Looking over the first selectman\u2019s education agenda on Wednesday, Aug. 26, Democratic challenger Vicki Tesoro said that some of the ideas presented were copied from her speeches. \u201cI\u2019m pleased to see that my opponent has been listening to my campaign speeches,\u201d she said of First Selectman Tim Herbst's 2025 education plan. \u201cMany of his ideas in his 2025 plan for education are included in my speeches but these ideas need to be addressed now,\u201d she added. The Town Council member said that the town could do establish better priorities and practices through \u201cspending smarter, not more\u201d \u2014 a phrase she's adopted earlier in the month her campaign. \u00a0\u00a0 \u201cWe need to work with the educators to find the best solutions, and that does not happen by making education an annual political football,\u201d she said. Attacking the 10-year outlook, Tesoro called Herbst\u2019s Education 2025 plan \u201ca little more than political rhetoric in an election year.\u201d\u00a0 \u201cWe need to address education in Trumbull right now,\u201d she said.\u00a0 Big issues Tesoro said that the projected drop in enrollment to levels not seen in Trumbull in over 50 years should concern every resident.\u00a0 \u201cIt means that our town is profoundly changing, and not for the better,\u201d she said.\u00a0\u201dIt means that our property values will certainly underperform neighboring towns which are not experiencing such a precipitous drop.\u201d Tesoro added that it was time to stop with the 10 year plans. In her response to Herbst\u2019s plan, Tesoro said that Trumbull schools had over 7,000 students when her opponent was elected in 2009, and projections call for enrollment to be almost 20% lower by 2022.\u00a0 \u201cThis would put Trumbull enrollment to a number not seen since the 1960's,\u201d she said.\u00a0\u201dPutting politics aside for a moment, does anyone honestly think this is good for Trumbull?\u00a0Combine that with deep cuts to curriculum development and textbooks, and technology which still needs improvement and we can see that we need to address education in Trumbull today.\u00a0 \u201cWhat will happen to the property values in our town if we have the lowest number of students in our school system since the 1960's?\u201d she asked rhetorically She said what Trumbull needs is a defined plan for incremental improvement year over year now. Such a plan would address certain key issues including: Overcrowding at Booth Hill School now. Increase the number of students at THS taking AP classes now. Focus on curriculum development by giving teachers tools needed for professional development Keep career politicians out of educationEnsure every every student has the opportunity to reach their potential by giving them the proper support academically, emotionally, and socially. \u201cLet me repeat this we can do these things by establishing better priorities and spending smarter, not more,\u201d Tesoro said.