Ned: Will not balance budget on backs of students. Most important issue. Maintain quality of workforce. Kids from cities and small towns. 40% more people at retirement age -- 5% fewer people working. Salute reforms in Stamford and New Haven. I am proud to have support of teachers and business groups to work together. No more important issue than to make sure each kid gets a fair shot.
Dan: We are balancing on backs of students. Govt local contribution 17% down. Cities are closing schools because of budgets. State is not living up to needs of local government. Were #2 in college graduation rate, now #7. Dismantled education system. Need to reform how we fund. Support teachers, cut admin costs.