Question from moderator Jean Rabinow of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut:
Do you think the State can use school funding to improve student performance and narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor communities? If so, how?
Excerpt of answer by Democratic candidate James Maroney:
One of the big things that we need to do is look at Early Childhood programs. A student who does not have preschool starts school eighteen months behind. And many of those students will never catch up.
Excerpt of answer by Republican candidate Pam Staneski:
One of the big things that we found that actually improved their academic achievement was parental involvement. When we took and improved the school next to where they lived where there was access to that school and the parent--who didn't have transportation, didn't have a way to get to that school--could get there, we found that the students' academic achievement improved.