School Board Notes
New Jersey's weekly education report offers up-to-date information on legislation, court decisions and other developments affecting school districts.
January 15, 2019 • Vol. XLII No. 23
Budget, State Education Aid Figures Delayed
School numbers likely to be released by March 7.
NJDOE: Administer All Tests, As Scheduled, While Graduation Exam Is Litigated
Districts should continue to plan for and deliver all state assessments as scheduled.
Governor Proclaims January 2019 ‘School Board Recognition Month’
Gov. Murphy recognized the “countless hours, without remuneration” spent by nearly 5,000 local board of education members.
Governor Announces $26.9 Million for Preschool Aid to 33 Districts
The additional aid ensures 2,320 children will start the next school year in September in a high-quality preschool classroom.
$333.7 Million for Five Construction Projects on Ballot in Jan. 22 Election
Also on the ballot: Voters in Lafayette, Sussex County, will be asked to break a 63-63 tie between two school board write-in candidates.
In Alleged Theft Case, Court Overturns Arbitrator’s Ruling
The arbitrator neglected his duties when, after dismissing allegations of theft, he failed to consider the district’s other charges, the court said.
Save the Date: April 6 Program on School Climate
The program will show how local school board members can work with their chief school administrators to build a healthy environment for learning.
Connected Action Roadmap to Strengthen Teaching, Learning, Leading
The CAR program aims to support best practices that directly and positively impact student learning.
NJSBA’s 2019 April Election Candidate Kit Now Available Online
The deadline for candidates to submit their nominating petitions is at 4 p.m. on Feb. 25.
Finance Conference on Feb. 21 to Feature a State House Update
The session will include updates on legislative or executive branch initiatives relating to school aid.
NJSBA Launches Connectivity Initiative to Advance Internet Access in Schools
Districts are encouraged to take advantage of the $40 million in available federal E-rate funding.
2019 Board Member Orientation Held in Princeton
Approximately 100 new members attended the training.
More than 45 Members Attend Somerset Meeting
Trends in health benefits were discussed.
Reminder: STEAM Tank Challenge Regional Competition Applications Due Jan. 31, 2019
The competition asks the district teams to invent something new, modify an existing product, or identify how to solve a real world problem.