Harries Negotiating Exit

Talks are underway on a severance deal to have embattled schools Superintendent Garth Harries leave his job, with his predecessor among the names floated as an interim replacement.

The deal is not yet complete, according to numerous people familiar with the discussions. (They didn’t want to be identified because the talks are ongoing.)

Under broad terms of the pending deal, Harries would leave his post sometime this fall, more than a year before the June 30, 2018, expiration of his contract, in return for partial payment of his outstanding salary. Harries earns slightly above $200,000 a year.

Maree Snead, Harries’ lawyer, is conducting the negotiations with Thomas Mooney, an attorney the Board of Education hired to guide its quest to push him out of the job.

A majority of the board has backed the general concept of partial payment, but it’s not unanimous.

Mayor Toni Harp has reportedly met with Reggie Mayo, Harries’ predecessor, to discuss him potentially serving as interim superintendent until a permanent replacement is found.

Neither Harp nor Mayo would discuss the matter when contacted by a reporter.

“The board is still talking about what we’re going to do. We haven’t made any decisions yet,” Harp said Tuesday afternoon.

“There is only one superintendent at this time. As far as I know, Garth’s still here,” remarked Mayo.

Harries would say only: “I’m focused on building on our strong start to make sure we have a good school year that continues our progress.”

The discussions follow similar discussions held over the past month on a severance deal for embattled former Police Chief Dean Esserman, who resigned Sept. 2. The city still has not answered a Freedom of Information request from the Independent for the details of that deal. Esserman has already landed a new job, at Quinnipiac University.

Harries, who’s 44, began working in the New Haven school system in 2009 as assistant superintendent. He was an architect of the city’s school reform drive.

He became superintendent in 2013 upon Mayo’s retirement.

Over the past year, he found himself in the crosshairs of the Board of Education, which went from being fully mayorally appointed to partially elected. Critics on the board accused him of not communicating effectively with them and disagreed with policies such as breaking Hillhouse High School into independent academies and pursuing a partnership with a charter organization on a new school project. They hired attorney Mooney to pursue a possible firing. A group of retired administrators called for his departure. Meanwhile, Harries found himself stymied on what used to be routine matters, such as hiring assistant principals and a youth development coordinator.

He began this school year with a whirlwind of public events touting progress on graduation rates and test scores and highlighting campaigns to tackle challenges like absenteeism. Mayor Harp, who originally was on the fence about Harries’ tenure when she became mayor, emerged as his champion on the Board of Ed, arguing that he was demonstrating clear progress.

Harries’ departure deal, once struck, would still need approval by the Board of Education. Given the fate of other proposals at the Board of Ed this past year, that means it won’t be considered a done deal until the final vote is cast.

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posted by: Teachergal on September 20, 2016  5:59pm

Get someone new. Let’s not go back to RM, big mistake. He should not be placed in NH for a whole year. IMHO. He’s old school we need someone with new ideas. A compassionate, knowledgeable, experienced leader. Harp should not be the one to make this decision. Speak up people.

posted by: FacChec on September 20, 2016  6:10pm

Neither Harp nor Mayo would discuss the matter when contacted by a reporter.

“The board is still talking about what we’re going to do. We haven’t made any decisions yet,” Harp said Tuesday afternoon.

“There is only one superintendent at this time. As far as I know, Garth’s still here,” remarked Mayo.

If Harp chooses this path, (resurrecting Reggie Mayo) she would be making another monumental mistake which simply compounds her already foolish decision to continue supporting Harries in the full face of BOE, teacher, parents and general public opinion. Mayo recommended and fully supported the appointment of Harries to the search committee, in spite of the fact that there were TWO more highly qualified candidates under consideration.
Mayo was chief adviser and unpaid consultant to Harries for a year and one half. Harries said he Mayo was his mentor and he valued Mayo’s advise.  It is time to clean the slate entirely and start over, I hope that Harp and or her advisors are reading and heeding this message and the below readers comments.



posted by: BoydJones on September 20, 2016  6:20pm

The end of an error.

posted by: acorn on September 20, 2016  6:28pm

Lets be very clear about this. Garth is a nice guy, a great politician and a very hard worker. He failed because of his policies, not for any other reason. The vast majority of his policies during his tenure were made to try to prove that a business model is what education needs. Our students were producing products so we teachers could pass them on to our administrators, in order for them to prove that they were doing their jobs, and in turn, passing on their product to their, whatever they are called -directors, it think,- who in turn worked to prove Garth was doing his job. I am sure there were many grants, and other fundings that were in play in this sad structure, but the point is education and development were never the genuine focus, products and salesmanship always were.

