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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

For Parents, All Politics is Local When it comes to a Longer School Year

February 7th, 2014


Ray Pinney

The average New Jersey citizen usually takes little interest in any governor’s State of the State address. That changed somewhat this year, when there was obviously a bit more attention paid to Governor Christie’s speech, both because he is considered a strong presidential candidate and because he is trying to withstand one of the first blemishes on his tenure with “Bridge-gate”. 

But while those issues interested political junkies, it was another major policy proposal in the speech that had parents talking the next day. The governor proposed that our schools should move to longer school days and a longer school year. Parents jumped into the discussion because they could envision, or at least imagine, how such a proposal would affect their families.

As a parent, I am no different when it comes to thinking about the school calendar.  Since both my wife and I work, our feelings about the odd days off, that schools sometimes give, have had more to do with child care issues than educational ones. I am not particularly proud of that. Read the rest of this entry »

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