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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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With any new presidency there are new ideas and new players. How could these new ideas and players impact New Jersey school districts? Join us as Deborah Rigsby, director of federal legislation for the National School Boards Association... more

A recent decision by the New Jersey Appellate Division on ?Rice Notice? procedures has greatly impacted local boards of education. Even though the court ruling was in regards to a Kean University case, its impact will be felt by... more

A primary goal of all boards of education and school administrators is to allocate as much of their financial resources as possible for the classroom, rather than for non-instructional uses like legal fees. Are there strategies that boards of... more

Parents and students today have options besides their local school district. There are charter schools and private schools that are continuously marketing to them about their schools' benefits. While local public schools do a great job in... more

Boards of education do not come to the decision of proposing a referendum lightly. While boards may feel strongly about a referendum proposal, there are things that boards and individual board members may and may not do in this... more

All school board members must abide by the Code of Ethics for School Board Members, which guides them in fulfilling their duties. In recent years, the School Ethics Commission has published advisory opinions which are designed to help... 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

In September, Kimberley Harrington was appointed acting commissioner of education for the N.J. Department of Education. There are a myriad of education issues she will be dealing with, such as standardized testing, state standards,... more

Many school board members are unaware that the NJDOE is implementing major changes in the student teaching process in New Jersey. This will hopefully lead to better prepared first year teachers in New Jersey. In the meant time school... more

In New Jersey, changes in educational law or regulation go through an approval process that often includes the very public entities of the Legislature, governor and the state Department of Education. But many people don't realize that... more