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We all agree that our nation’s future depends on the quality of the education that our children receive today.

While we all appreciate the importance of a great public education system, many people don’t understand how public policy decisions made by state and federal lawmakers can affect our education system –both positively and negatively.

Parent Connections will serve as a resource to parents so that they can be better informed on educational policy debates such as school funding, testing, school choice and others. In addition, school governance is a subject that is rarely discussed but is of equal importance.  Parent Connections will serve as a resource explaining "who does what" in public education.

If you have a question on school governance or education policy that you do not see addressed on this webpage, please contact us and we will quickly respond to your inquiry.

Latest Parent Connection Blog

Climbing the Common Core Mountain

September 13th, 2014

By Ray Pinney


“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take.  The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone else that their path is wrong.”

            Hindu proverb

I was at a meeting of board members and administrators and I remember a person asking a legislator about Common Core, PARCC and teacher evaluations. The person blended the terms together as if they were one. While the three are interrelated, they are separate issues. At that moment I stopped thinking about education and started thinking about climbing a mountain. Let me explain.

A while back, when I turned 50, I had a minor midlife crisis. I decided that I wanted to do something physical to prove to myself that I was not getting old. (That is something I am unsuccessfully trying to prove every day.)  So I looked up mountains to climb that were within a reasonable geographic distance. After my research, I settled on Mount Katahdin in Maine. But I soon found that selecting my mountain was only one step. Next I had to decide which trail I would take to reach my goal. For that, I took out a map and discussed the options with my climbing partners.

In New Jersey, education reform is our mountain to climb and there are three phases to it. Read the rest of this entry »

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