Capitol Region Education Council

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Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. I've worked for CREC since 1980

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    strong educational agency - (RESC).

    Cons

    Dealing with limited funding from local and state agencies causing program downsizing.

    Advice to Management

    none at this time


  2. Great benefits, difficult work environment

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    Current Employee - Manager in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    CREC does excellent work in every sector in which they are involved. Great schools, teacher training, products, communications, services.

    Cons

    CREC's culture is very internally competitive and isolating. Very little opportunity for collaboration. Arbitrary promotion process. Feeling of very little job security.

    Advice to Management

    Work on agency culture. Promote cross-divisional collaboration.


  3. Fancy on the outside.

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    Former Employee - Social Work in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Social Work in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    CREC Magnet Schools spend a lot of money on buildings, students, and materials.Their pay is generally very competitive, and they have a lot of opportunities to receive free/cheap trainings/professional development. CREC Magnet Schools serve white suburban students well.

    Cons

    - Low-quality services for special education students. CREC Magnet School refuse to provide better services for special education students, waiting on sending districts to provide that funding. This means it is not uncommon to see a student with Autism engaging in severe behavior and no CREC service providers are trained to intervene. It is not uncommon to see students with disabilities in the back of the classroom. There is a culture in CREC Magnet Schools to do whatever you have to do to get a student with a disability out placed if their behavior is in any way an inconvenience to the teacher, staff, or principal.

    - Low-quality services for minority students. If you suspect you or your child are being treated differently based on race or zip code, you're not crazy. It is not uncommon to see African American students removed from the classroom for minor infractions (i.e., for doing the same thing their white peers are doing). If you report improper discipline, restraint, or seclusion to CREC Magnet School administrators, nothing will be done. Responsibility/blame will continue to be placed on the student/family despite mistreatment.

    - High levels of restraint and seclusion that go undocumented.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less on the fancy stuff and put money toward improved special education services and train school staff on the nuances of urban education.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Hard work, good pay.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; great colleagues; interesting and diverse students; forward - thinking organization that strives to lead the state in education and cooperate with participating school districts; many employee growth opportunities (see related con below).

    Cons

    Seems like 100 new "initiatives" are "rolled out" every year and teachers and school admin must implement them "ready or not." High turnover in central office and in leadership positions at schools; too much testing; too much emphasis on data; I fear that current initiative to standardize practices across the district will turn a great organization into an Orwellian one. (See reviews for Achievement First & Harlem Success for more on that.)

    Advice to Management

    Stick up for your teachers and students by being brave about public education instead of adopting charter school philosophies.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A good agency to work for.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, opportunities for advancement, remains in the forefront of educational programming and innovation.

    Cons

    At times it feels as though there is a disconnect between the central office and the program. Dealing with the HR department can be frustrating.


  7. stay away stay far far away

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    Former Employee - Autism Therapist in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Autism Therapist in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Capitol Region Education Council full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    autistic kids are awesome and working with them is interesting

    Cons

    you will get physically hurt from the children autistic children are violent they bite etc and management does nothing to protect you, management is awful and sociopathic, they won't give you benefits of any kind for ages. you will be a 'temp worker' for ages. did the job right out of college and if i could take back working there i would.

    Advice to Management

    retire


  8. Providing services to the public school districts in the Hartford region

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capitol Region Education Council

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    competitive salary, good benefits, good working conditions

    Cons

    pressure to bring in revenue



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