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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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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

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

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