone who paid attention.  Mayor Harp is finally calling the BOE on its spending—a topic which has historically been off-limits. She is right to withhold support until Garth proves himself, and being asked to vote up or down barely 60 days into her administration is not enough time.  If pushed to vote, Mayor Harp should vote “No”.

posted by: ProUnion on January 31, 2014  3:23pm

Not to turn this into a major racial battle by an means, however, it seems that Harp is pushing out anyone who isn’t Hispanic, Black or female.

posted by: darnell on January 31, 2014  3:52pm

@Faccheck

And BTW, Harp should develop a balanced budget, and if she doesn’t her bosses, the voters, will make a judgement on her fitness to serve. The super answers to the mayor and the BOE.

posted by: PH on January 31, 2014  4:03pm

Seems to me like Harp is trying to run out the last competent vestiges of the DeStefano administration, while simultaneously tripping over herself at every step.  This is another ominous development.  I thought Harp would have a more coordinated executive plan, but at this point it looks like she is just playing political games at the expense of our city’s functionality.  She has a lot of time left to get organized, but at this rate she also better start getting prepared for a stiff mayoral challenge in 2 years—the problems and questionable positions are growing by the day.

posted by: darnell on January 31, 2014  4:39pm

@PH

How is your comment not “racial”? Where are your facts? How many white men were “pushed out” compared to non white men? Doesn’t anyone on this website back up these overblown comments with facts?

posted by: Atticus Shrugged on January 31, 2014  4:59pm

Mayor Harp should not reappoint superintendent Garth Harries.  It is, as many others have commented, disingenuous to suggest that he, as deputy superintendent, is not responsible for the budget deficits. 

It is not enough that Mr. Harries be a “visionary” if he cannot execute.  It is not enough to be a model of national attention if you do so at the expense of future generations of children and current workers. 

For those who thought Mayor Harp was soft, this may be a wake up call.  She has her vision and is fighting to see it executed.  This is why she was elected and so long as she acts in a legal way, we the people should give her a chance. 

When I read the comments, I sometimes get the feeling that people are hoping she will fail.  They are praying for it.  Well, if she fails, New Haven fails.  We can’t have two, four, or any more years of failure.  We had enough of years of failure under DeStefano.  Let’s come together to move the City forward and not just to try and tear her down.

posted by: Atticus Shrugged on January 31, 2014  5:02pm

@ProUnion, Mayor Harp is not trying to get rid of qualified white people.  She just hired Doug Housladen as the transportation czar.  She has stated her intention to keep Police Chief Esserman.  Those are two prominent positions.

However, she should ensure that positions are filled by those most qualified.  If Garth is not the most qualified, which includes balancing a budget, then he should go.  Her standard should be excellence from her staff and herself.  There is no entitlement for white or male privilege, only talent.  She gets that.  Does everyone else?

posted by: Theodora on January 31, 2014  5:10pm

I have to laugh at the comments that seem to give this superintendent way too much credit. He was the least qualified of the three candidates who went before the public. He has been at the district for years and the budget deficit and the drop-out rate remain.

This only means that he should spend less time seeking a microphone to talk in to and more time turning around the academic and financial ship.

posted by: FacChec on January 31, 2014  5:18pm

Appointments, Budget in Progress:
Both Harp and Harries have announced the creation of new positions regardless of the fact that many of the proposed creations are already positions in the budget and held by persons, perhaps not endeared to Harp and Harries.

For example: Harries announced: Schools reshuffle begins:
http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/school_admin_shuffle_begins/

Harp announced today:
creation of new positions in her administration—including a new grants office (read about that here); a new minority business chief; a new director of legislative relations, and fill a vacant position, labor relations director; separate from contract negotiations (which an outside lawyer, Floyd Dugas, handles for the city).

Harp’s request is coming during the mid 2014 budget year, not the beginning of the 2015 budget year. In June 2013 the finance dept requested and the BOF agreed, without debate, to transfer the money from the vacant labor relation position to the private attorney Dugas, in order to continue negotiations with the fire dept. There is no vacant money for a midyear appointment as labor director. The Mayor’s office currently has an approved occupied position as Legislative policy to the mayor. The Mayor’s office also has a budget director position (duplicate to the finance dept. Most if not all departments have a current grants person. Creating a grants office with 4 people is a duplication of effort and services.

Both Harp and Harries need to explain their request for duplicate positions, and at higher pay, while claiming to save money…..NOT!

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on January 31, 2014  6:52pm

Black community beware when the media, politicians, and outside “organizations” pick your leaders and anoint your prophets.

We’ve been down this road before. 

Will we EVER learn.

