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The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) presents 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 NJSBA. 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. To learn more about NJSBA, visit http://www.njsba.org/. To learn more about

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The headlines and news stories most times seem to highlight the negative issues associated with social media in education. However, social media is here to stay – and some school districts are finding that social media is a valuable tool... more

Every year in New Jersey an estimated five hundred new school board members begin their service on their local boards of education. They want to be effective, but there is so much to learn, and there are many relationships to build in a... more

When New Jersey students graduate from high school, they need certain career-readiness skills—even if they are going on to higher education before entering the workforce. What are the skills that business looks for in its... more

There are few traditions more firmly rooted in our educational system than homework. But while homework is widely used in schools, is it really a great learning tool? How does homework fit into the grading system? Should school... more

The New Jersey Department of Education has been directed to review the Common Core State Standards by Governor Chris Christie. What will that process look like? Who will be involved in the review? Will it dramatically change the... more

Transgender issues have been grabbing the headlines lately, and this subject is one that school districts must deal with in a very practical way. Districts must follow legal guidelines and policy when dealing with this topic to preserve... more

Recently the School Ethics Commission released several advisory opinions which impact the designation of which board members can participate in labor negotiations, as well as in personnel matters. In addition, are there volunteer... more

It has been more than two years since the tragic school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This tragedy caused New Jersey school districts to analyze their own school security policies and... more

One of the key responsibilities of a school board member is negotiating the contract for teachers and staff. It is, by far, the place where most of the district's financial resources are allocated; as well it establishes other protocols which... more

Next month school districts across New Jersey will begin administering the PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests. What are these tests and how are they different from previous state... more