Our students are less curious, less ambitious, and not nearly as literate as they were a few years ago, in my experience. There has been a systematic focus on taking away these natural developmental impulses of our teenagers, in an attempt to boost test scores. In my school scores are going down, as the focus changes to compliance and product, from curiosity and conquest.

Please consider these thoughts as we explore the next step, and please hold those responsible for Harries’ hiring when we had some seemingly excellent candidates available the last time. Can we really afford a longer hiatus from true education?

posted by: cupojoe on September 20, 2016  7:19pm

Mayo! Wonderful choice!!! bring in guy who created the mess in the first place! Who’s on first.

posted by: RHeerema on September 20, 2016  7:30pm

Thank you for your service to our community, Superintendent Harries.  We need deep inclusion of all stakeholders in generating the selection criteria for the new Superintendent of Schools.

posted by: Bill Saunders on September 20, 2016  7:35pm

Mayo is the perfect political choice for interim School Superintendent—He knows where all of the bodies are buried.
If this were to happen, it would be a clear case of ‘‘Bringing in ‘The Fixer’”.

posted by: Mark Oppenheimer on September 20, 2016  8:29pm

Acorn, you write: “Our students are less curious, less ambitious, and not nearly as literate as they were a few years ago, in my experience.” You mean, in his three years as super, Garth Harries managed to make an entire school system of children less curious, ambitious, and literate? It sounds as if you are a teacher; regardless, as a parent I am fairly certain the schools have not changed so drastically, for better or for worse, in 36 months that such as effect could be possible. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine any super having such fast-acting super-powers. That is not a credible comment.

posted by: Westville voter on September 20, 2016  8:35pm

Anyone who suggests that the return of Reggie Mayo, even temporarily, is a solution is part of the problem. Mayo created the patronage-ridden, zero-expectation mess that Garth failed to clean up. If Garth represents sustained mediocrity, Mayo represents the deliberate abuse of students to satisfy his political patronage agenda. Any member of the BOE who entertains the possibility of his return needs to be removed, or needs to acknowledge publicly that they do not care about our children’s education. New Haven schools will not improve until there is a massive purge at Meadow Street. Mayo and his enablers will preclude that, children’s futures be damned. The mere suggestion of his return is a kick in the face to tax paying parents who care about their children’s futures. BOE, stand up or stand down. BOA, stop sitting on the sidelines. Garth must go, Mayo cannot return.

posted by: Thomas Alfred Paine on September 20, 2016  8:48pm

Mayor Toni Harp expended a lot of political capital and lost many supporters by defending Garth Harries at every turn. No matter how unreasonable, illogical, indefensible Harries policies and mismanagement of the the schools, Harp defended him and criticized the members of the Board who challenged and made him account for his actions and decisions.
Much of the dysfunction on the New haven Board of Education stemmed from Harries inadequate leadership and Harp’s constant defense of Harries to the dismay of a frustrated Board.
At numerous BOE meetings, Harries was publicly chastised by several Board members, like an errant child, for some abuse or misuse of his authority, for springing surprise decisions on the BOE, for breaking promises and agreements, for acts of insubordination that warranted a suspension, only to have Toni Harp dismiss his critics by saying, “You all just don’t like him!”
The Board of Education is comprised of a large number of experienced professional educators who frequently disagreed with the decisions of the superintendent, his management style, his attitude toward the BOE and his general performance. Every Board evaluation of Garth Harries was poor, sub par, just average, C/ C-. New Haven should never settle for mediocrity. New Haven must expect excellence.
Garth must go. To end much of the chaos and confusion on the Board, Garth has to go.
But Toni Harp also needs to go as President of the board of Education, for her role in defending the indefensible leadership of Garth Harries. No mayor has ever done this. It was a power grab that defied logic and the principles of the City Charter.
New Leadership for NEW Haven Public Schools must not only mean a new superintendent, but also a new President of the New Haven Board of Education.
Toni Harp needs to decide which job is most important to her, being a full-time mayor or a part-time BOE president.
She should NOT continue to do both. She should decide before the people of New Haven decide for her

