Say it ain't so Ned!

To say I'm disappointed in Ned Lamont would be an understatement...cross post from Jon Pelto's Wait What?

Yesterday, the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER), a statewide group made up of some of Connecticut's most influential business leaders, called upon Bridgeport voters to do away with their elected board of education, and instead, allow Bill Finch, the Mayor of Bridgeport, to appoint who he sees fit to serve on Bridgeport's school board.

Connecticut Council for Education Reform is the "education reform" group that played a prominent role in support of Governor Malloy's "education reform" bill.

In a blast email to their supporters yesterday morning, they wrote: "This Election Day, Bridgeport voters will make a critical decision that will impact students in their public schools for years to come. The district's Charter Revision Commission has put forth a referendum that would give the mayor the final decision as to who would be appointed to the city's board of education. It is vital that Bridgeport citizens vote yes to this proposed change in order to avoid the reversal of the many positive gains that have recently taken place for Bridgeport public schools."

As they say, their argument is that an elected board of education would be be dysfunctional, but a board appointed by Bridgeport's Mayor will work together and continue "the many positive gains" in Bridgeport.

Imagine if corporate executives told the American people that because Congress is, as we all know, dysfunctional, that members of Congress should be appointed by the President rather than elected by the people.

Yet that is exactly what these business people are saying.

Not that regular people will run into many of these business leaders, but here is the list of Directors of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER).  If you see any of them, ask them why they think that giving up citizens' democratic rights is something for which American businesspeople should be advocating?

The CCER Board of Directors is;

Steven J. Simmons, Chairman & CEO, Simmons/Patriot Media & Communications

Ramani Ayer, Retired Chairman & CEO, The Hartford

Roxanne Coady, President & Founder, RJ Julia Bookstore

Mary Barneby, Complex Director, UBS Private Wealth Office

Marna Borgstrom, President & CEO, Yale New Haven Hospital System

John Crawford, President, Strategem, LLC; Lead Director of Board of Directors, Webster Bank

Mitchell Etess, CEO, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

William W. Ginsberg, President & CEO, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Kim Jeffery, President & CEO, Nestle Waters North America

John R. Koelmel, President & CEO, First Niagara Finanacial Group

Ned Lamont, Founder and Chairman, Campus TeleVideo; Distinguished Professor, Central Connecticut State University

Richard Levin, President, Yale University

Brian MacLean, President & COO, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

John R. Rathgeber, President & CEO, Connecticut Business & Industry Association

Jim Torgerson, President & CEO, United Illuminating Holdings Corporation

Dudley N. Williams, Jr., Director of Corporate Citizenship & Diversity, GE Asset Management Group

PS:  If you have contact information for any of these people, drop them a note and ask them where the draw the line when it comes to taking away people's right to direct representation?

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