Former Chicago AUSL turnaround school guy “Dr.” Terrence P. Carter is no doctor. And he may not even be certified.
Every day brings more problems for the New London, Connecticut board of education and their now-on-hold decision to hire Terrence P. Carter as their school superintendent. Carter came from Chicago where he worked on managing turnaround schools for the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), claiming a PH.D. – which he now admits he did not earn.
- From The Day
Carter’s certification for New London superintendent’s job in question.
New London — As questions continue to mount about Terrence P. Carter’s academic record and previous financial issues, the Board of Education may have another line of inquiry when it meets Thursday: whether its unanimous choice to be the city’s next superintendent is certified to hold the position.
The superintendent’s job description, which the Board of Education adopted as an official policy in 2005, requires that the city’s superintendent hold a valid superintendent certificate in Connecticut. The state requires the same qualification.
According to state records, Carter is not currently certified as a superintendent in Connecticut.
He does, however, hold a provisional educator certificate and an endorsement for “intermediate administration and supervision” in Connecticut, records show. The certificate, which is valid for eight years, was issued June 13, the day after the Board of Education announced Carter as its unanimous choice for the city’s superintendent of schools.
To be granted a provisional certificate, which is the second in the state’s three-tier certification system, the applicant must complete “30 months of successful appropriate experience within ten years” in a public or approved nonpublic school, according to the state Department of Education website.
But becoming a certified superintendent in Connecticut requires a master’s degree, completion of 30 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree, “a minimum of 80 school months of successful teaching or service,” a minimum of 30 school months as a full-time administrator and a recommendation from an institution where the applicant completed a superintendent preparation program, according to state Department of Education regulations.
The same regulations define “successful teaching or service” as “full-time professional educational experience” as a teacher, administrator or serving in certain staff positions.
It was not clear Tuesday whether Carter has applied for a superintendent certificate in Connecticut.
By email Tuesday, Carter said he has “already been vetted by the board and the State of Connecticut” and referred all questions to the New London Board of Education.
Board President Margaret Mary Curtin could not be reached to comment Tuesday evening.
Last month, Carter told The Day that he taught a year each of third, fifth and seventh grades in Paterson, N.J., the state’s third-largest district, which consists of 54 schools and enrolls nearly 30,000 students.
A representative from Paterson Public Schools did not return calls Tuesday from The Day seeking to verify Carter’s employment.
Lawyers challenging last year’s pension reform law said they will make another attempt to get an expedited ruling in the case in the wake of the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in the retiree health insurance case.
Lawyers said they believe the ruling in the health insurance case — called the Kanerva decision after one of the plaintiffs — effectively nullifies the state’s argument that Illinois’ severe financial problems allow pensions to be changed, despite the pension protection clause of the state Constitution.
At a hearing Tuesday, the lawyers said they will be filing new motions that will bring the issue before Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz.
“In the health care (case) and in this case, the change in pension is clearly a diminishment and impairment protected by the Constitution,” said Don Craven, who brought one of the five lawsuits challenging the pension reform law.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court said the state cannot charge retirees premiums for their state-subsidized health insurance. People who retire with 20 or more years of service are entitled to premium-free health insurance. The court said a state law passed to charge all retirees premiums for their health insurance represented a diminishment of retirement benefits prohibited by the Constitution.
The pension reform law also changes benefits, such as raising the retirement age and ending automatic, 3 percent compounded increases in retirement benefits. Attorneys for the state argue the state has sovereign powers that allow those changes because of the state’s financial problems.
“The Supreme Court could hardly have been clearer in destroying the police powers argument in the Kanerva case,” said attorney John Myers, who brought another of the pension reform lawsuits. “What the Supreme Court is saying is you have to fund this, now figure it out. That destroys the whole sovereign powers defense, which is, ‘We don’t have to figure it out, we can impair pensions.’ ”
NBC’s Mark Anderson of the Ward Room explains why Rahm’s money advantage may not be enough to save him.
Rahm Emanuel, meet Ras Baraka.
