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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 https://www.njsba.org.

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Is education policy in New Jersey on the right path? Even if the state is heading in the right direction, are we moving too quickly? Assemblywoman Mila Jasey from the 27 Legislative District, vice-chair of the Assembly... more

Without question, the focus in public education is on getting all students to achieve – even in the most disadvantaged communities. In his book ?Improbable Scholars,? author David Kirp argues that the New Jersey school... more

It would seem like a clearly defined issue, but often the Code of Ethics for School Board Members needs to be interpreted to decide whether a board member should vote on an issue, or even participate in discussion. In addition, board... more

New Jersey's historic Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act has brought profound changes to schools throughout the state. One part of the act established a task force to examine how the law is being implemented – and recommending... more

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