The Rev. Mr. Samuel T. Ross-Lee
Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church
New Haven, CT

posted by: urban ed on January 31, 2014  7:04pm

I don’t want to minimize a de facto vote of ‘no confidence’ from the mayor. A HUGE (and IMO, BAD) development.

BUT….

A process reminder: The SOS is NOT a mayoral appointee. The superintendent is hired, evaluated, and potentially fired by the entire BOE, on which the mayor has one vote. His/her evaluation and retention schedule are contractually defined; moving the schedule is a violation of that contract. Most municipalities in CT make their superintendent decisions WELL in advance of the end of the superintendent’s term, (in most cases YEARS in advance)giving the superintendent lots of time to look for another job if necessary. (Not a problem in Gath’s case….we’ve already heard that he is heavily recruited)

OK…now for the opinion and conjecture.

This press conference (and how did this come up at a presser about the elderly services director?) coming on the heels of the clergy’s letter, smells like a heavily orchestrated event…like many events that we’ve read about since January 1.

If I were Garth, I’d A) be looking for a new job, and B) Not be offering the mayor rides to any more BOE meetings.

(does anybody know: Does she even have a driver’s license?)

posted by: urban ed on January 31, 2014  7:12pm

Uh….Ooops. Landscape has changed since I began composing my previous comment…um…10 minutes ago. Well.

Glad the mayor can make a correct almost-decision when educated on extant facts and legalities. Perhaps she’ll learn to do that *before* she speaks ‘off the cuff.’ That would be nice.

Any other New Haven citizens feeling incredibly stressed right now?

posted by: darnell on January 31, 2014  7:50pm

WT%*#@?!?!?!?!?!?!

posted by: FacChec on January 31, 2014  8:23pm

In reference to the update above…

How do you say OOpps! my bad, I thought I had the power.

Smile and Say cheese….CHEESEeeeeee!

posted by: ohnonotagain on January 31, 2014  8:26pm

Gosh this is so ridiculous! This is not about a stick or a carrot. It is about indecisiveness and jumping the gun because of outside forces and then retracting. Sadly this is our mayor. You have to laugh at some of these comments from people writing in about this.

posted by: BenBerkowitz on January 31, 2014  8:41pm

Atticus and Darnell,
+1 on the response to Prounion. Keep race out of it if you don’t have the facts to support it.

posted by: BenBerkowitz on January 31, 2014  8:48pm

Glad to hear it was resolved and nice to know what the Mayor would do had this actually been the Superintendent’s fault.

Upwards with Garth #NHV!

posted by: Threefifths on January 31, 2014  9:01pm

posted by: Theodora on January 31, 2014 4:10pm
I have to laugh at the comments that seem to give this superintendent way too much credit. He was the least qualified of the three

Garth Harries got this job under White Affirmative Action.

posted by: Dwightstreeter on January 31, 2014  9:42pm

Wow! This new reality show is really unpredictable.

posted by: NewHavenPublic on January 31, 2014  10:14pm

Garth Harries has truly scary corporate plans for our New Haven Public Schools.  I sincerely hope Mayor Harp recognizes that we need a professional educator as our superintendent.  Garth’s budget gamesmanship and courting Bill Gates’ money is NOT helping real children in New Haven.  Garth does not belong here.  He is a puppet for big money.

If Mayor Harp is serious about engaging the public around our schools, she will direct the board to immediately appoint student reps and plan openly for the election of 2 BOE seats as voted on in the charter revision.

posted by: Tom Burns on February 1, 2014  1:24am

Let’s be perfectly clear—Garth Harries had no role in financial matters in the past—that was left up to others—his charge was to lead the nationally touted reform movement in New Haven—he has no equal in this category—I had my doubts when he arrived, but no more—he is as competent an individual as I have ever met—he has proven that by his work over the past three/four years—As we speak he has already addressed the budget issues and he will, as always, be transparent in sharing this information on a regular basis—He doesn’t need New Haven, but our children and families and school community need him—for whatever reason that letter was written—there is no reason—it is just someone’s misinformed opinion—Garth has brought us $$ through the grant process that New Haven has never seen before—he is a very special individual in so many ways—if you have had the pleasure of working with him closely or have had a conversation with him—you would already know that we have the person we need—the stars are aligned in New Haven and our team from top to bottom is in place to do some very special things—Garth stays, hopefully as long as Dr. Mayo—Tom

posted by: OccupyTheClassroom on February 1, 2014  8:22am

Any concrete record of what was said behind closed doors? For the sake of transparency or at least the facade of transparency? Do we need to worry about possible public school closures/takeovers/turnarounds? Will there be any?

Should the country be concerned that our kids’ lunch budget is in the red (signals poverty—hungry kids—possibly) while new mandates (teacher evaluation, validation, increase in testing, etc.) are being implemented which draw away from a basic necessity?

