School Board Notes • May 14, 2013 • Vol. XXXVI No. 40
Legislative Alert: Binding Arbitration, Privatization Bills Face Action
- Several important bills are moving through the Legislature, including measures that deal with binding arbitration, privatization, school security, and instruction.
Assemblyman to Introduce Updates to Charter-School Law
- The chairman of the Assembly Education Committee met with NJSBA to discuss a bill that would update New Jersey’s 18-year-old charter school law, including a provision that voters must approve new charters.
Commissioner Issues First Reversal of School’s Bullying Claim
- The state education commissioner has, for the first time, reversed a school board’s finding of bullying. The commissioner found that a student’s conduct did not constitute bullying under the law, but instead was ordinary conflict between two boys.
Rutgers Report Details Teacher Evaluation Challenges
- Rutgers researchers issued a report that details some of the challenges involved in training educators in the new teacher-evaluation systems.
Forums Focus on Teacher-Evaluation Program
- NJSBA is hosting free regional forums designed specifically for school board members on the educator-evaluation system, which is slated to be rolled out statewide in September 2013.
School Law Forum Addresses Teach NJ, Hurricane Sandy, More
- NJSBA will host its annual Spring School Law Forum on June 13 in Monroe Township. The program will cover recent developments in school law and emerging issues.
NJSBA Partnership Offers Sustainability Training
- NJSBA has partnered with the New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to provide free sustainability training to public school districts and charter schools across the state.
Reflections: Reviewing Our Progress
- In this week’s column, Dr. Lawrence Feinsod reviews progress on key initiatives over the past six months.
- Look what’s been taking place at the County School Boards Associations in Bergen, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Passaic and Sussex counties.
- More than 150 special education students, parents, teachers and school officials attended the annual celebration of Special Education Week, held May 13 in Princeton.
Online Radio Program Eyes Union City Success
- The most recent broadcast of Conversations on New Jersey Education, NJSBA’s online radio program, features author David L. Kirp, who wrote about the success of Union City schools.
Position Available: Business Development Specialist
- NJSBA is seeking to fill the position of business development specialist to oversee and expand business-affiliate programs, establish partnerships that benefit local school districts, and develop non-dues revenue.
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