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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 Lessons of PARCC

March 31st, 2015

By

Ray Pinney

I remember when my children were in the third or fourth grade and the counselor for the after-school program pulled me aside to talk about my daughter’s behavior. 

This shocked me because my daughter was always the most well-behaved student.  Apparently, she was saying with great conviction that one of our nation’s political leaders was “stupid.”  She was really passionate about the subject, and I am sure the counselor had no idea how to handle a young girl arguing politics. He was more accustomed to arguments over playground games and crayons than political debates among eleven-year olds.

I was also a little shocked because, while I have my political views, even at home I try to keep the conversation civil and respectful.  I really hate when a political debate becomes centered on personalities and anger, instead of policy. So I asked my daughter about it and she was not very apologetic about her passion.  She said, “Grandpa (my father) agrees with me!” She was right. When I confronted my father about my daughter’s passion he took her side, as she predicted he would. In fact, I think he was a bit proud of her. Read the rest of this entry »

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