Friday, February 28, 2014


The Superintendent's choice is.........JOURNEYS.

Please weigh in. Hopefully teachers will also.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

More from you

What topics or questions do you want to bring up? Once again, no one knows who you are if you post anonymously.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

To Common Core......OR NOT?

From The Hour: Cafero is not the first Connecticut politician to raise concerns about the Common Core. Earlier this month state Senate Minority Leader and gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney, R-28, called for Pryor's resignation over the Common Core and educator evaluation plans.
In late January, Gov. Dannel Malloy and the General Assembly's Democratic leadership said a work group would be convened to discuss Common Core implementation and would solicit input from educators.
Nationally, the debate has spilled over from more Republican-leaning states into more liberal ones. Opposition to the Common Core is mounting in New York, where in January, the New York State Union of Teachers withdrew its support for the Common Core "as implemented and interpreted by New York State" in a unanimous vote of no confidence from the union's board in Albany.

Common Core or not? At least Connecticut is asking teachers what they think. What do you think? What do you think about how our Board is implementing it? 

Teachers, how do you feel? Parents?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Interesting Questions Around the City

Many questions have been floating in the air in Norwalk. Rather than let the rumors grow roots, I thought this might be a good place to find out what is rumor only and what is factual. If you know, please separate fact from fiction. Here are the questions being circulated:

(1) It appears that there are many consultants in the public school system making decisions. Why are we paying Manny Rivera a large salary if he is not capable of making these decisions on his own?

(2) Manny Rivera continues to work in his consultant capacity per his contract. Are any of the consultants hired by Norwalk a part of his firm?

(3) The newly hired Human Resource person is being paid $155,000 with an opportunity to work an additional 11 days. So what does that make the real salary of this new hire?

(4) Did the Board interview the new HR hire?

(5) Why is Mike Lyons always on Nancy on Norwalk? Does he answer Board members questions there? Is it his role to answer questions in the media or should Manny Rivera be answering these questions?

Yes, those are questions many people have asked. Do you have answers, or will these questions continue to be heard at dinners and around town?