posted by: NHPS on September 20, 2016  8:56pm

The fix is in:
Mayo interim School Superintendent—Then Ed Joyner Superintendent>

posted by: acorn on September 20, 2016  9:12pm

Thank you for your comment M.Oppenheimer. I should have wrote “more compliant” instead of “less ambitious” . Certainly our students remain intensely ambitious. It just seems the goals have moved from developing their own unique potential and their independence, to having the students figure out how to please adults and fill out forms. Perhaps I have been quite naive. Perhaps pleasing adults has always been what education is about.

By the way, 36 months is one fifth of a sophomore’s life. And Harries and his policies pre-date his ascendency.

Don’t fret, I am sure we will continue the business model.

posted by: MegIfill on September 20, 2016  9:29pm

Our loss would be his family’s gain. He can easily earn double elsewhere but chose New Haven. Hope he does not leave a penny on the table. Great job BOE, in less than a year they will have wasted 6 figures with nothing to show for it.

posted by: keeppublicschoolspublic on September 20, 2016  9:32pm

@ Mark Oppenheimer
you said, “It sounds as if you are a teacher; regardless, as a parent I am fairly certain the schools have not changed so drastically, for better or for worse, in 36 months that such as effect could be possible. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine any super having such fast-acting super-powers. That is not a credible comment.”

I respectfully disagree. I am both a parent of NHPS students and an educator in New Haven. 36 months was plenty of time to usher in Common Core, SBAC (and the battery of early childhood assessments), Math in Focus, and Words Their Way with open arms and purse strings. These standards, assessments, and canned curriculums are in my (both expert and parental) opinion developmentally inappropriate and devoid of inquiry, curiosity, and self-directed learning. I have seen a DRAMATIC turn for the worse in the past 3 years that my own children have been enrolled in NHPS and have been saying exactly that since the start of school this year. Truly, I can’t believe how much more depressing it is now than it was 3 years ago. In my opinion, the greatest tragedy is not having a superintendent who advocates for what is best for children; I don’t believe that Harries knows what is truly best.  Does Harries know 4-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 8-year-olds? Does he understand why there is resistance to the implementation of these standards and assessments by real educators? Common Core State Standards in early childhood is criminal. We know this; the research is beyond convincing. There are superintendents across CTwho understand this and have consistently spoken out against what has happened/is happening in Pre-K- Grade 2 in our state. Harries is not one of them; his actions and words imply that he supports this (drastic) shift. Talk to your kids. Talk to kids in your neighborhood enrolled in kindergarten or first grade. Ask them what they wonder about…what they would love to learn about?  Be prepared for blank stares and silence from NHPS kids.

posted by: Scamp on September 20, 2016  10:15pm

I was sad to read this headline, not because I agree or disagree with Harries’ policies, but because I am grieved to my core by the state of the New Haven Public Schools. The manifold issues that teachers have to address before they can even begin to teach, coupled with the manifold issues that children in this city face before they even enter the classroom, make the outlook bleak. I will remain hopeful - and PRAYERful - that the next Superintendent will be equipped to bring a fresh and effective approach to a district that is desperate for positive change.

I will also say that Mr. Harries has my respect; even though his policies and leadership style were controversial, I am thankful that he tried to implement the approaches that he believed would be effective. He was charged with trying to empty the ocean with a paper cup, and courage like that must be commended.

posted by: Noooo on September 20, 2016  10:38pm

People lets start solving the real issue of new haven schools…poverty…doesn’t matter who comes in next unless we tackle the socio-economic issue in New Haven.  Stop blaming Harries for an issue bigger than him and Harp.