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 1, 2014  8:59am

3/5ths

It is no less irresponsible to make a claim like that (without providing any evidence) than it is for pro-union to claim that Harp is only interested in firing white men.

Newhavenpublic

There have been many articles in this publication about the money the district received from Gates.  The money is tailored to helping provide time and space for teachers to work together to improve their practice.  It would be worth reading up on it here http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/gates_chips_in_1m/

More over, the district has had a policy of pursuing grant money from all and sundry for years.  Improving school quality requires resources, and the taxpayers have already been bled dry for daily operations.  There was little or no complaint when Dr. Mayo worked hard to obtain grants for the city.  It was the right thing to do then, and it is the right thing to do now.

posted by: Jill_the_Pill on February 1, 2014  9:35am

NewHavenPublic,

“truly scary corporate plans for our New Haven Public Schools”

I just wanted to remind you that it is Mayor Harp who signed a pledge to open three new charter schools a year. 

Harries seems to be doing all right in his job.  Sometimes he looks a bit battered by all the criticisms and demands, but he is certainly not diabolical or so inept we need to start over with a new (expensive) superintendent search.

posted by: nokoolaid on February 1, 2014  12:13pm

The issue is that the school system is being run by a lawyer.  Training does matter.  Would you let a fireman treat your cancer or your doctor replace your roof?  Exactly!  That is because people dedicate themselves to a profession - which education is - not a job - a profession.  Many professional educators knew they wanted to teach when they were young children playing school with their stuffed animals!  They then spent YEARS in college and graduate school taking countless courses and student teaching to learn about children and teaching.  It also helps that many urban educators attended public schools.  Hopefully those in charge will come to understand how much chaos has already been created since July 1st.  For more information just google search Broad Academy - CHURN.  That is what they call the deliberate chaos that Broad Superintendent candidates are taught. They come into the district, create great confusion, close schools, move kids to charters and what is lost?  the future of another generation.

posted by: cupojoe on February 1, 2014  1:14pm

Has the NHI be hacked by The Onion? My head is spinning.

posted by: Guido Brunetti on February 1, 2014  2:24pm

Mayor Harp’s updated evening response “I’m going to respect their (BOE) process” as quoted in NH Register. “I’m not going to interfere”. (NHI)

This echoes the sentiment declared by the Mayor subsequent to the management union’s protest upon the Jackie James “appointment”.

Perhaps before discussing such matters with the media, it’s best to wait until all the facts are presented,so an informed decision is made preventing these embarrassments.

I have a suggestion for a new position: Mayoral media Coach.

posted by: speakingthetruth on February 1, 2014  3:27pm

Get rid of Harries.  His shady background in NYC, his desire to run the school system like a business, and his joke of a teacher evaluation system are all reasons alone to show him the door.

posted by: concernedcitizenNewHaven on February 1, 2014  6:42pm

@Tom Burns “his charge was to lead the nationally touted reform movement in New Haven”

Are you telling us citizens of New Haven that Mr. Harries had NO CLUE as to HOW MUCH MONEY those change initiatives were going to cost? Don’t tell me that he thought they’d be free.

How much does the city of New Haven pay to Re-envisionary for validation of TEVAL?

How much money has the city of New Haven paid for training of teachers, administrators, etc. to implement these changes?

Mr. Harries has not been apprised of those numbers EVER? Wasn’t he deputy Superintendent? DEPUTY!?

posted by: Threefifths on February 1, 2014  7:55pm

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 1, 2014 7:59am

3/5ths

It is no less irresponsible to make a claim like that (without providing any evidence) than it is for pro-union to claim that Harp is only interested in firing white men.

There is evidence.Take a look at the two Blackmen resume.


Dred Scott

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/archives/upload/2013/07/Dred_Scott_resume.pdf

Kriner Cash

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/archives/upload/2013/07/Kriner_Cash_resume.pdf

Now take a look at Garth Harries Resume.

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/archives/upload/2013/07/Garth_Harries_resume.pdf

Now the job calls for a PHD.Dred Scott and Kriner Cash both have PHD and Garth Harries does not have a PHD.Also Both Dred Scott and Kriner Cash have been in the education system long then Garth Harries.Also Garth Harries got a waiver.Like I said White Affirmative Action.

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 1, 2014  10:01pm

3/5ths.

First and foremost, the job did not call for a PhD.  It was not included in the application materials, nor was it called for in the selection process.  The job did not even call for a terminal degree, merely a CT 093 certification.  Of the three applicants, only Harries had a CT 093.  Both Cash and Scott would have had to apply for a waiver to have their out of state certifications count in CT.

