School Board Notes
New Jersey's weekly education report offers up-to-date information on legislation, court decisions and other developments affecting school districts.
December 14, 2021 • Vol. XLV No. 18
Legislative Update: Learning Loss Study Bill Resurfaces; Assembly Education Committee Holds First ‘Lame Duck’ Meeting
A bill that would require the education commissioner to prepare a series of reports on student learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic has resurfaced and appears to be on its way to final legislative approval.
Voters Decide on School Construction Projects in Special Election
Voters headed to the polls for a special election Dec. 14 to decide various school construction proposals. There were eight boards of education with construction questions on the ballot.
Get Involved: Volunteer to Help NJSBA
NJSBA has opportunities for service on standing committees and task forces, as well as occasional ad hoc committees.
NJSBA Announces New Labor Initiatives to Help Schools
The New Jersey School Boards Association is proud to announce its new Labor Contract Wellness Check and Salary Guide Wellness Check programs.
NJSBA Legislative Committee Looks Ahead to New State Legislative Session
On Saturday, Dec. 11, the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Legislative Committee met virtually to discuss, among other topics, the proposed NJSBA Legislative Advocacy Agenda for the 2022-2023 state legislative session.
A Key NJSBA Staffer Highlights the Benefits of the New Online University Hub
The NJSBA launched the hub with the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. It offers engaging and interactive e-learning courses to all K-12 public school district stakeholders.
The U.S. Army and the NJSBA Continue to Promote Student Success
New Jersey School Boards Association staff and representatives from the U.S. Army met at NJSBA headquarters to talk about how to continue to work for school board members and students through the annual STEAM Tank Challenge and other initiatives.
Passaic County School Boards Association Recognizes Longtime Board Members
At the Dec. 13 meeting of the Passaic County School Boards Association, longtime board members were honored for their service.
Gov. Phil Murphy Comments on Rising COVID-19 Cases in Schools, Masks
As of Tuesday, Dec. 7, about 70% of New Jersey state employees across 50 departments, agencies, authorities and commissions were fully vaccinated, Gov. Phil Murphy said during a Dec. 13 media briefing that sounded the alarm on a rising number of COVID-19 cases throughout the state.
U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Youth Mental Health Crisis
The advisory calls for a swift and coordinated response to the crisis as the nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
$675K in Grants Available for Schools Seeking to Implement CTE Programs
The Building Capacity for Career Pathways in Comprehensive Schools (Cohort 2) grant is being offered to eligible schools serving grades 9-12 that do not currently have an approved CTE program or CTE program of study.
High School Students Encouraged to Participate in Essay Competition
The winners, their teachers and families are invited to a reception on the Seton Hall University campus. They receive certificates, gifts and monetary awards.
Deadline Extended to Apply for Holocaust/Genocide Education Grant
Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers who are concerned with confronting prejudice and furthering social justice through the study of the Holocaust and other genocides are eligible for Keats grants.
‘Start Strong’ Individual Student Reports Must be Sent to Parents/Guardians
After receiving the individual student reports, a copy must be mailed to parents/guardians within 30 days, which will be Jan. 13, 2022 (30 days after participating districts were to have received the individual student reports, which was Dec. 14).
First Notice: Delegate Assembly Resolution Deadline
Resolutions stating proposed policy positions may be submitted by local boards of education, county school boards associations, the New Jersey School Boards Association's Board of Directors and standing committees for consideration at the NJSBA's meeting of delegates Saturday, May 14.