Governor Dan Malloy, who’s kicked up criticism of Republican opponent Tom Foley’s education proposal to strip money from failing schools, is scheduled to participate in a discussion tonight (Friday) 6 p.m. at the Black Rock Library with neighborhood residents about the $500,000 state funding to enhance the Black Rock business district on Fairfield Avenue.
This discussion is open to all residents to participate, according to State Rep. Auden Grogins who invited the governor. “This is a great opportunity to give the governor input of our vision and for the project as well as have a discussion of possible future improvements to the area.”
Malloy supporters in the final weeks of the campaign are trying to galvanize urban voters in his quest for another four-year term. Polls show a close race. Malloy is criticizing Foley’s newly announced urban education agenda, saying “You can’t treat a school like a factory. You don’t sell it. You don’t close it. You have an obligation to make it work.”
Malloy’s trying to reset education support after his policies under outgoing Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor turned off teachers.
More on this from CT Mirror:
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy moved quickly Thursday to exploit what Democrats say is an ill-considered and impractical proposal by Republican Tom Foley to allow urban parents to pick the local public school of their choice and strip money from failing schools as their children go elsewhere.
Malloy said the education proposals Foley made Wednesday as part of a larger urban agenda show that the Greenwich businessman has no grasp of current education policies and resources, nor does he appreciate how devastating it would be to urban school systems to begin denying funds to schools that need more resources.
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