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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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In recent weeks, new concerns about vaping have been in the headlines. What is vaping? Who is vaping and what are the health risks associated it? How is the e-cigarette industry marketing strategy targeting our youth? What are the current... more

Outside of salaries and wages, the biggest cost driver in a district's budget is the price of health care benefits. In a time of tight budgets, how can districts find substantial savings in this area? On this podcast, Chris Heagele, the business... more

While there seems to be strong medical and scientific evidence that later start times benefit our students the obstacles to make the change are significant. The Princeton district decided it was worth the endeavor. In this podcast, Steven... more

Many experts in the medical community are promoting the idea of later start times for our middle and high schools. What is the impact of the lack of sleep on adolescents' health? Is there evidence that supports delaying school start times?... more

When a district has to accommodate a transgender student, what legal guidelines must they follow? In recent years most districts have had to deal with this issue. What policies should they have in place, and what accommodations are most... more

Disciplining public school students involves following a series of procedures and guidelines. If the discipline involves a child who is classified as special needs or entails a short-term or long-term suspension, things can get more complicated.... more

After Ian Hockley's son young Dylan was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012, Ian started Dylan's Wings of Change Foundation to empower empathetic children to create strong, inclusive communities. The... more

Large crowds at board meetings often indicate that there is a hot issue with the parents, community, or staff. Handling these situations calmly and correctly is critically important. Things can get out of hand quickly when a citizen challenges... more

Sports are an integral part of our schools – especially in our high schools. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) has been in existence since 1918 and regulates interscholastic competition in New Jersey's... more

School board members are often actively involved in a variety of community activities, in addition to their roles as school board members. This podcast will address the potential pitfalls of board member involvement with... more

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