I began my political career running for the Tolland Board of Education because I was concerned about the quality of education in the schools my daughters attended. As a member of the General Assembly, I served as vice chairman and chairman of the Education Committee, and believe there is no more important factor in our success as a state than the education we provide to our children and grandchildren.
Job growth is the single biggest issue facing our state right now and I believe that our schools must become better at serving as pipelines between the classroom and the workplace. That means we must prepare our students not only for college, but for technical and vocational careers that are vital to Connecticut's economy.
* Focusing on early childhood education
* New innovations in teaching and learning
* Connecting students to college and the workplace
* Developing a modern higher education agenda