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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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Over the last year, sexual harassment in high-profile workplaces has garnered headlines. It is, however, an issue in all workplaces, including school districts. As an employer, what should school districts be aware of to make sure that they... more

New Jersey is widely recognized as a national leader in arts education. How important are the arts in education? What is the status of arts education in New Jersey as revealed by a statewide survey? What can districts do to make their... more

New Jersey's tenure law, TEACHNJ, was enacted in 2012, intended to provide a dramatic reduction in the time and cost of removing teachers who were repeatedly ineffective in improving student outcomes. Has it done so? What is the process,... more

There is little debate over the fact that New Jersey must address its public employee pension and health benefit obligations, or otherwise face a financial calamity. What is the impact of funding the current pension system? What role... more

As a board, you may be faced with many challenges in providing programs for students of special needs. You may even face legal challenges to special education decisions. Is there a way in which the district and parents can work... 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

Professional athletes have been making headlines for expressing their First Amendment rights on the NFL sidelines. However, do our students and student-athletes enjoy that same freedom? While our freedom of speech as... more

One of America's most cherished rights is ?Freedom of Speech? as spelled out in the First Amendment. However, when an individual works for a school district, it is often the local board of education that must content with the... more

With the advent of social media, bullying no longer just occurs on school grounds. It can occur off-campus, on weekends and at non-school related events. What are the district's responsibilities when bullying occurs off-campus and/or... more

Special education is an area of public education which can often lead to legal entanglements. Federal and state court decisions -reaching as far as the U.S. Supreme Court -can affect what happens in the classroom. One of the... more