Gov. Malloy Talks Education…on Andrew Cuomo’s Turf

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s personnel story about overcoming learning disabilities to become a lawyer, a mayor and now governor is getting more and more well-known. It’s an inspirational story that Malloy will tell but usually only when asked. Wednesday, he will speak to students in grades five through nine at the Windward School in White Plains, New York, about his experience with dyslexia and how it inspired him to work towards achievement. His speech is part of the school’s “Dream Big: Your Dreams are Your Future” program.

However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may not be all that pleased Malloy is telling his story in his state. Much has been made of the rivalry between Malloy and Cuomo. It’s not quite to the level of Malloy v. New Jersey’s Chris Christie but it’s a pretty hot competition.

Malloy and Cuomo took starkly different approaches to taking care of budget woes in their respective states. Malloy pushed through a historic tax increase and squeezed concessions out of state workers. Cuomo cut taxes and laid off state workers in a slash and burn. It remains to be seen who gets the better of the budget battle. But it’s Malloy who is getting the national attention and the political love from President Obama. In any event, Malloy will be telling his motivating story to school children in New York state.

Malloy then comes home for more education action. A media release says Malloy “will give remarks at an event in Hartford hosted by the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, where the organization will be previewing a three-part documentary series exploring the educational issues and solutions needed in Connecticut to close the state’s achievement gap.”