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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

The Characteristics of a Dedicated Board Member

February 13th, 2015


Ray Pinney

I answered my office phone with a cheerful voice because I believe it is important to start a conversation off on a positive note.  The caller began speaking and I knew after just one syllable – just by the tone of her voice – that something was wrong. I also knew this was not just a school district issue. 

She said “Ray, it’s Fran.  I have bad news. Frank passed away.  I know how much you respected him, so I wanted to let you know.”  I could tell from our conversation that while she was board president, she was speaking not as a board member but as a grief-stricken friend.    

After I hung up the phone I just walked around the office having a hard time concentrating on the project before me.  Frank Calabria, a board member from Parsippany-Troy Hills, and I talked often at meetings and we always had one long conversation at NJSBA’s Annual Workshop.  I realize that I too, was not just dealing with this as an NJSBA employee. For me, as it was for Fran, this was something personal.

I was once asked “What makes a good school board member?”  Read the rest of this entry »

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