For those not following New Jersey politics, Baraka is the political progressive who won the 2014 mayoral election in Newark, the state’s largest city. To win, Baraka beat Shavar Jeffries, who many political observers in Jersey saw as the candidate of the state’s political establishment. Baraka’s victory is seen by many across the country as a significant victory for a progressive candidate in a big city mayoral race.
For Chicagoans, the 2014 Newark election may be of some interest. While every election has its own dynamics and, more importantly, its own backstory and political intrigue, a number of key similarities exist between the 2014 Newark race and the upcoming Chicago mayoral election.
For one, the Newark mayor’s office had for years been occupied by Cory Booker, a major player in national Democratic politics just like Rahm Emanuel.
For another, the 2014 election was widely seen as a referendum on Booker’s particular brand of big donor, corporate-friendly politics that dominated Newark during his reign. For many here in Chicago, Mayor Rahm is seen more as “Mayor 1%”, more focused on the welfare of the city’s elite than everyday citizens.
As well, Newark’s education system had been gutted by powerful political interests. In 2013, Newark schools superintendent announced plans to consolidate, relocate and re-configure more than one-quarter of the city’s schools, including transferring neighborhood schools to charter school operators. As a result, education issues dominated the 2014 race, helping to define the candidate’s profiles in the minds of many voters.
Just like Chicago.
Linda writes, “Oh Fred it gets even better.”
New London — Before the Board of Education meets Thursday night to vote on a contract for Terrence P. Carter, its unanimous selection as the city’s next superintendent of schools, it will hold a closed-door conference call to question him further about his academic record.
On Monday, the Board of Education canceled its scheduled meeting to vote on Carter’s contract “in order to provide Board of Education members with the opportunity to fully clarify and consider recent statements and assertions concerning Terrence Carter,” according to a press release issued by the school system.
The Hartford Courant reported Friday that Carter is listed as “Ph.D.” or “Dr. Terrence P. Carter” on numerous documents over the past five years, including book jackets, programs for symposiums and Chicago Board of Education publications. Carter has not yet received a doctorate in educational studies.
And, according to court documents, Carter has a history of defaulting on financial obligations and has filed for bankruptcy in two states. His claims, though, were dismissed because he failed to appear at a court-scheduled meeting or file required paperwork.
In a Feb. 3, 2012, filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, Carter claimed a total of $768,649 in liabilities, including $211,224 in student loan obligations, and reported $338,654 in assets. He listed his average monthly income as $7,134.53 and claimed $4,758 in monthly household expenses, according to documents filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Northern District of Illinois.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows a debtor who earns a regular income to propose a plan to repay debts over a three- or five-year period, according to court documents.
Carter’s filing lists 14 creditors, including American Express, Citibank, Sallie Mae and the U.S. Department of Education.
Today’s editorial in the Hartford, Connecticut Courant.
Terrence P. Carter has some explaining to do.
Mr. Carter, a Chicago educator hired to be New London’s new superintendent of schools, has been referring to himself as “doctor” for more than five years, years in which he has not held a doctorate from an accredited university, The Courant reported Friday. He is scheduled to receive a doctorate next month from an accredited university.
New London’s school board was schedule to vote on Mr. Carter’s appointment last night, but put off the vote to look into the matter. The Courant reported that since 2008, Mr. Carter is listed as “Ph.D.” or “Dr.” on more than a dozen documents.
When asked about this, he first said he had a doctorate in theology from Hamersfield University in London. When pressed, he sent a printed transcript from a Lexington University, indicating he had a Ph.D. in Human Resource Management and Organizational Learning. Mr. Carter said it was the same school with a different name. It is not accredited under either name (nor could either be located).
I left the NEA Representative Assembly in Denver with good feelings. We passed a strong statement on the misuse of testing. We called for the firing of Education Secretary Arne Duncan. We caused heartburn for union-hating centrist Democrats and public school-hating Republicans. We elected three strong women of color to head our union.
