NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The five major gubernatorial candidates agree Rhode Island needs a strong school system for its economy to thrive. But their plans to transform it differ.

Democrat candidates Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell want to spend more on public schools. Taveras is proposing state-funded universal prekindergarten education for all 4-year-olds in Rhode Island.

For Raimondo, rebuilding the state's deteriorating elementary, middle and high schools is a priority.

Pell, a former official in the U.S. Department of Education, has proposed several initiatives to make college more affordable.

Republican candidate and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's plan centers on changing how the state's educational institutions are governed. Republican candidate and businessman Ken Block has focused on improving early childhood education.

The primary is Sept. 9.


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