August 9, 2011 • Vol. XXXV • No. 5
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Third of Districts Expect Larger Class Sizes This Year – NJSBA survey
While 32% of school districts expect larger class sizes in 2011-2012, that figure is down from last year due to local school board efforts to reduce non-instructional spending, shifts in enrollment and the $250 million state funding increase recommended by the governor in February.


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Court Rules on Prayer Before School Board Meetings
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals found that a Delaware school board violated the law by holding prayers before public meetings. The ruling applies to New Jersey school boards, as well.
Public Officials’ Use of Email Comes Under Scrutiny
Over the last week, the use of email by public officials to conduct official business was criticized by both a judge and a county prosecutor. Both matters involved municipal officials, but the cases may have ramifications for board of education members.
State Details Proposal for Ads on Buses
The State Board of Education recently rolled out details of its proposed regulations to allow school boards to place advertisements on the sides of school buses.
School Boards Support Streamlining NJQSAC
NJSBA applauded the state Department of Education’s efforts to streamline the school-monitoring system known as NJQSAC, or the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum.
Survey: School District Goals
This is the time of year when school boards are setting goals for their district. This week's 30-Second Survey asks readers what their district’s priorities are for 2011-2012.

Survey Results:
How Will Districts Use Extra State Aid?
How are New Jersey school districts planning to use their share of the $150 million in additional education aid that was allocated in the state budget approved at the end of June?
31 Districts Apply for Teacher Evaluation Pilot Program
Thirty-one school districts and charter schools have applied to take part in the state Department of Education’s teacher-evaluation pilot program.
Capitol Scene
Assemblyman Scott T. Rumana, a member of the Assembly Education Committee, talks about education reform with governmental relations staff from NJSBA.
NJSBA Executive Committee to Meet
A special meeting of NJSBA’s Executive Committee will be held August 24 at NJSBA’s Trenton Headquarters.
Delegate Assembly Resolutions Cutoff is Sept. 6
All resolutions submitted for the Nov. 19 Semiannual Delegate Assembly must be received at NJSBA’s Trenton office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. 

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