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Jonathan Pelto: In Connecticut, Follow the Money

As I wrote a couple of days ago,” I am certain the Governor and the legislature realize when the state education funds are cut the children who suffer most are those who live in towns and cities that cannot raise local property taxes because they do not have the economic wherewithal to do so. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

Welcome to the wonderful world of ESSA… where the oligarchs get a chance to set the policy for public schools state-by-state…

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Governor Dannell Malloy of Connecticut sold his soul to hedge fund managers and corporate reformers.

Jonathan Pelto reports the tawdry details:

“Call it the new American Way. The billionaires, millionaires and corporate elite who fund charter schools give generously to Democratic and Republican politicians and the politicians return the favor by shifting public funds into the coffers of the privately owned, but publicly funded charter schools.

“Here is in Connecticut the system was clearly on display last week when Governor Dannel Malloy and his sidekick, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, rolled out their new “austerity budget” for 2016-2017.

“In classic fashion their plan slashes the full array of vital services while giving the wealthy yet another tax break. Their plan makes absolutely no effort, what-so-ever, to require Connecticut’s richest resident to pay their fair share in taxes.

“But their budget certainly targets the middle class and all of Connecticut’s working families, along…

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