Second, neither Cash nor Scott hold a PhD.  The hold EdD’s.  While also a doctorate, it is a doctorate in practically applied research, not pure research.  This is important of course because Harries holds a J.D. (Doctor of the law) which is an equivalent degree in the field of law.  This is a degree that likely served him quite well when he needed to negotiate contracts with both the teachers and administrators unions this past fall.

Now, if we are considering other qualifications, then surely 4 years of familiarity with the district’s landmark teachers’ contract must count for something.  Also we must consider the fact that the board of Education in New Haven was quite pleased with Harries work.  The same could not be said of Cash, whose district merged with another under his leadership and he was politely informed that his services would no longer be necessary.

More importantly to my larger point, nothing that you have provided here proves in any way that Harries was selected, or that the playing field was skewed by the board as a result of his race.  There is no evidence that the board considered his race as relevant to the hiring process.  In fact, if anything, you have proven that in a city whose largest racial group is African American, a decision like this to be made without considering the candidate’s race.

posted by: cupojoe on February 1, 2014  10:46pm

nokoolaid,

Sorry, but just because you want to teach doesn’t mean you’ll be any good at it or that you’d be able to run a school. Nobody goes to president school and yet every 4 years we get a new president that somehow holds this country together. And that’s just one profession.

Faulty logic to think a lawyer can’t fix the mess…

posted by: NewHavenPublic on February 1, 2014  11:18pm

It’s been a busy day in here.  I have an @fest…

@Threefifths – Yup. White Male Privilege – allowing access to lots of outside money and power and WMP networking.

@Tom Burns – New Haven children do not need Mr. Harries.  He may be super cunning and calculating, but has not fooled all of us.  He quickly figured out how to frighten you and your union enough to get what he wanted.  He has done a fantastic job of busting NHFT 933.  You love him for this?  Your love affair is horribly misguided.

@Teacher in New Haven – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation withheld their “grant” money until Garth Harries was appointed.  You and I know the Gates Foundation purchased the New Haven superintendent’s position for Garth Harries.  I’ll agree that some money is being used to “provide time and space for teachers to work together to improve their practice.”  The Gates Foundation expect more payback for their “largesse”.  I am revolted that their money is being used to crush school communities with merit pay for some teachers.  Merit pay does not work. It especially does not work in schools.  But you won’t believe that.  “It will be different this time”.  Right.

@ Jill_the_Pill “I just wanted to remind you that it is Mayor Harp who signed a pledge to open three new charter schools a year.”  True.  But the Walton Family Foundation (AKA WalMart Heirs) would not be so bold if Garth Harries was not so inviting to private charter operators.  He has a very specific agenda for the public schools that involves opening up “opportunities” for more privateers.  This is diabolical.  The inept part of Harries is that he is not an educator.  Successful school systems are led by seasoned educators.  Can you provide an example of a quality school system led by a lawyer or business?

@ nokoolaid - You nailed it.

@ concernedcitizenNewHaven - Big, important people like Harries do not answer little people questions.

posted by: Threefifths on February 2, 2014  5:10am

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 1, 2014 9:01pm
3/5ths.

First and foremost, the job did not call for a PhD.  It was not included in the application materials, nor was it called for in the selection process.  The job did not even call for a terminal degree, merely a CT 093 certification.  Of the three applicants, only Harries had a CT 093.  Both Cash and Scott would have had to apply for a waiver to have their out of state certifications count in CT.

It does call for a PHD.This is why the BOA give Harries less money.I was told also when a man name John Dow Jr was Schools Superintendent even then the job call for a PHD.


Second, neither Cash nor Scott hold a PhD.  The hold EdD’s.  While also a doctorate, it is a doctorate in practically applied research, not pure research.  This is important of course because Harries holds a J.D. (Doctor of the law) which is an equivalent degree in the field of law.  This is a degree that likely served him quite well when he needed to negotiate contracts with both the teachers and administrators unions this past fall.

Taken from NHI 7/20/2013

Scott became an elementary teacher in 1997. He rose to be a principal, administrator, and finally deputy superintendent in Missouri schools. He’s been the deputy superintendent in Independence, Missouri, since 2008. He has a PhD in education from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. (Click here to read his resume.)

Cash, who’s 58, was born in Philly and grew up in Cincinnati. His resume boasts 30 years of experience as an educator, 20 of them as an administrator. That includes stints as Memphis superintendent, “chief of accountability and systemwide performance” in Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and superintendent in Martha’s Vineyard. Before that, he was an associate dean/ assistant professor at Howard University.

He holds a PhD in education from UMass-Amherst, a master’s in education from Stanford, and a bachelor’s from Princeton.

Part One.

posted by: Threefifths on February 2, 2014  5:50am

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 1, 2014 9:01pm

Part Two
Garth Harries again has no PHD.You said because Harries holds a J.D. (Doctor of the law) which is an equivalent degree in the field of law.Not the same degree as a PHD in education.In fact a J D does not give you the title Doctor.Yale has a program for Ph.D. in Law degree is for students who have already earned a J.D. from an American law school.

