Many politicians say they want to make a difference, but in my view there are only two places where one can truly make a difference, in the home or in the classroom. When a home fails a child there is only one place left, the classroom. Right now, some people feel that the classroom is endangered.
Connecticut has always prided itself on its premier national standing in educational quality and attainment. Apart from having no income tax, education was Connecticut's best competitive advantage. These advantages are now gone. We have an income tax and we lost a lot of ground on the education front. The last three decades of our state's efforts to address issues of education equity, changing demographics and shifting academic priorities have resulted in a cascade of mandates.