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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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No matter the size of your district, special education is a key component in your curriculum and budget. There are numerous legal restrictions, as well as procedures that districts must follow. Dr. Gerry Crisonino, who is both the... more

What would be the impact if you brought together a group of more than 200 students and teachers, representing every high school in Mercer County, to discuss the delicate issues of race, class and gender? Well, it happened just... more

A community's board of education and its municipal government are the foundation of local government. While these two entities represent the same community, often they don't coordinate efforts, and sometimes they even work at... more

What happens in New Jersey's classrooms is directly impacted by what happens in the halls of Trenton. What happens in the halls of Trenton is not always predictable. One of the most experienced and knowledgeable observers of... more

The headlines and news stories most times seem to highlight the negative issues associated with social media in education. However, social media is here to stay – and some school districts are finding that social media is a valuable tool... more

Every year in New Jersey an estimated five hundred new school board members begin their service on their local boards of education. They want to be effective, but there is so much to learn, and there are many relationships to build in a... more

When New Jersey students graduate from high school, they need certain career-readiness skills—even if they are going on to higher education before entering the workforce. What are the skills that business looks for in its... more

There are few traditions more firmly rooted in our educational system than homework. But while homework is widely used in schools, is it really a great learning tool? How does homework fit into the grading system? Should school... more

The New Jersey Department of Education has been directed to review the Common Core State Standards by Governor Chris Christie. What will that process look like? Who will be involved in the review? Will it dramatically change the... more

Transgender issues have been grabbing the headlines lately, and this subject is one that school districts must deal with in a very practical way. Districts must follow legal guidelines and policy when dealing with this topic to preserve... more