Now, if we are considering other qualifications, then surely 4 years of familiarity with the district’s landmark teachers’ contract must count for something.  Also we must consider the fact that the board of Education in New Haven was quite pleased with Harries work.  The same could not be said of Cash, whose district merged with another under his leadership and he was politely informed that his services would no longer be necessary.

Stiil can not get around the fact that Cash and Scott still have more time as educates then Harries.Harries to left New York.

Garth Harries Leaves New York City, and This is a Good Thing

http://nycrubberroomreporter.blogspot.com/2009/06/garth-harries-leaves-new-york-city-and.html


More importantly to my larger point, nothing that you have provided here proves in any way that Harries was selected, or that the playing field was skewed by the board as a result of his race.

The playing field was skewed.Again Look at all of there resume.They ask your self who was must qualified for the job.

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 2, 2014  8:23am

@New Haven Public.

I am sorry, but “you and I” know nothing of the kind.  In order for us to “Know” that Gates bought Garth Harries his job, we would need to have some confirmation of that fact from anyone involved.  More over, since such confirmation would also amount to bribery, there would be a federal criminal case involving both the foundation and the board members involved.

More over, for your claim to be true, the board of education having received a grant of $54 million just months before.  And having spent nearly none of that money, would need to be influenced by less than 1 million from Gates.  I frankly don’t believe the board cares that much about professional development to risk criminal prosecution over it.

Additionally, like 3/5ths, you have offered no evidence to support your claims of racism, your claims of union busting, or your claims of Harries being solely bent on privatizing public education.  Saying things like “we all know” and naming a bunch of rich people does not amount to evidence for the claims that you have made here. 

What I know is that the union leadership is behind him.  The union is behind him.  The board is behind him.  In my own experience, the vast majority of the people (teachers, students, parents, staff etc.) who have actually spoken to the man believe in his conviction and his qualifications.  Apparently, so does Harp.  That would be a very large conspiracy indeed.

posted by: Threefifths on February 2, 2014  12:14pm

How many of you remeber this man.


CONNECTICUT Q & A: JOHN DOW JR.; ‘You Have to Believe in the Students’

By SHARON L. BASS
Published: October 9, 1988

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/10/09/nyregion/connecticut-q-a-john-dow-jr-you-have-to-believe-in-the-students.html

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 2, 2014  2:49pm

3/5ths,

What you have offered is not proof.  You have offered only speculation. 

In both of the resume’s you posted in your earlier comment Cash and Scott list an Ed.D not a PhD as their degree.  They are A.  not the same thing, and B. not required for the job. 

The fact that some un-named individual told you a PhD was required does not stand as proof any more than if I said some un-named individual told me it wasn’t.  Most importantly, if a PhD was required then why did none of the 3 finalists hold one?  The original job posting was a matter of public record.  It did not call for a doctorate of any kind.  It did however require a CT O93 Certification, which only Harries held at the time of the selection process (check the resumes). 

And if for that matter the process was fixed, as you claim, why on earth would anyone on the board write a job description requiring a degree that the anointed candidate did not have?

Most importantly, if you wish to prove that race was part of the equation, it is necessary to show in some way that the people making the decision considered race as relevant.

posted by: Dwightstreeter on February 2, 2014  5:10pm

Three-fifths:
Lawyers used to get a Bachelor’s degree until it was pointed out that 3 years of post-graduate work merited a doctorate - hence the Juris Doctor.
There is a Master of Law degree, which just confuses the matter a bit more.

posted by: Dwightstreeter on February 2, 2014  5:21pm

Thank you, Three-fifths for the article on Dow. His analysis still makes sense.

Our society gives little support to families, from pre-natal care, post-birth assistance, parental leave, guaranteed jobs, housing and nutrition (see food stamp cuts) to unemployment benefits (except when the financial gamblers risk the whole system) and health care (still waiting for Medicare for all).

Children don’t learn in a vacuum. Support the parents, especially the single moms who struggle heroically (which even Richard Nixon acknowledged!) and you support the children.

Don’t make any one chase after child support. Let the gov’t guarantee the payments and chase the debtors thru the courts.

Put money into neighborhood schools (reduced busing might help) and forget the testing industry. Don’t blame teachers for failing to remedy all the societal deficiencies and inadequacies.

Someone has to take the target off the backs of the public schools and call out the charter schools for the expensive shams they are.

posted by: NewHavenPublic on February 2, 2014  8:21pm

@ New Haven Teacher – Wow, you must have quite a lot riding on your horse in this race.  I agree that evidence is important.  Let’s discuss. 

