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Get to Know 119th Rep. Candidate Pam Staneski

In November, Milford Republican Pam Staneski will be running for the 119th District State Representative Seat. We spoke with her recently about education in Milford.


Milford Patch: I've noticed in Milford Education that they have some more programs. There are more AP classes and more programs involving coaches for Math where they're going into classes and working with the teachers. Do you think that's a good thing to expand in that way or do you think that there should be less money spent on education? I know that a lot of the programs aren't using more money, but do you think that--

Pam Staneski: They're putting the right people in the seat on the bus. Again, I want to talk about education, but I also want to talk about the economy, if you don't mind. I will say this: I've said from the beginning that when our children walk across those ball fields to get their degree, that degree ought to mean something. 

It ought to say to the people who are employing them here in Milford or to the colleges that are looking at selecting these students, 'Hey, I know those people graduated from the Milford Public Schools and I know that they can do this.' Now, when you talk about more AP classes, if that's what our community wants, our local community wants, then there should be a way to fund it. 

And you talk about coaching for Math, again, I would want to have the conversation with the teachers, really they are the ones that are there in the trenches, they're the ones that are doing this, and they know better what could help their children, their students excel. 

A prime example is one of the things that the State and the Federal Government really misses on--well, really two things. Let me back up, there's many, but two concrete examples: No child left behind. 

I could vomit just telling you the things that that laid in unfunded mandates on our school system. But, say you have a teacher who's teaching 3rd and 4th grade. We are very lucky because we have a great core of teachers at that younger level. And you have a student coming in reading--reading is measured on grade level, so, 3rd grade. 

You have a student that's coming in reading at 2.5. So that would be 2 years and 5 months.  They're expected to be there at 3 years, but that's not realistic. We all know that. We're not making widgets. 

So, if they're at 2.5 and the no child left behind, and some other things that the State has put up on school systems, they needed to make a year's progress in a year's time. So that student moves from 2.5 to 3.8. 

That's a year and two months that that teacher and their work with that student and family and support systems raised that child to 3.8 in their year as a third grader, well do you know  we'd get penalized for that? Because he's not at 4 going forward?

Yet, what else can you expect? I mean, a year point 2. That child made more than what all of our government agencies said they should have. They made more than a year's growth in a year's time and I think that if we take those handcuffs off of our education system, then we'd start to see some real growth. 

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Check out our education discussion with 119th District Democratic Candidate .

