Governor Chris Christie’s fourth State of the State address once again included a strong emphasis on students and schools. Among the Governor’s proposals was a call for an extended day and school year – although details on the proposal remained elusive during the January 14 address.
Calling the current school calendar “antiquated both educationally and culturally,” Christie stated that “Life in 2014 demands something more for our students. It is time to lengthen both the school day and school year in New Jersey.” The Governor indicated that his Commissioner will present a proposal “shortly” to the Legislature, calling the proposal a “key step to improve student outcomes and boost our competitiveness.”
“We look forward to more details from the Governor and his Administration about the proposal.” Executive Director Patricia Wright stated. “There are several important considerations, including facility, curricular, human resource and funding items, that need to be explored as the proposal moves forward.”
“Discussions should include all stakeholders, including educators and parents.” Wright added. “And take into account current research on student learning.”