Are you seriously going to argue that Harries is not a HUGE beneficiary of White Male Privilege and his corporate connections did not directly lead to the grant money he secured?  You and I know that if Mayor Harp and the board do the right thing and appoint a real superintendent, the “soft money spigot” will stop flowing… and maybe even those “raises” in the recently signed (and hailed…) teacher contract might go “bye-bye”.  Now that would be a real problem for you.

Let’s look at the evidence for your claims of support for Harries.

22 of New Haven’s Clergy wrote a letter opposing him.  One clergyman supports Harries, but he’s hoping to get a bundle of our public tax money to start his church school, so he doesn’t count.

Do you talk to teachers?  They are frightened by his tactics, allegiances to big money, and inability to listen to people who disagree with him.

Aside from Alex Johnson, is the board behind him?  Not much evidence there. We’ll see in the next couple weeks if the board is willing to extend his contract.

Garth Harries is a clever man, no question there.  He is a good talker and rising Education Reform Star.  I think it is time for New Haven to let him move on to bigger conquests. 

We would like to make our schools better for children by investing in our school communities, stopping merit pay, and divesting from the union-busting Teach For America and Achievement First.

Real answers: Pay New Haven adults a living wage.  Give professionals autonomy to do engaging intellectual work with children.  Schools need to be able to provide the mental health and medical services to the traumatized and stressed children who need them.

posted by: Threefifths on February 3, 2014  7:21am

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 2, 2014 1:49pm

3/5ths,

What you have offered is not proof.  You have offered only speculation.

In both of the resume’s you posted in your earlier comment Cash and Scott list an Ed.D not a PhD as their degree.  They are A.  not the same thing, and B. not required for the job.


Sorry No speculation.Again let us look at all three resume’s.Which one of them have been in the education system based of there resume’s the longest?Second as far as the CT-093 superintendent certification.Here it what was said. A valid superintendent certificate or comparable certification or endorsement.Ten or more years of successful senior administrative experience and school leadership, with preference for experience in urban school districts, with demonstrated progression of school and system leadership experience.Now does Garth Harries have Ten or more years of successful senior administrative experience and school leadership, with preference for experience in urban school districts, with demonstrated progression of school and system leadership experience? Show me in his resume were he meets this Requirement?The other two meet this Requirement.Like I said White Affirmative Action.

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 3, 2014  9:57am

@ Newhavenpublic

First, the entire board voted to hire him.  Now two people have changed in that group since.  That being the case, he at least started with the support of most of the people who are currently serving.

Second, as a teacher in New Haven, I talk to teachers every day.  The vast majority of the teachers I have spoken to about this are supporters of Mr. Harries.  The Union leadership, as well as the union rank and file, seem to be supporters as well.  This is evidenced by the landslide vote to ratify the new contract, as well as by my own experiences in the district.

Third, under no circumstances would I argue that Mr. Harries is not a beneficiary of white privilege.  What I have argued is that neither you nor 3/5s have made a case that white privilege was part of this hiring process. 

Lets look at the numbers.  You have made the argument that his privilege gives him access to a “soft money spigot.”  This aside from the race of the two competitors, and a letter signed by 22 clergy out of the more than 200 registered churches in the city of New Haven. 

Unfortunately this evidence does not hold up.  Kriner Cash cites in his resume that he was awarded $92,000,000 from Gates (thats $91,000,000 more than Gates awarded New Haven) and $68,500,000 from the federal government (thats 14.5 million more than New Haven).  If the board was so concerned about the keeping the “soft money spigot” going, I should think they would have chosen the candidate who has greater access to that spigot.

Again, in order to prove that privilege had anything to do with it, we would need to know (not suspect) that many people in the hiring process were using race as a factor in their decision.  I am as yet to see any evidence presented here that proves that.

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 3, 2014  10:14am

3/5ths,

Still there is no evidence here.

“Sorry No speculation.Again let us look at all three resume’s.Which one of them have been in the education system based of there resume’s the longest?”

In my experience there are many many people who have been in education for a long long time.  This is not a qualification on its own.  In fact, it might not be a good thing at all if all that person brings to the table are the same tired old ideas that did not improve Miami or Memphis.

“Second as far as the CT-093 superintendent certification.Here it what was said. A valid superintendent certificate or comparable certification or endorsement.”

It is not difficult to get certified in CT if you have been certified elsewhere.  I was merely suggesting that a waiver would need to be granted, much like the waiver you claim (without evidence) that Harries received.

“Ten or more years of successful senior administrative experience and school leadership, with preference for experience in urban school districts, with demonstrated progression of school and system leadership experience.”

