Malloy, Pryor appear unified at funding event

New education commissioner Stefan Pryor speaks during a legislative confirmation hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is praising Connecticut’s education commissioner for doing “great work,” rejecting suggestions he asked Stefan Pryor to announce plans to seek another job.

Malloy, who is running for re-election, said Thursday the average tenure for a non-elected superintendent or education commissioner is less than two-and-a-half years in the U.S. Pryor has served nearly three years.

Pryor announced Monday he would not seek a second term, should Malloy win re-election. Pryor has been a source of controversy as he oversaw the rollout of Malloy’s education reform efforts, including teacher evaluations and education standards.

Malloy and Pryor appeared in New Britain to announce nearly $133 million in funding for struggling school districts.

Pryor called his relationship with Malloy “superb” and the timing was right to explore new career opportunities.

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