Staneski and Maroney Debate Education Reform

James Maroney and Pam Staneski, both vying for Richard Roy's open 119th District State Rep. seat, outlined often differing views on education reform.


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. 

john mofitt October 25, 2012 at 04:58 PM
James Maroney's experience as a college planning specialist and tutor will be put to good use in Hartford.
Joe Della Monica October 26, 2012 at 09:29 AM
How about getting Milford's fair share of ECS money back from the state? Milford has been getting short changed for years and to stay with failed democratic politicians in Hartford is exactly what are children don't need. It's time for a change both at the federal and state levels. Pam has my family backing her all the way!
Jacqueline Kocak Zeidler October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Yea I have found that since the redistricting schools the town of Milford is slacking in the education department! Ok so If we saved all the money from Simon Lake then Why did our city taxes go up!?? and why are they using the school for the police department and having us taxpayers pay money to have the school still open for training a police academy??? This town is crooked and needs to be looked through and through at where our money is going?!! Us taxpayers should have less taxes to pay since one of our schools were shut down! But of course not ! Lets keep stealing from the citizens for stupid reasons!! and having our children bussed across the city and pay more gas to do so! Milford needs to clean up there politics and get with the program! And how do you think the parents feel when we have to leave early for early dismissals at the schools ? thats rediculous! to save money??? Its a waste that you all have to look at our school system as a way of cutting back! what about the crooked police chief and how he got fired and then rehired?? that is unheard of!!! what?? if we got fired our company would not rehire you! since when is this an option out there The city is hiding alot of stuff in the closet! Something just doesn't add up here! and our residents are fitting the bill! No wonder alot of parents are looking for more options to have there kids brought to another out of town school for a better education! That is sad to hear and to know about!
Angus October 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Ms. Zeidler, take a deep breath. And I heard that Wallingford is beautiful this time of year. Cheap houses. See ya.
Joe Della Monica October 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM
The chief wasn't fired. The chief retired and was rehired in an unprecedented move by city officials. The fire chief was denied the same deal.


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