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A forum to explore education issues and the impact of state-level politics on New Jersey’s public school districts, hosted by Ray Pinney, of New Jersey School Boards Association. The format brings together state and local education leaders for a lively dialogue on the latest developments. Our children’s education is too important not to discuss and debate.

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Special Education has consistently been a difficult challenge for school districts, both programmatically and financially. In times when financial resources are limited yet academic expectations high, it can sometimes split a community. To identify ways to control cost, while preserving the quality of special education, NJSBA created the Special Education Task Force in January 2013. The task force spent over a year, consulting with more than 25 experts in special education and reviewing the literature on the delivery and financing of special education services, with a special focus on academic achievement. The resulting report of the Special Education Task Force, ?Special Education: A Service, Not a Place,? includes recommendations for strategies to improve delivery of services and control costs. Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses the report's findings with the task force chair Dr. Gerald Vernotica, along with task force members Michael Lee and Irene LeFebvre.
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Since the 1920's teacher tenure has been part of New Jersey's education system and changed only slight until August of 2012 when TEACH-NJ was signed into law. This law dramatically changed the process for acquiring tenure as well as... more

This year for the second time in New Jersey history we will be electing candidates to the local Boards of education in a November election. Yet it does not matter much when the election is held because there is always a difference between... more

While the internet is a place where learning thrives and our students need to develop technology skills in order to be competitive in the workplace, it is not without its perils especially for our students. Cyber security is a skill that... more

Is education policy in New Jersey on the right path? Even if the state is heading in the right direction, are we moving too quickly? Assemblywoman Mila Jasey from the 27 Legislative District, vice-chair of the Assembly... more

Without question, the focus in public education is on getting all students to achieve – even in the most disadvantaged communities. In his book ?Improbable Scholars,? author David Kirp argues that the New Jersey school... more

It would seem like a clearly defined issue, but often the Code of Ethics for School Board Members needs to be interpreted to decide whether a board member should vote on an issue, or even participate in discussion. In addition, board... more

New Jersey's historic Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act has brought profound changes to schools throughout the state. One part of the act established a task force to examine how the law is being implemented – and recommending... more

In these days of heightened school safety, local school officials know they must communicate with local law enforcement. But are school officials asking the right questions and working as effectively as they can with local authorities? And how... more

Since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., school officials across the nation have taken another look at ways to improve the school security in their school buildings. What steps should school districts take to improve the safety and... more

I All board of education members and charter school trustees must adhere to the School Ethics Act – the statute designed to ensure citizens can maintain confidence in the conduct of their local school officials. The body responsible for... more

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