So, it is more than a little troubling that members of the NEA Staff Union – employees of the NEA – can’t get a contract.
I strongly believe that collective bargaining works. Regardless of the issues being bargained, an agreement can be reached if both sides want one.
Our new leadership should direct NEA Executive Director John Stocks to do whatever he can to reach a settlement that is fair and equitable to both sides.
This from the NFSE:
NEA Staff Union Urges Management to End the Hypocrisy
Bullying, intimidation and anti-union tactics used against employees
(Washington, D.C.)— Despite multiple attempts to reach a settlement with management, National Education Association (NEA) employees continue to work without a contract. Meanwhile, NEA executive director John Stocks hasn’t stopped his attacks on the very workers who have helped slow the membership decline over the last year. Contract negotiations, which began on May 13th, have stalled as managers refuse to include anti-bullying language and diminish workers’ rights. Association of Field Service Employees (AFSE) President Sue Chase, which represents NEA’s national field organizers, issued the following statement:
“Over the last year, we have done our best to work collaboratively with new management to meet the goals of the organization. Unfortunately, we cannot seem to break through the new culture—one that rewards secrecy and divisiveness, instead of respect and cooperation. Mr. Stocks’ management team issued their “last, best, and final offer” last week even while negotiators were making progress at the table.
We are no strangers to this type of hostility. The truth is, we come across it every day when we’re on the front lines, supporting and fighting for NEA members. What we have witnessed is shocking: just like “so-called” reformers who want to rid public schools of skilled and experienced educators, unfortunately it seems NEA has the same vision for its field staff.
“Never before has AFSE worked this long without a contract, or has management been so antagonistic. When we entered this bargain we had hoped that Mr. Stocks—who was recently named chair of the Democracy Alliance—would support AFSE employees. After all, we have travelled the country, working tirelessly over the years to help NEA empower its leaders and grow the organization.
“We are dismayed by the reality. We don’t think it’s too much to ask that a social justice champion like Mr. Stocks honor the employees and the members of the organization by encouraging his management team to end bullying and support basic union values.
It is our sincere desire that when we return to the bargaining table with the federal mediator on July 28th that we will be able to settle a contract which supports the staff who work to support the everyday working heroes in America’s schools, colleges, and universities. Labor-management collaboration is in the best interest of all concerned.”
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Since 1973, the Association of Field Service Employees (AFSE) union representing field service employees of the National Education Association has been working to protect the rights and improve the working conditions of those NEA staff who advocate for NEA members in the field.
“Lewis has been an Eva Peron-style champion for teachers facing layoffs, school closures and the loss of their pensions (along with police and fire unions).” NBC’s Erin Carlson.
Ah. Chicago journalism.
Here’s the headline this morning at NBC’s Ward Room:
“Seeking Re-Election, Emanuel Gets More Love From Labor Unions.”
When Rahm Emanuel held a press conference to herald the ground-breaking of Wolf Point West Tower — a 48-story, $160 million development on the Chicago River — Tom Villanova, president of the Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council, and Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, took the stage to sing the mayor’s praises.
“Thank you to Rahm Emanuel for all that you’ve done to bring good middle class construction jobs to the city of Chicago,” declared the burly Trades Council boss Villanova on Friday, adding: “And I will let you know, as far as labor’s concerned, Congressman Rahm Emanuel had a 95 percent lifetime labor voting record and we appreciate that. … His vision and leadership has brought projects that were dreams or blueprints lying on some architect’s desk into a reality. He’s made it possible for our members to go to work, pay their bills and support their families.”
The lovefest continued as Ramirez praised Emanuel’s attention to less visible, below-ground infrastructure projects that he said contribute as much to the Chicago economy as flashier developments like Wolf Point.
Shocking! The Chicago building trades union leaders back the Machine.
The next breaking news from Erin Carlson will be that Barrington will go Republican.
But that Chicago’s working families love Rahm? Hell no.
Or Karen Lewis for Eva Peron.
No Erin. Madonna for Eva Peron.
Karen Lewis for Mayor.