According to his resume, the first time Harries was labeled a manager was in the year 2000.  More than 10 years ago.  It did not say 10 years of experience in school leadership.  It said 10 years of experience and school leadership.  That said, since he moved into public schools, his experience is entirely in urban districts with strong results demonstrated in his sphere of influence.

While race and privilege are intimately tied to many hiring decisions, one can’t just claim racism every time a white man is hired in stead of a black man any more than one can claim affirmative action if a black man is hired in stead of a white one.

posted by: Threefifths on February 3, 2014  2:06pm

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 3, 2014 9:14am
3/5ths,

Still there is no evidence here

Take a look.You said According to his resume, the first time Harries was labeled a manager was in the year 2000.  More than 10 years ago.  It did not say 10 years of experience in school leadership.  It said 10 years of experience and school leadership.  That said, since he moved into public schools, his experience is entirely in urban districts with strong results demonstrated in his sphere of influence.

Now if you look at DR.Dred Scott resume.Also notice the title Doctor in front of his name.
Dr.Dred Scott has been a Deputy Superintedent from 2008 to this present day Garth Harries has been a Deputy Superintedent from 2009 to present.Also Dr. Dred Scott was a elementary teacher from1997-2001 and also a elementary principal from 2001-2006.Show me were Garth Harries was Elementary Teacher or school principal as long as Dr.Scott. Now look at Dr.Kriner Cash.Superintedent of martha vineyard public schools 1995-2004 also Superintedent of memphis city schools 2008-2013.Now if we look at all three you would see that Dr.Cash and Dr.Scott have the most Experience In Education then Garth Harries.


While race and privilege are intimately tied to many hiring decisions, one can’t just claim racism every time a white man is hired in stead of a black man any more than one can claim affirmative action if a black man is hired in stead of a white one.

But in this case the two Blackman have more Experience In Education then Garth Harries.So explain to me how did Garth Harries who has less Experience In Education get the job over the two blackman who have years of Experience In Education.

My bad.Are we not told we must hire the most qualified person for the job.So who is the most qualified person for this job.

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 3, 2014  3:40pm

3/5ths

I think we have at last come to the crux of our disagreement.  You and I have differing views of what the word qualified means.  You (and please correct me if I am wrong) seem to take it as a synonym for experience.  Having known dozens of employees of NHPS who had decades of experience, I simply don’t agree that the two equate. 

The most qualified person to my mind is not the person with the most years doing similar jobs well, but the one with the most relevant experience to the specific job they are applying for.  While Cash and Scott may have been in education longer, they have never been in New Haven.  They may understand the challenges that districts face in general, but they do not understand the unique challenges posed by our contract, our union environment, and our political climate. 

Thus to my mind, a significant portion of their experience is irrelevant to the problems faced by New Haven.  Harries on the other hand deeply understands the specific problems that New Haven faces.  That alone should answer your question.  Another possible answer is that the Board of Education trusted him more with the position. 

But I think the most important question you asked was the last one. 

Who is the most qualified person for the job?  The one who got it.

posted by: Anderson Scooper on February 3, 2014  4:03pm

Harp has obviously set Harries up to be the fall guy for this spring’s inevitable tax hike.

Based on that, I don’t see him losing the Superintendent’s post anytime soon.

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on February 3, 2014  4:41pm

Teacher In New Haven,

According to your definition of “qualified” it made ABSOLUTELY no sense for the BOE to propose or the City to pay for a Nation-wide search for a new Superintendent if they simply planned to hire the candidate who had the most experience IN and WITH the NHPS system and culture.

In your attempt to defend this hire against some overwhelming evidence that he was not the most qualified of the candidate who applied, I believe you have unwittingly allowed 3/5s to back you into a corner, admitting that the NH political culture, that is prone to deceptive behavior, manipulated the situation to get the result they wanted, while pretending to seek “the most qualified candidate” coming out of a national search. 

That, of course, is true ONLY if you are correct in your assessment of what “qualifiied” means in this context.

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 3, 2014  5:12pm

Rev. Ross-Lee

I see your point.  Allow me to clarify.  I absolutely believe that of the final candidates, Mr. Harries was the best choice.  Of the final candidates I think that his experience was more relevant in the end than that of Cash or Scott.  That said, I would not have said that in advance of hearing them speak.  On paper I agree that Cash and Scott seemed quite qualified, and might have seemed to be more qualified before their interviews. 

My point, is that neither 3/5ths, nor NewHavenPublic, nor I can claim without speculating that after the interviews, and after the public speeches and after the selection, we know what factors went into the decision.  For my part I was only convinced that Mr. Harries was the right candidate after hearing all of them describe why they should be our Superintendent. 

