Gov. Malloy Pitches Longer School Days, Years, Summer Schools on ‘Morning Joe’

On the heels of a sometimes contentious kick-off of his road show to sell his education reform plan, Gov. Dannel Malloy appeared once again on national television where he pitched longer school days, school calendar years and summer instruction. Malloy appeared on-location in Fort Lee, New Jersey on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

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Thursday night, Malloy kicked off his education reform tour in Hartford.’s Christine Stuart has the full story.

The Hartford Courant’s fine writer Rick Green notes that Malloy certainly has his critics outside the town hall-style events. Well-known attorney Norm Pattis headlined his blog “Goose Stepping Governor” and posted an email from a contact that was riddled with poor grammar and poor punctuation. It also contained the factually incorrect assertion that Gov. Malloy “utilized” an emergency certification (e-cert) bill to further his education reform agenda. The governor, Malloy or anyone else in the office, can’t utilize an e-cert, only the legislature can.

Rick Green also points out that former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto, who continues to marginalize himself, has a new conspiracy theory about the Bridgeport Schools. Pelto continuing, personal vendetta against Malloy is getting very old. The Malloy administration certainly knows now what I knew last summer when I debated Pelto on WNPR’s “Where We Live”—he will never have anything positive to say about Malloy because the governor didn’t appoint him to the transition team after Malloy won the office, nor did Malloy give Pelto a position in the new administration. Those perceived snubs have resulted in the constant criticism of Malloy.