School Board Notes
New Jersey's weekly education report offers up-to-date information on legislation, court decisions and other developments affecting school districts.
August 23, 2022 • Vol. XLVI No. 5
NJSBA Joins Other Leading Groups in Calling for the NJDOE to Rethink ‘Start Strong’ Assessment
The New Jersey School Boards Association joined eight other organizations dedicated to promoting student achievement in calling for the New Jersey Department of Education to rethink its approach to the Start Strong assessment.
Executive Order Lifts Routine COVID-19 Testing Requirements for School Districts
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Aug. 15 lifting the requirement that school districts, childcare settings and state contractors maintain a policy requiring their unvaccinated workers undergo routine COVID-19 testing, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
NJSBA Interns Share Lessons Learned Over the Summer
Joanna Guaimano teamed up with fellow intern Kevin Leach to share some highlights of what they learned over seven weeks working for the New Jersey School Boards Association.
Thousands of Candidates Gear Up for November School Board Election
There are 2,151 candidates vying for 1,569 open seats in the Nov. 8 school board election, according to a New Jersey School Boards Association analysis of unofficial data provided by county clerks.
National Survey Reveals Record Support for Boosting Teacher Salaries, Diminishing Faith in Local Schools
Education Next’s annual national survey of public opinion on education policy reveals support for increasing teacher salaries has reached its highest level in the survey’s 16-year history, along with numerous other insights, according to a news release from the scholarly journal focusing on K-12 education.
School Districts Must Apply for Stabilization Aid by Sept. 16
A district that experienced a reduction in state aid or a district confronting a structural budgetary imbalance in fiscal year 2023 must apply for stabilization aid by Sept. 16, according to an advisory from the New Jersey Department of Education.
New Dashboard to Provide Insights on the Use of ESSER Funds
A new online dashboard is now available that will provide up-to date information on how local educational agencies are using federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds to accelerate academic recovery, address mental health needs and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NJDOE Releases Checklist for 2022-2023 Chapter 27 Emergency Virtual or Remote Instruction Programs
Plans must be approved by each LEA’s board of education, approved by the respective county office of education, and posted on the LEA’s website. Chief school administrators must submit their board-approved plan, along with the checklist document, to their county office of education by Sept. 30.
New Jersey Releases an Array of Online Resources to Support Educators, Parents and Students
The New Jersey Department of Education issued advisories Aug. 17 informing the education community about an array or resources to support teachers, parents and students.
NJDOE Announces Threat Assessment and Management Training for School Communities
The New Jersey Department of Education announced in a broadcast memo that it’s offering behavioral threat assessment and management training for school communities through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act Grant Program.
USDOE Invites LEAs to Apply for More than $6M in Grants to Support School Safety
The U.S. Department of Education invites local educational agencies or consortia of LEAs to apply for the Project Prevent Grant Program, which will award more than $6 million to support school safety.
New Jersey School Boards Association Legislative Committee to Meet
The agenda, to the extent known at this time, will include approval of the minutes from the May 7 meeting and updates from the Governmental Relations Department. Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, Legislative District No. 19, will be serving as a guest speaker.
Obituary: Bryan Joseph Granelli, Kearny Board Member
Bryan Joseph Granelli, 54, a member of the Kearny Board of Education in Hudson County, died unexpectedly Aug. 2.
Obituary: Howard Scott Wolkow, Bedminster Board Member
Howard Scott Wolkow, 52, a member of the Bedminster Board of Education in Somerset County, died Aug. 11 at home.