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GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful in Conn. Would Keep Common Core for Bad Schools

Foley, McKinney face off over budget and more in quest to challenge Malloy. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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July 25, 2014 - 12:13 am
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The potential Republican challengers to Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) faced off for the first time on July 16, with candidates sparring over state budgets and Common Core.

During the debate Tom Foley, the envoy to Ireland under President George W. Bush, and state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney outlined how their policies diverged from one another, how they would be better for Connecticut and how Malloy’s policies have led the state in the wrong direction.

Both men held steadfast in their criticism of the incumbent governor regarding virtually all of his tax and education policies and how, under his leadership, Connecticut has experienced slower than average economic recovery following the recession. Foley said that part of his plan, if elected, included holding the spending rates to current levels, which would represent an 8 percent spending cut for fiscal year 2015. He also blasted McKinney for passing five budgets, each of which raised spending.

“Why should the citizens trust you to do something different than you did when you were holding office?” Foley asked his opponent.

McKinney said that Foley had never put together a state budget, and therefore had no idea what that process entailed. He said that the legislature’s Republican-proposed budget actually decreased spending and it was the majority party who is responsible for the increases.

Throughout the debate, Foley said that his opponent’s voting record proved that he was more of an ally of Malloy than an opponent – accusing him of being part of an establishment legislature that, literally, hasn’t helped the trains to run on time, citing the state’s issues with Metro North. McKinney said that the governor has failed to hold Metro North accountable for their failures, which would be a priority if he were elected.

Foley and McKinney did agree that Malloy had improperly diverted $189 million from the special Transportation Fund and that he has failed to hold Metro North accountable for their failures. McKinney dismissed the notion that the state should implement a highway toll system as “just another tax,” saying that the road and bridge infrastructure problem was not one of revenue.

“We have a spending problem,” he said. “We wasted half-a-billion on a bus system no one is going to use.”

The candidates also agreed that Malloy had failed the state’s students and teachers with the adoption of the Common Core standards. Foley said that McKinney was implicit in the passage of the education reforms that included Common Core. McKinney said that, in fact, the legislature didn’t vote directly on that legislation and that he would make repealing Common Core a priority of his administration, saying the policy is destroying public schools.

Foley took a different approach, saying he would repeal Common Core as a mandate for every school, but that he would recommend the regime for underperforming schools. He also said he would support reading and writing tests for third grade and high school students to ensure that they had the tools to graduate to the next level, stressing they can’t learn if they can’t read.

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Quote: "Foley took a different approach, saying he would repeal Common Core as a mandate for every school, but that he would recommend the regime for underperforming schools."

With this attitude that it's OK to impose something bad on poor people, this guy sound like a liberal. It's the same principle as 'urban renewal,' which in practice meant destroying the homes and apartments of the poor and replacing them with upscale ones.

Foley also seems to be missing that the point of Common Core lies in the Common. Every school kid is supposed to be taught the same thing across the country. Make Common Core common only for some kids defeats that purpose. It puts poor kids in an education ghetto.
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And I believe that common core will destroy bad school eventually. It is weird: instead of put strength into such schools they are actually putting them under huge risk. And then, they expect for some improvements to be noticed. But it is not going to happen. Before implementing common core to any educational facility you need to make sure that it is ready to accept it, otherwise you should be ready to face consequences.
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In CT how can the party win when it won't support it's brand new candidates that are actually knowledgeable about the topics at the general assembly levels & didn't bother to educate the statewide candidates on what the issues are?

Common Core is only a topic in the governor's race due to Joe Visconti making it a key point -

Joe Visconti is making this CT campaign a 3 way race against Malloy & possibly a 4 way race if Pelto gets all of his signatures in time -

There has been an intentional media blackout about Joe Visconti due to his 2A position which neither Malloy nor Bloomberg likes

CT democrats are signing Joe Visconti's petition to make certain it is at least a 3 way race the common cry is "Anybody but Malloy" for those who are not part of the Constitutional Crowd or educated about Common Core

Since Jan this year I have gotten videos from people in Cali & Texas who are asking me do I know about Joe Visconti but CT voters are just starting to find out about who he is because either they are 2A people or Common Core knowledgable & some are just starting to find out about him as he & his team of volunteers collecting signatures go around the state collecting signatures & donations -

The grassroots candidates are in need of help because CT GOP isn't helping to get the word out about the many choices that it has Women, Latinos & Blacks running - several first time candidates as well that are knowledgeable about the Issues such as Common Core but are short on the funds to get their names out there

It would be nice to see PJ Media do a story about candidates like Joe Visconti who are Patriots trying to turn around the state formerly known as the Constitutional State
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New England is a write off at this point. Their republicans are democrats anywhere else and their democrats are communists anywhere else.
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Quote: "Foley took a different approach, saying he would repeal Common Core as a mandate for every school, but that he would recommend the regime for underperforming schools."

With this attitude that it's OK to impose something bad on poor people, this guy sound like a liberal. It's the same principle as 'urban renewal,' which in practice meant destroying the homes and apartments of the poor and replacing them with upscale ones.

Foley also seems to be missing that the point of Common Core lies in the Common. Every school kid is supposed to be taught the same thing across the country. Make Common Core common only for some kids defeats that purpose. It puts poor kids in an education ghetto.
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Connecticut's economic growth is slower than average like a car that is being driven in reverse is showing slower than average forward speed.
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