RONALD M GOLDWYN August 28, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I can't vote for Pam because I don't live in her district, but if I did--- Milford could find no-one better qualified. A resident who served on a number city committees. Elected to serve on our Board of Education and elected to our Board of Aldermen. This candidate has a proven record of accomplishment in service to Milford that is unequaled in the race for the seat in the 119th District. Those lucky enough to vote in that district will have the opportunity to send her to Hartford where she can aid all in our state. ON ELECTION DAY PLEASE VOTE.
Michael Brown August 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Pam is very photogenic. But I too could never vote for her because, as a member of the Board of Alderman, she voted to lay off 80 teachers form Milford Public Schools.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 28, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Hello again Mike, I knew you would never vote for Pam even if she were your next door neighbor. BUT voters in her 119th district have the opportunity to have not only a good looker, but one with brains and experience.
Angus August 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The post above strikes me as a bit creepy.
Michael Brown August 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Yes. 80 is a creepily high number of teachers to lose.
Joe Della Monica August 28, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Did they lose those positions Mike? What is creepy is the Mayor going after the unions insurance plan after they dumbly followed his lead.
Michael Brown August 28, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Yes. Lost 80 positions. This all happen during Mayor Richetelli's administration. Pam was a BOA member then. Surprised you didn't know that. That last thing you wrote never happen. City workers have same insurance. Surprised you didn't know that as well.
theresa raimondi August 28, 2012 at 07:24 PM
In the post from Michael Brown, he refers to the candidate as "being Photogenic" no mention was provided to the physique of this candidate your post was inappropriate and implied.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 28, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Dear Theresa, When Mike Brown and I find ourselves on opposite sides of an issue it usually because we have a differing philosophy, but you seem to find an argument of his word of "photogenic" which to me means a subject who takes a good looking photograph. Mike made no mention of the muscular condition of Pam which your word "physique" alludes. Just what was "inappropriate" or "implied"? I find no such statement.
theresa raimondi August 28, 2012 at 08:05 PM
What is most creepy about the remark and statement made from Ronald Goldwyn, is his support for a candiate is being based on a statement made : "BUT voters in her 119th district have the opportunity to have not only a good looker".. Please elaborate your intents of this statement? Your statement nullifies and impairs the true recognitition of this candidate, your comment suggests
theresa raimondi August 28, 2012 at 08:12 PM
What is most creepy about your remark and statement made is your support for a candiate is being based on the following statement "BUT voters in her 119th district have the opportunity to have not only a good looker".. Please elaborate your intents of this statement? Your statement nullifies and impairs the true recognitition of this candidate, your comment suggests and segrates the sexes by referring to physical appearance? It was in poor taste that you made this comment.. Theresa Raimondi Regsitered Voter of the 119th District When does
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 28, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Ms Raimondi, I'm glad that you will be basing your vote on on the candidates ability and experience. Pam will make a great Representative in Hartford. When they do show her at work at the least she will be "photogenic." I just don't know why you would object to Miss America being a candidate. An old saying is "that a woman is as old as she looks and a man isn't old until he stops looking." Pam does consider me her friend and I'm sure she does not take offense at my remark. In fact I know of no woman who would object to being called beautiful or rebuke me for saying how nice she looks.
Michael Brown August 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Mr. Goldwyn, May I suggest that you stop digging that hole.
John August 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM
What would really be nice is if the Patch would set a limit on the comments Brown & Goldwyn could make on a story....say maybe 5???
theresa raimondi August 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM
In reply to Jim: For the record you have highly illustrated in your comments all collections of the feminism movements, in continually addressing the nature and gender of this particiular candidate you have failed to tough on the subject matter, you clearly and obviosuly dont recognize that your comments are extremely discriminatory against women and females in general, thus your support is primarily based on the individuals photogenic abilities and not of the true character, as the result i will not be voting for this particular individual... Best Regards!
theresa raimondi August 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM
In reply to Jim: For the record you have highly illustrated in your comments all collections of the feminism movements, in continually addressing the nature and gender of this particiular candidate you have failed to touch on the subject matter, you clearly and obviosuly dont recognize that your comments are extremely discriminatory against women and females in general, thus your support is primarily based on the individuals photogenic abilities and not of the true character, as the result i will not be voting for this particular individual... Best Regards!
Michael Brown August 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Patch. I concede to this limitation, but only if it was applied to all posters.
Michael Brown August 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Who's Jim?
theresa raimondi August 29, 2012 at 01:08 PM
sorry ronald.. had a moment ther... thanks for the correction Mike!
Concerned Parent August 29, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I've lived in Milford for over 16 years and during each election, Richard Roy has come to my door asking if he could post an election sign on my lawn. It was a very simple and gracious jesture. I'm an IND voter in this district and other than this article, know nothing about Ms Staneski. If she truly wants to represent our district, it would be to her benefit to personally reach out to the voters of her district respectfully. Richard Roy was willing to do this..If you wish represent this district, I would expect the same from you. You have some very BIG shoes to fill.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 29, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Knowing Pam as I do she will be paying you a visit also, but this year the borders of the 119th district were changed making Richard Roy ineligible. The new borders now include parts of Orange where both candidates are strangers to the electorate so that they may have to spend more time making themselves known.
Concerned Parent August 29, 2012 at 02:47 PM
As a voter, actions speak louder than words. I hope you are correct in your statement.
Lynne McNamee August 30, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Ed (et al), full disclosure, I am working to help get Pam elected. I have worked on a lot of campaigns over the years and there have been few candidates I have been as confident in as Pam Staneski. Please let us know where you live, to make sure she can get to meet you in person. She has been walking and going to events and listening to folks all over the 119th district. I also share that I have known and been friends with Dick Roy for years (esp. through Woodmont Day). As former chair of the Inland Wetlands Agency here in Milford, I was disappointed that he would not return calls or emails regarding bills that impacted our Agency. Pam is strong on communication and would do better than Rep. Roy on that point alone. I am, however, grateful for Dick's service. One last remark re: Pam. She studies and she follows the issues. Whereas so many of us will go on the summaries provided by the news reports or word of mouth of others - Pam researches personally. As she was getting the nomination this spring, she read the transcripts of ALL the Hartford legislative sessions from last year. She reads bills in their entirety. She follows how members of the State House vote. She thinks things through. She is one of the best candidates we've had in a long time.
Jessie Brown August 30, 2012 at 04:55 PM
How about asking Pam how she used her position on the Board of Education to help get her own son out of trouble at Foran??? Using one's elected position for personal gain...not who I want to vote for.
Concerned Parent August 30, 2012 at 04:59 PM
@Lynne, I live near Woodmont and look forward to seeing her. If I can provide some advice for you. It is an election year and you being part of Pam Staneski's campaign. It would not be wise for you to express your own criticism of Mr. Roy at this time, Elections are all about perception. I have no perception of Ms Staneski as I've never met her. Digs about Mr Roy's time in office only serves to create a negative perception. I hope I'm clear..
Lynne McNamee August 30, 2012 at 07:00 PM
@Ed we need to check if you're in the 119th or in the redistricted 117th. All of Woodmont is now in the 117th. As I said, I am thankful to Dick Roy and anyone else who steps forward to serve. I respectfully disagree on one point - if an elected Representative, both of my district and as chair of the committee before whom bills are presented, does not acknowledge or respond to repeated inquiries about that bill, they can and should be held accountable. There is no disrespect nor is it a personal attach. Again, Dick and I are friends. Because of this lack of response, this is an issue that is important to me in selecting whom I'll vote for. I am not in Pam's district, so moot point there. I could have withheld disclosing my association with Pam's campaign, but elected transparency and integrity. How any of these issues suggests a 'negative perception,' I am not clear. But then again, many things about politics these days leave me baffled.
Concerned Parent August 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I'm not in Woodmont and live West of Merwin Ave....

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