posted by: Latina on September 20, 2016  11:20pm

This is a terrible idea for the taxpayers. Let Harries finish his term please. If one reads about Superintendents who were voted out before the contract.
1. They have to pay them full salary until contract is over (2018) $400,000 for Harries and add the benefits to that. Then add the salary to the new Superintendent 200,000. This does not makes sense!
2. It will cost the city about $600,000. This money can be used for our schools and students . This board needs to put their emotions aside and deal with him!Garth is not perfect, but NH has improved. I cannot believe that some of this members keep saying they want to fight for kids and are willing to loose all of this money. Regi is not going to charge very little, he will be making 600 per day or more. Wake up board! It is not worth it!

posted by: beyonddiscussion on September 20, 2016  11:53pm

The question isn’t who is leaving, but rather who is staying? So many have had enough and are getting the best deal they can and getting out of dodge. Morale has never been lower. Incompetence and arrogance is run amok. Everyone can see there is no captain at the helm. The city desperately needs new leadership at the top.

posted by: Intheknow on September 21, 2016  1:09am

@ Mark Oppenheimer

It’s clear that you are not an educator. Thirty-six months equals three years and that is plenty of time for any one person to negatively impact the educational process of children. Ask anyone at Central Office or the schools about the lack morale throughout the district; it’s systemic and it’s because Garth is out of his league. That is factual and I have lived the nightmare which is Garth, daily. Since you are an experienced writer, would you be open to take direction from someone who has NEVER been published or had experience writing save for one year on a school paper? Is it unrealistic to think that a publication would tank under this person’s tutelage for a mere 36 months? Being handpicked by Garth to be a “community stakeholder” in various meetings, means you must be loyal to him even at the expense of your children’s education. That is sad, even for you.

posted by: Latina on September 21, 2016  6:43am

This is a waste of money for our city. If one reads about superintendents who were out before their contract, they had to pay them their full amount according to the contract. In this case $200,000 for 2 yr and next:
Total$400,000 plus all benefits. Then pay Mayo per day- maybe about $600. Taxpayers will pay about $600,000. This money again can be use for our children. How can some members on that board insist on wasting this amount of money. Garth is not saint but neither was Mayo. Garth is more available to community and kids than Mayo was. People do not waste this money. The city does not have it. NHPS system has always been broken and I do not see how a new superintendent will fix it in few years. Garth needs to stay and complete his term.

posted by: LookOut on September 21, 2016  7:36am

Please no Reggie - Harries had his issues but Mayo was a failure at almost every level

posted by: BoydJones on September 21, 2016  7:49am

So if New Haven is to get an early Christmas gift with an opened position for superintendent of school, what should be next?

1. Reggie Mayo is not the answer, even in the interim. His history will mean distrust and a continued divide.

2. You can’t get the best candidate pool during the middle of the school year, so you need an interim leader.

3. The best answer for an interim candidate is someone who is close, knowledgable, capable and trusted. The easy answer is Michael Nast, who will be coming off the school board at the end of the year. He was superintendent in Stamford for 5 years, has deep knowledge of what is going on in the district and was an educator in the district. He would just have to steer the ship for six months or so.

4. The board could focus on vetting candidates for the entire school year. Unlike the board that ignored strong candidates and selected the least experienced in the last search, I believe that this board has a much better base of knowledge for what is needed and will act on the best interest of the city and its students.

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on September 21, 2016  8:49am


Of all the comments I’ve read here, your’s is the most relevant to the future of education in New Haven and the country. 

I would disagree with you about the Superintendent’s, the Mayor’s and other elected officials responsibility concerning this issues, however. For, their refusal to admit what you’ve said and to make it a part of the political and public’s conversation is a huge part of why this aspect of the problem cannot be solved. 

Unless America is willing to acknowledge that socio-economic realities affect the educational outcome, despite the quality of the schools, the systems, or the leaders of such, we are fooling ourselves.  We are fooling ourselves into believing that the wo/man on the white horse with the white hat will magically appear to rescue every child who is failing and “turn around” every school burdened with teaching children who lack the necessary resources outside of the school to assist in their education. 

It is childish for the nation to cling to the false narrative, developed over decades, that students are failing merely because the schools are not good enough to educate them. Of course, there are some bad schools and teachers.  But the adverse conditions that students must face outside of the classroom are culprits in their demise and must be recognized as such by all of us. 

