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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 https://www.njsba.org.

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If you are a newly elected school board member, you are probably both excited and a little nervous about your new position. The role of a school board member is a little different than other elected or appointed positions. In this... more

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District shifted the landscape concerning prayer in our public schools. What does this decision mean for school districts? Will districts have to adjust policies and... more

In recent months, the issue of mandated masks in schools has divided some communities. With Gov. Murphy's decision to lift the mask mandate, effective March 7, the decision as to whether students and staff should wear masks now... more

On March 26, the governor signed legislation requiring parents to be notified in writing if their child under the age of 18 is arrested for possessing or using marijuana. How will this latest change affect the legalization of marijuana, which... more

One of the foundations of education law is the protection of students' privacy. With the almost overnight transition from in-person instruction to remote instruction, how are students' rights affected? What are the procedures that districts should... more

With school districts moving from hybrid to remote learning and then back again during the pandemic, job responsibilities of district staff have been constantly changing. Boards of education have had to navigate through unique personnel... more

Earlier this year, Paterson School District officials worried that a shortage of devices would prevent many students from learning online. In this podcast, the NJSBA's Ray Pinney interviews Paterson Superintendent Eileen Shafer, and... more

Special education practices changed overnight with the onset of the pandemic. Many districts are working to provide services virtually and with social distancing protocols while still following IEPs and adhering to other legal requirements. In... more

When COVID-19 first hit New Jersey, school board meetings went from being in person to virtual almost overnight. Even though the number of coronavirus cases has diminished recently, many boards are still meeting virtually. How can... more

Since the pandemic began, Executive Orders have governed most of our actions as school districts. What does the most recent—Executive Order 175—mean for school districts and what should they aware of as they... more

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