School Board Notes
New Jersey's weekly education report offers up-to-date information on legislation, court decisions and other developments affecting school districts.
April 12, 2022 • Vol. XLV No. 34
NJDOE Issues School Performance Reports for 2020-2021
The reports reflect the NJDOE’s commitment to providing parents, students and school communities with a large variety of information about each school and local educational agency.
Reflections: Facing the Future - Together at Workshop 2022
You will get to network, participate in meaningful discussions, ask questions, earn Board Member Academy and professional development credits and explore cutting-edge industry offerings.
Learn What to Say in Specific Situations at NJSBA’s PR Forum on June 10
One of the sessions, “Words Matter: What to Say in Specific Situations,” will feature Janet Bamford, NJSBA’s chief public affairs officer, who will team up with Mary Ann Friedman, NJSBA field service representative; and Michael Kvidahl, NJSBA manager of digital communications and marketing on role-playing scenarios.
Kerri Wright, 2021-2022 Board Member of the Year, Honored at Luncheon
Irene LeFebvre, NJSBA president and a former Board Member of the Year, called Kerri Wright, who has served the Chester board for 16 years, “a true champion for all students.”
State Board of Education Acts on Numerous Items at April Meeting
At its April monthly meeting, the New Jersey State Board of Education heard updates and acted on numerous items.
New Jersey Allocates $18M in COVID-19 Funding to Special Education Services
Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education announced April 1 that nearly $18 million in federal American Rescue Plan recovery funds will be allocated to reimburse local educational agencies for additional special education services.
School Leader Spotlights School Finance, Strategies for Handling Public Comments at Meetings
The spring issue of NJSBA’s School Leader magazine is on the NJSBA website and headed to members’ mailboxes. The cover story takes a look at what board members need to know about school finance and the school budget process to exercise effective oversight.
Call for Entries: NJSBA’s Annual School Leader Awards
Each year, the School Leader Awards showcase creative and effective programs and practices from New Jersey schools. If your school has a new, unique education program that addresses student learning, NJSBA wants to hear from you.
U.S. Department of Education Continues Push to Curb Teacher Shortage
The Supporting Effective Educator Development grant program is now accepting applications in an effort to increase the pipeline of highly effective educators, the U.S. Department of Education announced in a news release.
Fact Sheet Details National Plan to Bolster School Infrastructure
The Biden Administration issued a fact sheet April 4 detailing its efforts to upgrade public schools with modern, clean, energy-efficient facilities and transportation, which will deliver health and learning benefits to children and school communities, save school districts money and create good union jobs.
New Jersey Department of Education, Rowan University Launch Program to Encourage Diversity in Teaching
The new program, “Men of Color Hope Achievers,” will focus on recruiting, preparing and placing men of color to become teachers in New Jersey.
Reminder: Deadline to Request a Hard Copy of Delegate Assembly Handbook Is April 20
As was the case at the November 2021 Delegate Assembly, the NJSBA Delegate Assembly Handbook will not automatically be mailed to registrants. It will only be sent to those who request a hard copy.
Notice of a Meeting of the New Jersey School Boards Association Executive Committee
The New Jersey School Boards Association’s Executive Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 26. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually.
Comments Sought on Rule Proposal Relevant to School Boards
The Division of Local Government Services is seeking comments by April 23 on a rule proposal that amends various portions of N.J.A.C. 5:32, which pertains to the licensure of certain government officers.