December 21, 2021 • Vol. XLV No. 19
Legislative Update: Assembly and Senate Hold Final Voting Sessions of 2021; Senate Education Committee Advances Residency Requirement Repeal
On Monday, Dec. 20, both houses of the Legislature convened for voting sessions and advanced myriad education-related proposals.
It is possible that the bill could resurface sometime before the current session ends, but the Assembly’s failure to take a vote on Monday was a positive development.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced a second round of more than $2.7 million in preschool expansion aid, bringing high-quality pre-K programs to an additional five school districts.
A $33.4 million school construction project will move forward after a court-ordered recount found no change in a tightly contested proposal from the South Hunterdon Regional School District.
Empower yourself by joining school law experts from the New Jersey School Boards Association for a Virtual School Board Legal Summit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Most school districts in New Jersey hold school board reorganization in early January. In advance of this event, the New Jersey School Boards Association has posted online resources for school boards.
Two separate committees will be established, one for English language arts and one for mathematics, with each committee consisting of 20 individuals.
Local Education Agencies Get Details on the 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report Submission Process
Local education agencies must upload the annual comprehensive financial report and the auditor’s management report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, by the statutory deadline of Feb. 5, 2022, according to a memo from the New Jersey Department of Education.
The 2021-2022 charter school payment schedules based on the Oct. 15, 2021, actual enrollment count are available on the New Jersey Department of Education’s Homeroom webpage in the School Aid application, according to a memo from the NJDOE.
Deadlines Loom for Grant Program for Public Teachers Who Want to Teach at Nonpublic Schools During Mutually Agreed Hours
Legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in August 2019 established a grant program that provides additional remuneration for public school teachers to teach science, technology, engineering and math classes in nonpublic schools during hours mutually agreed upon by the teacher, district and nonpublic school.
The Office of Elementary & Secondary Education has updated its resources on its Accountability and School Improvement webpage, and it is seeking comments on a draft of a document that answers frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19 on 2021-2022 accountability systems required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Barry Fitzgerald and Ellen Wiest, both longtime members of their local boards of education, were honored at a Burlington County School Boards Association meeting Dec. 16.
Betty Wright and Russell Hann, both longtime members of the Southampton Board of Education, were honored at the Burlington County School Boards Association meeting Dec. 16.
NJSBA President Irene LeFebvre reminds board members that the NJSBA has opportunities for volunteer service on standing committees and task forces, as well as on occasional ad hoc committees that are formed for a limited term to consider a specific issue or project.
There will be no Attorney of the Day service on Thursday, Dec. 23, due to the upcoming holiday.
The New Jersey School Boards Association’s Executive Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually.
Paul James Rolleri, who served the Shore Regional Board of Education for 20 years, including as president, died Dec. 14.
Carol Ann (Seidel) Lombaerde, the former president of the Sussex County School Boards Association and a former member of multiple school boards who played a leading role in various New Jersey education initiatives, died Nov. 27.