The Rev. Mr. Samuel T. Ross-Lee

posted by: thecove on September 21, 2016  9:10am

OK… No Police Chief, no Fire Chief and now no School Superintendent? Where is the leadership in this city?

posted by: fearless on September 21, 2016  9:18am

Very costly move but everyone know this was coming. BOE runs day to day now so why cut him loose and pay Mayo per diem ?  Harries is neutered. Joyner is running the show We don’t need Mayo. He and King John designed this mess and Joyner wants no part of Mayo.  @boydjones. rarely do I agree with any of your comments. Mike Nast would be good here @NHPS. Correct. The fix is in. Joyner is smiling somewhere The hell with the extra money. Not his money. Harp is next on Joyners list. Ed Joyner the next King John. Let’s see how many Pom poms the Joyner lovers wave when he is wielding power from City Hall

posted by: ElmCityVoice on September 21, 2016  10:31am

My vote is Mike Nast. Please! Not Joyner.

posted by: Teachergal on September 21, 2016  11:02am

I speak from the point of view of a teacher who retired early than to work in NH an extra minute. Things changed big time in NH 5 years ago. There are many things but I’ll list a few:
1. Prescribed lessons/scheduling.
2. Lack of administrative support with severe behavior problems that prevent teachers from being able to teach, therefore the ability for students to learn.
3. Administrators, coaches and others entering classrooms, unannounced, with clipboards observing teachers and interviewing students periodically.
4. No relationships between admin and teachers. Top down management strategies.
5. Broken computers!!!
6. Pressure to constantly analyze spreadsheets and plan for constantly changing groups.
7. No opportunities for creative planning to provide fun learning experiences for students.
8. Fewer field trips giving students fewer opportunities to experience life outside of their worlds.
9. And soooo much more!!!

Please if you do not teach in a NH classroom don’t assume you know what goes on. Much has changed and this has affected student learning in a big way.

Do not bring back the bully of all bullies, Reginald Mayo!

posted by: fearless on September 21, 2016  11:23am

Watch how quickly Joyner’s daughter rises in the new Admin.

posted by: Brian L. Jenkins on September 21, 2016  1:51pm

Recruiting the services of Dr. Mayo is an excellent choice.  At least and until, there is some semblance of stability in the system.  It would be catastrophic to insert a new superintendent at this juncture.  Reggie knows all the nuances and the system extremely well. 

While the attorney’s are hashing out the departure package, I hope the they insert a one way ticket.

posted by: Doc on September 21, 2016  1:53pm

love Dr. Mayo but I truly feel we need a new face in the spot. Just putting it out there Dr. Illine Tracey would be a great fit.

posted by: Brutus2011 on September 21, 2016  2:27pm

I think the BOE should keep Harries until his term is up and use the time to search. He can use the time to find other opportunities.

Go for the least amount of disruption and expense to the city.

Mayo is a bad idea. He was extremely top down and authoritarian.

Harp needs to think carefully on this one.

posted by: Jill_the_Pill on September 21, 2016  4:44pm

“Dr. Illine Tracey would be a great fit.”

That is a truly wonderful idea.  She’s knowledgeable, experienced, and fair.

posted by: Nancyteach on September 21, 2016  4:54pm

Bring back Imma Canelli!!!!!!!!

posted by: BoydJones on September 21, 2016  5:20pm

No bringing back of anyone, please. New Haven Schools need a distinct break from its recent past. No favorites need to survive, just those who can be effective.

The board should have gone after new blood last time and instead we got a model of failure. Those who picked last time should take a back seat on this hiring.

posted by: UnderPaidPara2017 on September 21, 2016  6:05pm

A complete waste of money when Paraprofessionals haven’t had a RAISE in years! They are very much over worked and completely UNDERPAID. How about the Board higher someone that cares about the children’s education as well as Fair pay for ALL educational employees.

posted by: UnderPaidPara2017 on September 21, 2016  6:10pm

How about they hire someone who truly cares about the students education who will also give the Paraprofessionals a RAISE…such dedicated people working above and beyond, yet haven’t received a raise in YEARS…because according to the City there isn’t enough funds, but Everyone else gets a Yearly raise…can anyone explain that? Take that $400,000 and put it to better use.

posted by: westville man on September 21, 2016  6:20pm

Excellent opportunity to bring back one of New Haven’s best and brightest- Gary Highsmith!  A brilliant educator and administrator.

posted by: Brutus2011 on September 21, 2016  6:26pm

If there absolutely has to be an interim superintendent, then by far the best choice would be:

Imma Canelli.

posted by: Shingy on September 21, 2016  7:29pm

Garth Harries needs to take Sherri Davis-Googe (SDG) from Choice and Enrollment with him.  That office has not been the same since SDG started working there.

