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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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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

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

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