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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.

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Ridgewood Mom January 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Don't pay attention to what this hand is doing. Look over here at this nickel behind your ear.
DD January 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Putting children before teachers. What a bully.
Ridgewood Mom January 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM
How about putting children first, by supporting teachers in their efforts with children?
Richard Skibins January 16, 2014 at 10:23 PM
He wants to pay for it by gutting the teachers' pension fund. This proposal must be DOA.
DD January 16, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Aw, poor teachers. One of my 28 year old tenants is a guidance counselor in Bergen County. What do ya figure she earns. Hmmmm?
Ridgewood Mom January 17, 2014 at 06:04 AM
And how much do you get paid for being her landlord DD? I thought you were concerned with putting children first. What does that have to do with how much teachers get paid?
Long Time Resident January 17, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Hey, Ridgewood Mom, did you hear Millennials Abandon Obama and Obamacare A majority of America's youngest adults would vote to recall the president. Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of millennials, people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes of the president and his signature health care law.The survey, part of a unique 13-year study of the attitudes of young adults, finds that America's rising generation is worried about its future, disillusioned with the U.S. political system, strongly opposed to the government's domestic surveillance apparatus, and drifting away from both major parties. "Young Americans hold the president, Congress and the federal government in less esteem almost by the day, and the level of engagement they are having in politics are also on the decline," reads the IOP's analysis of its poll. "Millennials are losing touch with government and its programs because they believe government is losing touch with them." The results blow a gaping hole in the belief among many Democrats that Obama's two elections signaled a durable grip on the youth vote.
Ridgewood Mom January 17, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Long Time Resident, this article is about Christie calling for a longer school day and a longer school year. If you get that much, then you seem to have a dire misunderstanding of the role of political parties in determining the actual positions on education given by major politicians. Obama, for example, also thinks that there should be longer school years. Do you disagree with Obama (and Christie) on this topic?
Long Time Resident January 17, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Yes, that's right, yet you posted a comment about bridgegate, and then deleted it AFTER I posted this, so tell me if this this article is about Christie calling for a longer school day and a longer school year, why then did you post something about the GW Bridge?
Long Time Resident January 17, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Remember this comment, Ridgewood Mom January 17, 2014 at 06:06 AM By the way, did you guys know about Christie and the GWB scandal? Yea that one you just deleted!!!!!!
Ridgewood Mom January 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Speaking of which, did you guys know about Christie and the GWB scandal?
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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