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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

A Parent’s Civic Checklist for Back-to-School

September 2nd, 2014

By Ray Pinney


They say that as you get older, time seems to go faster. That certainly seems to hold true in the summer.  It feels like school is out and summer has just begun when suddenly the calendar says September. I know our kids think it goes fast but I am convinced that as I get older, summer gets shorter.

As it is now after Labor Day, families have spent the last couple of weeks scrambling to buy school clothes and supplies to be prepared for the first day of school.  If your kids are anything like my son was, students were also cramming to get their summer reading done, despite almost-daily parental reminders to start the summer reading.  My family always used a checklist to make sure our son and daughter were prepared.

As parents, we are focused on getting our children ready to go for school so that they can have a good year.  While it is no guarantee that they will have a good year, it is important that we help them.

While it is important and necessary to be focused on our kid’s needs, we should also be focused on preparing ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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