I vote to bring Bobby Cannelli and Mrs. Breland back!

posted by: loquacious truth on September 21, 2016  8:23pm

Dr.Tracey was just as responsible for the problems at Hillhouse as anyone at central office. She is the last person who should be put in charge!!!

posted by: NEW HAVEN PARENT1 on September 21, 2016  9:17pm

I hope parents and community can see this shameful move by Joyner.. to run the district from his dining room table. He is focused on elevating himself and family members who are employed by the BOE while he targets and intimidates employees who he doesn’t like. He needs to be recalled or stopped.

posted by: Hill Central Teacher on September 22, 2016  5:27am

NHI needs to do an investigation into board member family who is employed by the BOE and does not show up to work. Yet BOE criticizing effectiveness and ethics of other employees. Hypocritical.

posted by: Pantagruel on September 22, 2016  8:55am

The best solution is integrated schools. Everywhere integration has been tried, the educational achievement of minority students has improved, and has not declined among affluent white students—whose cultural awareness improved.


Set up regional integrated districts. Abolish the use of property taxes to fund schools, to be replaced by a progressive income tax.

Anything less is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. 

I know it’s a political pipe dream, but show some courage. Anything less leaves our inner city students in educational concentration camps.

Maybe the recent court decision is step in this direction.

One can hope.

posted by: mariab998 on September 22, 2016  11:10am

Not sure where you worked but the teachers in the New Haven school where I teach:
- have respectful working relationships with administrators
- plans in place for behavior problems so instruction is not disrupted on a regular basis
- time for teachers to collaborate
- autonomy in scheduling and creative lesson planning
- coaches that support teachers; not sure what school allowed coaches to act as administrators but that is not the vision of the math or literacy department and certainly not the case in my school.  My colleagues and I love working with our coaches (no clipboards here)
- field trips are encouraged to build background knowledge
- and yes…spreadsheets are analyzed to provide students with the instruction that they need.  Why is that a bad thing?  Shouldn’t we know where are students are, set goals and provided differentiated instruction?  What am I missing here?

The teachers in my school are thrilled to work with our principal, assistant principal, coaches, the TALENT office and most importantly, with each other to constantly reflect on our practice, our data, and research based practices to meet the needs of our students.

I feel terribly for you that you had a different experience.  However, it’s important to note that not all schools function the same way.  The school cultures vary and it’s not fair to say that your experience is consistent across the district.  Nor is it fair to say that mine is.

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on September 22, 2016  12:51pm

@Pantagruel ,

There are racist assumptions in your statement that you need to check.  Black students are not in desperate need of the presence of White students to do well in school.  Your suggestion that they do speaks to the notion that White students are inherently superior to them.

Your statements are paternalistic in a way that would be apparent to a person who is not operating under the notion that Blacks cannot succeed with the necessary resources without the presence of Whites.  You are wrong, and the consistent success of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) proves that you are wrong.

A greater percentage of African-American students who attend graduate and professional schools post college graduation graduate from HBCUs, which might suggest that Black students who attend schools with Whites are hindered more than they are helped or advanced. 

I posit that given the necessary resources at the secondary school level, Black student will do just as well as White students or better.  Black students in schools sans their white peers do not inherently exist in an “educational concentration camp” (and offensive statement if I’ve ever heard one), and they do not need the presence of Whites to save them, but adequate resources to equalize the situation. 

The Rev. Mr. Samuel T. Ross-Lee

posted by: ThinksAgainstTheGrain on September 22, 2016  1:28pm


A superintendent must hold a state 093 credential. Of course, we know that Mr. Harries was able to participate in the UConn “alternate route” program, because surprise, he didn’t actually have the credential.

