Second Women for Murphy RoundtableJuly 17 2012 by Nick Fabiani Share on Twitter
Yesterday evening, a small group of local women gathered to discuss policy issues with Chris Murphy at the University of Connecticut in Stamford. The roundtable was held by Women for Murphy and featured conversation on a variety of issues affecting women. Topics included women’s health, general healthcare policy, the economy and education.
A concern echoed by many of the women was a need to improve the quality of education and close the achievement gap in the state.
“It starts at pre-school,” said Deborah Williams, a small business owner from Stamford. “These kids, they’re not going to pre-school. They’re not going to head start. They’re coming into kindergarten years behind, from the very beginning.”
“There is no issue more central to the future of this country than fixing our education system,” said Murphy. “We are never going to be the cheapest place to make something in the world and we are only going to succeed by being the smartest place. The entire key to our economic salvation as a country is getting education right, and what I fear is that we are losing generations of kids in underserved, poor school systems. I think this is the question of the generation: how do you fix our school systems, specifically, how do you tackle urban education in our state?”
Murphy has been strong advocate for women’s issues as both a state legislator and a congressman. These roundtables will serve to help Murphy learn directly from everday Connecticut women about how to best represent them in Congress.