A suggestion box for closing the achievement gap

Members of the panel working to close the state’s largest-in-the nation achievement gaps between low-income students and their peers have submitted possible remedies for lawmakers to consider: call it a suggestion box.

Suggestions range from providing laptops for every middle school student to take home to universal preschool and full-day kindergarten, a recommendation that was made in 2011. Mandatory recess and breakfast at the schools with large achievement gaps is also included in these draft recommendations released earlier this week.

This panel is expected to fine-tune this list over the next several months for the legislature to consider. One lingering question that remains with many of these suggestions is where the money is going to come from.

Luckily, that’s not this panel’s job to figure out: There’s another task force working to amend how schools are financed, and it’s meeting in Bridgeport Thursday night at the Aquaculture School.