Students testify at New Jersey Legislature to offer education recommendations

Students testify at NJ Legislature duoBy Dan Landau

Florham Campus seniors Nick Parra and Brandon Barlow had the opportunity to testify before the New Jersey Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Public Schools on the issue of school funding. Invited to testify by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-27), Parra and Barlow appeared before the committee in the State House Annex in Trenton on January 17 and made recommendations based on the findings of their research into universal pre-K programs and urban education programs.

Parra and Barlow opened the hearing with a 15-minute presentation, in which they advocated for expanding universal pre-K, and examining ways to reduce attrition rates among new teachers in urban districts.

Both Parra and Barlow are double majors, with Parra studying political science and history and Barlow studying education and history.

The Joint Committee on the Public Schools is made up of Senators and Assemblymen/Assemblywomen to make responsible policy on public schooling in N.J.