Talk of Dr. Joyner, or either Imma or Bob Canelli becoming interim leaders isn’t possible. None hold an 093.

It seems that of the current leadership, only Dr. Tracey, Dr. Garcia-Blocker, and Mr. Johnson hold the mandatory certification. BOE member Mr. Nast also holds an 093.

Mr. Johnson was a Malloy/Pryor placement, and is highly connected to Achievement First. Please do your own background on Mr. Johnson’s history in the charter schools, taking money from the AFT (Why has no one asked to see the deliverables for that very, very large grant?) and overall deep ties to Malloy. Can we also know if Mr. Johnson was able to get his 093 through the UConn “alternate route” program?

Dr. Garcia-Blocker and Dr. Tracey have long histories as actual educators. Both are strong leaders and women of color. Either would be an excellent choice to move New Haven forward.

posted by: Pantagruel on September 22, 2016  2:21pm

@Samuel T. Ross-Lee

Yes, there is a racist assumption about school integration.  It’s that it’s inherently racist to have mostly white schools that garner the most quality resources. It’s not that inner city segregated children are any less capable. Point to any segregated system that achieves as well as suburban systems. None. But I can point to many instances of integrated schools where minority children do as well as their age peers.

Look at the work of Nikole Hannah Jones who had a heck of a time finding an integrated school for her daughter in NYC.

“I’ve spent much of my career as a reporter chronicling rampant school segregation in every region of the country, and the ways that segregated schools harm black and Latino children. One study published in 2009 in The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management showed that the academic achievement gap for black children increased as they spent time in segregated schools. Schools with large numbers of black and Latino kids are less likely to have experienced teachers, advanced courses, instructional materials and adequate facilities, according to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Most black and Latino students today are segregated by both race and class, a combination that wreaks havoc on the learning environment. Research stretching back 50 years shows that the socioeconomic makeup of a school can play a larger role in achievement than the poverty of an individual student’s family. Getting Najya into one of the disproportionately white schools in the city felt like accepting the inevitability of this two-tiered system: one set of schools with excellent resources for white kids and some black and Latino middle-class kids, a second set of underresourced schools for the rest of the city’s black and Latino kids.”


posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on September 22, 2016  5:24pm


Why you would make a relevant and factual point about unequal resources between racially segregated school and then go on a rant about segregated school while leaving that fundamental fact behind is beyond me. 

Just admit that the systematic, institutionalize racism in America makes it virtually impossible for Black students to receive the necessary and appropriate resources that white students receive.

The fact that Black students must share space with white students for Black students to get what they deserve is the problem, and it leads to a bevy of other social and psychological problems that few wish to talk about because the system is designed to operate exactly the way it does. It is a system that is intended to make sure that as few Black students as possible have the same opportunities as white students through the public school system - not to mention some private schools, as well.

Equalizing social and individual progress through the school system is a too risky proposition in America. 

The Rev. Mr. Samuel T. Ross-Lee

posted by: I Know on September 23, 2016  9:17am

NHPS has been distracted for the past several months. This is time to return focus to the children, teachers, and administrators.  If your right hand offends you, cut it off. If Garth is the problem, cut him loose. We cannot afford another day, month year of this fiasco. How could one feel a sense of pride working under this regime? Time for Garth to step down if he truly loves this system and students as he often said. Do what is right. Get out of the way. Right now Garth, you are a burden and a distraction. Admit that you were the mistake for this system and do the right thing… leave peacefully. Put on some pants once and for all!!

posted by: Teachergal on September 23, 2016  10:06am

You are fortunate to work in an environment that encourages collaboration and collegiality among the staff/administration. Unfortunately, that does not exist everywhere. I was just expressing my experience and those I worked with. It was a difficult and unproductive environment to work in.😝

posted by: BoydJones on September 23, 2016  10:15am


In total agreement. What cost him his job was incompetence. Now we are wading deep into his lack of character and commitment to students.

posted by: Massimo on September 23, 2016  12:45pm

Until the people whom the New Haven Public School System serves exhibit some type of change, no superintendent, school board, host of administrators, et. al., will be able to improve the success rate, which is negligible at best.
These are people who need to be reminded in person that it is time to send their children to school!