Politics Published: Oct 14, 2013 - 8:52:31 AM

Michael Fedele Tours Stamford Schools, Outlines Plans

By Michael Fedele for Mayor of Stamford campaign headquarters

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Republican Mayoral candidate Michael Fedele on Friday toured the Davenport school with Principal Michael Pisseri and then toured Stamford High School with Principal Dr. Donna Valentine before holding an afternoon news conference to discuss his goals and vision for improving educational quality for all Stamford students.

Fedele was joined at the 1:30 pm news conference at his campaign headquarters by local education advocates and policy makers, including members of the Stamford Board of Education.

At the news conference, Fedele said he wants more pre-school slots, more funding for underperforming districts, more choice for parents to enroll their children in magnet schools and expansion of magnet programs at other schools.

“We need to improve outcomes for our lower performing schools,” Fedele said. “In terms of educational achievement, we literally cannot afford to leave any student behind.”

“We have to do everything we can to boost school readiness,” Fedele said. “That includes creating partnerships and getting more private providers to offer early learning programs – so that we don’t have to rely only on State and federal pre-school programs.

“We should consider expanding magnet programs at other schools -- and encourage and support other schools to design curriculum independently,” he said.

Fedele said he will attend all BOE meetings, participate in the meetings and work hand-in-hand with the Board to advance the best interests of Stamford’s schools and students. In addition, he said he will call for a comprehensive review of curriculum to make sure students are prepared for either college or technical and vocational schools.

Fedele also said that to address school overcrowding, long-term planning is required and that if a new school is part of the solution, it should be sited at a location where the most students are in order to reduce redistricting.

Fedele concluded by saying that parents are the most important part of the education puzzle.

“One thing we have learned over time is that the engagement of parents is the single most important component of a child’s education,” Fedele said.

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