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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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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

The School Ethics Commission has recently released 36 new advisory opinions that give school board members new guidance in numerous areas when they carry out their duties. Whether it involves superintendent search, involvement in... more

Governor Christie has given his State of the State speech and the political and legislative wheels in New Jersey are now in motion. How will the political landscape affect school districts in New Jersey? What educational issues may... more

The reorganization meeting is the first meeting of the new board, and important business is conducted. New board members are sworn in, and typically the board leadership is decided. What actions does a board need to make at this... more

Most people view sustainability as just another environmental project. Yet the new Sustainable Jersey for Schools is much more than a ?green? program. Being ?green? is just one of several aspects of the Sustainable Jersey programs. The... more

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

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