School Board Notes
New Jersey's weekly education report offers up-to-date information on legislation, court decisions and other developments affecting school districts.
February 22, 2023 • VOL. XLVI NO. 27
Governor Announces $120 Million for Preschool Facilities
On Feb. 22, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the availability of $120 million in grants for preschool facility expansion and highlighted the funding 16 school districts recently received to establish or grow their preschool programming.
FAQ Assists School Officials on Changes to Rules Concerning Advisory Opinions from the School Ethics Commission
On Feb. 1, the State Board adopted updated School Ethics Commission regulations. Last week, School Board Notes focused on the changes to the training requirements. This week, the focus will be on the changes to the rules concerning advisory opinions.
School Board Member Spotlight: Joseph Baldofsky
Joseph Baldofsky is earning a degree from Rutgers Law School -- and he's also a student attorney at the Rutgers Federal Tax Law Clinic, an associate editor of the Rutgers Law Record and he recently completed his first year as a member of the Fair Lawn Board of Education.
School Finance Made Simple: NJSBA’s 2023 School Finance Conference
The conference’s keynote address, “Creating A Connection in School Finance,” will be led by Kurt Rebovich Jr., senior manager of member services and strategic partnerships at NJSBA, and Charlie Muller, interim executive county superintendent of Ocean County schools.
Jeffrey P. Fischer Honored for 50 Years of Board Service
Jeffrey P. Fischer, a former NJSBA president, was recently honored for an incredible 50 years of dedicated service to the children of New Jersey as a board member serving Manchester Regional High School and Haledon Public School, both in Passaic County.
School Districts Can Extend the Implementation of Their 2019-2022 Comprehensive Equity Plan
The NJDOE announced in a broadcast that it is providing school district boards of education and charter school boards of trustees the option to extend the implementation of their 2019-2022 Comprehensive Equity Plan through school year 2023-2024.
NJDOE, Passaic Board of Education and Kean University Among Mental Health Services Grant Recipients
Both the NJDOE and the Passaic Board of Education will receive the funds under a school-based mental health services grant opportunity, while Kean will receive a mental health service professional demonstration grant.
Governor Announces Expansion of AP African American Studies in New Jersey
On Feb. 14, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the expansion of Advanced Placement African American Studies classes in New Jersey during a visit to Science Park High School in Newark.
Office for Civil Rights Issues Resources on Equal Athletic Opportunities Under Title IX
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released three new resources Feb. 17 to support equal opportunity in athletic programs consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
‘Cover All Kids’ Expands Health Care Coverage to Children Regardless of Immigration Status
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is pleased to support “Cover All Kids,” an expansion of NJ FamilyCare health care coverage to all of New Jersey’s children, regardless of their immigration status.
Reminder to Apply: Be Recognized as an NJSBA Innovator in Special Education
If you have a new, successful, groundbreaking program that has been in place for at least one school year, we want to hear about it.
Notice of a Meeting of the NJSBA Executive Committee
Notice is hereby provided of the regular meeting of the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Executive Committee, to be held Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 1 p.m. at the NJSBA Headquarters, 413 West State St., Trenton.
School Safety Specialist Training to Be Held in March
The New Jersey Department of Education’s four-day school safety specialist certification training will be held Wednesdays in March – March 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2023 – at the Cumberland County Technical Education Center.