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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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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

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

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