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Christie Calls for Longer School Day, Calendar in State of the State

Details scarce on the ground, leaving educators, legislators to guess at what’s next.

Chris Christie / File photo
Chris Christie / File photo

By John Mooney, NJ Spotlight

For a governor mired in scandal and seeking to change the political conversation, the proposal to extend the school day and calendar was an interesting choice for Gov. Chris Christie.

Interesting not in the least because such a call has been part of the education dialogue for years, if not decades, with little consensus on how to accomplish it.

In his State of the State address yesterday, Christie announced that he would provide a plan for a longer school day and school year as part of the education agenda that up to now has been the hallmark of his administration.

In the midst of the scandal over his staff’s involvement in the politically motivated closures of commuter lanes to the George Washington Bridge, the education initiative made headlines in state and national media, taking the focus off "Bridgegate" at least momentarily. It was also the one piece of the State of the State promoted by his administration beforehand.

But the governor yesterday offered virtually no details about the plan, leaving education advocates, legislators, and others on both sides of the debate offering general support while raising questions and masking surprise that this was suddenly issue No. 1.

Read more at NJSpotlight.com.

NJ Spotlight is an issue-driven news website that provides critical insight to New Jersey’s communities and businesses. It is non-partisan, independent, policy-centered and community-minded.

Ridgewood Mom January 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM
What a disgrace that Christie would try to make a publicity stunt just to distract from the attention from his scandal.
Long Time Resident January 17, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Ha ha ha your busted Ridgewood Mom, you thought you could pull a fast one huh.....you are nothing but a political hack who is afraid to admit the truth. Sgt Friday proved that.
Long Time Resident January 17, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Hey Ridgewood Mom, have you seen the report Maria Shriver gave to Obama showing under his 5 years in office women are doing worse today than when Bush was president. ----11 Surprising Facts About Women and Poverty From the Shriver Report Shriver Report: One in Three Women Live In Poverty or On The Brink > < http://nation.time.com/2014/01/13/11-surprising-facts-about-women-and-poverty-from-the-shriver-report/#ixzz2qgsGIyHn
Ridgewood Mom January 17, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Long Time Resident, this article is about Christie calling for a longer school day and a longer school year. Obama also thinks that there should be longer school years. Do you disagree with Obama (and Christie) on this topic?
Ridgewood Mom January 17, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Of course, Christie is also trying to change the subject in the media here with something dramatic.

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