The New Jersey Assembly is currently considering Assembly Bill Number 1391, which would expand learning time in up to 25 school districts across the state. The bill would provide $144 million to fund this work over the next 3 years. This bill comes at an incredibly important moment – we are seeing a wave of momentum across the country in support of expanding learning time. Passage of this bill would be a major victory for students in New Jersey.
Many struggling schools in New Jersey are in desperate need of reform. The achievement gap between our high- and low-income students in New Jersey is among the highest in the nation. We all agree that the centuries-old system of a short school day with a long summer vacation is outdated and doesn’t meet the needs of today’s diverse student population – the consideration of this law is an exciting step in the right direction for New Jersey’s students.
To our New Jersey supporters: Your voice can make a difference. Please click here to submit a letter to the editor in your local paper urging your elected officials to support expanding learning time.