Ben Railton, associate professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University, writes about the role of public education in the governor's race at our new MassPoliticsProfs blog.

Much was made of the fall 2013 report that Massachusetts students ranked first in the nation in standardized test results for various core subjects. While those results are certainly impressive, they also serve to mask real educational deficiencies in the Commonwealth — areas where Massachusetts in fact lags far behind many other states.

So if I could pose one question to the 2014 gubernatorial candidates, it would be this: What will you do to address the significant gaps in state funding and support for public education, especially the current lack of support for both early childhood and higher education in the state?