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 4, 2023 • VOL. XL NO. 20
NJSBA Task Force on Firearm Safety Begins Work
NJSBA is convening the Firearm Safety in Schools Task Force as the nation reflects on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Gun Safety Law Establishes Additional Restrictions at Schools, on School Buses and Elsewhere
On Dec. 22, 2022, Gov. Phil Murphy signed A-4769/S-3214 into law (P.L.2022, c.131). The new law strengthens the state’s handgun carry standards by creating additional disqualifiers for those eligible for a carry permit and expanding the list of sensitive places where individuals cannot carry firearms.
NJDOE Awards Nearly $30M in Stabilization Aid to 42 School Districts
The New Jersey Department of Education announced in a Dec. 23 news release that it has approved $29.65 million in funding to help 42 school districts that are experiencing a reduction in state aid or are otherwise facing a budgetary imbalance.
NJSBA’s Nominating Committee to Present Slate of Candidates
Pursuant to Governance and Operations File Code 8204, the Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates for election at the Association’s Annual Meeting on May 13, 2023.
Nominations for Green Ribbon Schools Are Due Feb. 15
State education authorities can submit school, district, early learning, and postsecondary institution nominations for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools until Feb. 15, according to the USDOE.
K-12 School Districts Invited to Apply for $80M in Department of Energy Grants
The U.S. Department of Energy is now accepting applications for the first round of the Renew America’s Schools Grant Program, which consists of up to $80 million of the $500 million program, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
School Leader’s Winter Issue Is Now Available Online
The quarterly magazine, which focuses on trends and issues of interest to boards of education, school administrators and other education leaders, includes a cover story on how local boards can help student representatives succeed.
Applications Sought for the 2023 Governor’s School of New Jersey
The Office of the Secretary for Higher Education is inviting high school administrators across the state to identify high-achieving high school juniors to participate in the prestigious Governor’s School of New Jersey.
New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Increases to $14.13 Per Hour for Most Employees
New Jersey’s statewide minimum wage increased by $1.13 to $14.13 per hour for most employees, effective Jan. 1, 2023.
Position Open: NJSBA Seeks Spring Legal Intern
The New Jersey School Boards Association is seeking a spring legal intern to work in its Legal and Labor Relations Department.
Obituary: Linda L. Bond-Nelson, a Former School Board Member of the Year, Dies
Linda Lee (Disbrow) Bond-Nelson, a North Plainfield resident since 1980, a longtime member of the North Plainfield Board of Education and the New Jersey School Boards Association’s 2010-2011 School Board Member of the Year, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.