OP-ED | Keep An Eye Out for Mischief in Implementer When It Comes to Transparency – CTNewsJunkie.com

By Sarah Darer Littman

According to the CT General Assembly website, an implementer is a “bill that changes statutes to put into effect or ‘implement’ the provisions of the adopted state budget.”

That’s in theory. In practice, it’s when all sorts of “rats” get stuffed into a take-it-or-leave-it bill. It was through the 2010 implementer that Windham got stuck with special master Steven Adamowski, under whose tenure achievement didn’t improve. In 2014, Sen. John Fonfara, D-Hartford, inserted a provision that said previously closed Flower Street in Hartford must “remain open to vehicular traffic for at least 20 hours per day.” The majority of his fellow legislators found out about that after they’d passed the bill.

The CT Mirror’s Jacqueline Rabe-Thomas reported Tuesday that there might be similar action afoot on the charter school FOIA front this year.

It wouldn’t be surprising, given how much of a fight the charter proponents have put up on the transparency issue. In her testimony to the Education Committee opposing SB 1096 in March, Achievement First President Dacia Toll [Read More]