Together We can build a strong and inclusive school system in West Orange.

I’m Brian Rock, and I’m Asking for Your Vote.

I’m a career educator, and I’m ready to volunteer my experience in service to the school district. Together we’ll move West Orange Public Schools forward to a more inclusive and equitable future.

On November 2, 2021, Vote Brian Rock For West Orange Board Of Education.

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Who’s Brian?

I’m a career educator, and I worked for over a decade as a high school social studies teacher in East Orange. I currently provide training and support to educators to so that they can speak up and have a voice in their districts.

I’ve lived in several different towns in New Jersey throughout my life and ultimately my wife and I chose to plant our roots in West Orange. We were looking for a community that was diverse, that had great schools, and that was relatively affordable. West Orange checked every box – and we grow to love it more every day.

Read more about my personal and professional history in my bio.

What do I Believe In?

Investing in Our Schools

West Orange has a strong school system – but we need to maintain the investment that we’ve made. It’s important for our kids, and it’s important for our community.

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

West Orange is a diverse community – but that doesn’t mean we can forget about issues of equity and inclusion. We’re making progress, but there’s more work to be done.

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Civics Education

The primary purpose of a public school in a democratic society is to prepare students to become active citizens. But civics is often not prioritized, given the many demands on teachers and students’ time. We can change that.

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Partnerships That Work

A Rutgers professor has spent the last decade researching the relationships between management and labor in school districts. The findings are clear – when they collaborate, students win.

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Why Am I Running?

Our experience in West Orange Public Schools has been great, and I want to make sure that all families have the same experience.

That means maintaining our investment in the school system – and the recent fight over the budget concerned me. I was dismayed over the potential cutting of essential programs and services, and I’m running to avoid this in the future.

I also feel strongly that a Board of Education needs to include the voice of at least one educator. I’ve spent years working in and learning about schools – and I’m ready to share that with the Board.

Read more about why I’m running for the Board of Education.