State Representative and Stamford Mayoral Candidate William Tong met with the Stamford Community Wednesday to discuss education.
“I believe that our school system is Stamford’s greatest asset,” says Tong.
Tong joined parents, teachers, Board of Education members, and Board of Rep. members in a discussion at the Harry Bennett Library.
“I wanted them to be part of that conversation so we can start asking ourselves this one vital question; how can we become the best urban school district in the country and how can we do it by the year 2020,” says Tong.
Tong says his 2020 plan will include a three-point approach to improving the education system.
“It’s really just a start; a comprehensive plan for our schools is much bigger than three points,” he says.
If elected, Tong says he will be a strong presence in the schools and at Board of Education meetings. He says committing to the education process is a main focus of his plan.
“I will visit each of our 20 schools in the first 20 months, focusing each month on a different school.”
Tong ‘s plan will also focus on improving school facilities and closing the achievement gap.
“We need to focus again on early childhood education, making sure that every single three-year-old and four-year-old in Stamford has a chance at a pre-k experience so they’re ready to learn when they start school and they don’t fall behind.”
Tong says his personal connection to the City’s schools gives him that extra push to carry out his vision.
“I’m really the only candidate in this race with skin in the game. I have two kids, a seven-year-old and a five-year-old at Northeast,” Tong says. “This school system means everything to me and my wife.”
“He’s committed to the district, he’s been committed to the district long before he put his name in the hat,” says Andrew Sklover, Education Committee Chair on the Stamford Board of Representatives. “And he also has the energy and vision for the district.”