I can’t speak to whether or not the Board had an anointed candidate.  I understand how 3/5ths and New Haven Public might believe they did (though they offer little in the way of proof of that).  But at the end of the day there is much more to selecting a candidate for any position than their resume.  Without some knowledge of the proceedings, I am deeply uncomfortable with diminishing the board, Harries, and everyone else who supported him by lobbing around claims of bias.

posted by: NewHavenPublic on February 3, 2014  6:24pm

@“Teacher - This is what “pay-to-play” looks and is evidence of the Gates Foundation using money to influence the selection of Garth Harries.

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/64_head_to_teacher_leader_camp/

“Gates tapped New Haven in January as just one of a handful of school districts to receive a planning grant, with an offer to pay $3 million to $5 million to fund those plans. Gates has held off on awarding New Haven the full grant until after Garth Harries officially became superintendent. In the absence of the Gates money, the iPD committee has used the federal TIF money to fund this new experiment, Low said.”

posted by: Threefifths on February 3, 2014  6:27pm

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 3, 2014 4:12pm

Rev. Ross-Lee

I see your point.  Allow me to clarify.  I absolutely believe that of the final candidates, Mr. Harries was the best choice.  Of the final candidates I think that his experience was more relevant in the end than that of Cash or Scott.  That said, I would not have said that in advance of hearing them speak.  On paper I agree that Cash and Scott seemed quite qualified, and might have seemed to be more qualified before their interviews.

Now let us look your statement.

I absolutely believe that of the final candidates, Mr. Harries was the best choice.  Of the final candidates I think that his experience was more relevant in the end than that of Cash or Scott.

How is Harries experience more relevant in the end than that of Cash or Scott when both Scott and Cash have more experience in the education field then Harries.


That said, I would not have said that in advance of hearing them speak.  On paper I agree that Cash and Scott seemed quite qualified, and might have seemed to be more qualified before their interviews.


On paper I agree that Cash and Scott seemed quite qualified, and might have seemed to be more qualified before their interviews.

How can you say that Cash and Scott seemed quite qualified?All one has to do is look at all three resume’s for the answer.

The problem is you do not want to face the fact that both Cash and Scott are more qualified then Harries.Sorry you can not get around this.

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 3, 2014  7:05pm

@ Newhavenpublic

Now we are getting somewhere.  Now all we need to know is whether A.  Mr. Low knew this before the selection and was involved in that selection, B.  Whether the board knew this before the selection C. Whether or not this was explicitly stated on the part of Gates or whether or not Gates was waiting for a superintendent to be appointed, or whether or not they were waiting for Harries.

If we read the quote in the most cynical light, then we must ask the question, why were they willing to pay so little, given that Cash had received a much larger grant from them in the recent past. 

3/5ths

Clearly we have different assessments of the problem.  I think the problem is that you and others can’t admit that there is more to hiring than a resume. 

Put another way, resumes or no, I don’t think that anyone can get around the fact that we don’t know what happened in deliberations around his hiring, and so we can’t know that his race was a factor.

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on February 4, 2014  12:19am

Teacher in New Haven,

Your “since we don’t have access to the BOE’s deliberations, we can’t know whether the choice was based on race or not” argument reminds me of a VERY strong argument/insight presented by a prominent Civil Rights leader.

The Rev. Jessie Jackson once pointed out that the success of African-Americans in sports like basketball and football is not due to a heighten physical ability that we have, but that in sports like those where the rules and measurements of the game are objective, equal and PUBLIC African-Americans tend to succeed and one sees more of us there.

In contest like tenure at the university level, partnership in the law firm, and, apparently hiring by Boards of Education, where the rule tend to be more subjective, imbalanced, and PRIVATE, we tend to be less successful and our numbers go down significantly.

If the BOE is there to represent the NH public, while spending public money to conduct a national search, don’t you think it is a bit impotent for the supporters of said process to be left with “I don’t know what the Board’s decision was based on, why they hired a local and locally experienced person who could have been hired without the search, the pretense, or the privacy?”

posted by: Teacher in New Haven on February 4, 2014  7:16am

Rev. Ross-Lee,

No.  I do not.  You can’t know you have the right guy without comparing him to others.

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on February 4, 2014  12:56pm

Teacher in New Haven,

Your response is a shocking apologetic of an admittedly secret process that should have been made public, coupled with a baffling non sequitur that advances an undisputed idea.

posted by: Jill_the_Pill on February 7, 2014  10:35am

Superintendent Harries said yesterday that the district plans to cut elementary school class sizes, paying for more elementary teachers by raising middle and high school class sizes (fewer teachers at that level).  This is distressing.  Why can’t the funds for more elementary teachers come from cutting administrators and bureaucrats?  We need small class sizes at all levels.

You can register your opinion in the superintendent re-appointment process.  Today is the last day to comment.  Use this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tncX0wxEvdWqGECOiOoQNteVL5GRc71o75oJU1aouTQ/viewform

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