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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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Election Day is almost here and soon many people will go from being a school board candidate to a school board member. Once elected what should the new board member be prepared for? What is your legal responsibility? How do... more

Acting Commissioner of Education David Hespe has been in the position less than a year, but he has already taken an aggressive stance to inform the public about the Common Core State Standards in New Jersey. Acting Commissioner... more

State standards and standardized tests are not new concepts and have been part of New Jersey's education landscape for some time. However there have been recent concerns raised by some community members and educators about... more

As public officials, school board members are indemnified for many actions they take as school board members. Why are school board members indemnified? Are there times when they are not protected or indemnified? Can boards... more

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... more

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

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