NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Union delegates drew a line in the sand regarding the direction of public education in Connecticut with a resolution aimed at educational requirements for state education commissioners.
The resolution is essentially a statement regarding the performance of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, who has no teaching experience.
For five years before coming to Connecticut, Pryor served as deputy mayor for economic development in Newark. In the mid-1990’s, Pryor served as policy advisor to New Haven’s mayor and was a co-founder of Amistad Academy, a public charter school in New Haven.
Edward Leavy, secretary-treasurer of AFT Connecticut, said four years ago the state learned there were requirements in order to become attorney general. He said the same should apply to the state’s Education Commissioner.
“It’s never more important than now that the position of the Commissioner of Education has the same level of expertise and experience,” Leavy said. “The problem with education is that too many people who have never taught a class or run a school get to tell us what’s wrong with education.”
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