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Conversations on New Jersey Education


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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

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In these days of heightened school safety, local school officials know they must communicate with local law enforcement. But are school officials asking the right questions and working as effectively as they can with local authorities? And how... more

Since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., school officials across the nation have taken another look at ways to improve the school security in their school buildings. What steps should school districts take to improve the safety and... more

I All board of education members and charter school trustees must adhere to the School Ethics Act – the statute designed to ensure citizens can maintain confidence in the conduct of their local school officials. The body responsible for... more

The landscape for negotiations between school boards and staff unions has changed over the last few years. Whether your teacher's contract is up this June or your district is involved in protracted negotiations, your board should be... more

Whether a school board reorganization occurs in January or April most issues are the same. What actions does a board need to make at this meeting? What occurs if the board cannot come to decision on items such as to who should be... more

Social media and technology present special legal issues for school board members. Does technology use conflict with a board member's responsibilities under the Open Public Meetings Act and the Open Public Records Act ? Can... more

NJSBA has new leadership with the appointment of Dr. Larry Feinsod as the Association's executive director. What is his vision on how to improve NJSBA – and improve services to school boards? Please join host Ray Pinney... more

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is much more than just science or math classes. STEM is a curriculum philosophy that motivates students and generates greater student achievement. Is your district infusing... more

On Aug. 6, Gov. Christie signed into law the TEACH NJ Act, the groundbreaking tenure-reform legislation that dramatically changes the way teacher tenure is acquired and kept in New Jersey schools. The cornerstone of the law will be the... more

This year for the first 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 being a... more