This week on Face the State we have as our guest Dr. Steven Perry, principal of the critically acclaimed Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, author and education contributor for CNN. Perry has been before the cameras many times here at Channel 3 (see above,) but usually to conduct a satellite interview with CNN. This time he’s on our air.
Perry doesn’t hold back on his beliefs and his education philosophy. He says the student comes first, no questions asked. During our taping he talked about his school, the state and the city, and about an issue he argues needs to be dealt with, or done away with: teachers unions.
“They stand in the way of removing failed teachers. They make the process so much longer. When it takes me a year to get rid of a teacher who is not being effective , if your daughter is in the first grade that is her first grade teacher all year, and she doesn’t get to do that year over.
Perry hopes there comes a day when he can hire non-union teachers. In addition, I asked Perry about political contributions made by the unions to political candidates. He is against donations using teacher dues because teachers have no say in who gets the endorsement or donation, in fact he told me his union gave money, from his dues, to a candidate “he would never give a dime to.”
We also heard Perry’s take on Governor Malloy’s sweeping changes.
You can watch the entire interview with Dr. Steven Perry, this Sunday morning at 11, only on Channel 3.
UPDATE: Here is the interview with Dr. Perry http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6806226