On Monday, the New Jersey Senate Education Committee approved a bill to create a pilot program to lengthen both the school day and school year in our state. Teresa Ruiz, the Essex County legislator who pushed through teacher tenure reform, is the co-sponsor of the bill and while she hasn’t said yet exactly how long the day and year will be in the future, she does see it as key. “More time in the classroom if used effectively will help to increase academic achievement, improve student enrichment opportunities and educational offerings,” she said in an interview to State House Steps. “This is critical to ensuring our students are prepared for college and career but also that they are able compete in a 21st Century global economy.”
Here’s how Forte added 72 hours of instructional time to Hasbrouck Heights’ school year.