School Board Notes
New Jersey's weekly education report offers up-to-date information on legislation, court decisions and other developments affecting school districts.
May 17, 2022 • Vol. XLV No. 39
Delegate Assembly Features a Passing of the Torch Along with Official Business
The New Jersey School Boards Association welcomed its incoming executive director, Dr. Timothy Purnell, at its semiannual Delegate Assembly at The Conference Center at Mercer in West Windsor on May 14.
Highlights from NJSBA's Board of Directors Meeting
The NJSBA board of directors unanimously approved Dr. Timothy Purnell as the ninth executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association. Purnell is currently the interim executive county superintendent for Morris County and is a former superintendent for the Somerville Public Schools and Harding Township School District.
Legislative Update: Measures to Alleviate Bus Driver Shortage, Promote Electric School Buses Clear Committee
On May 12, the Assembly Transportation & Independent Authorities Committee met for the first time since the Legislature went on budget break in mid-March. The committee advanced several measures affecting New Jersey school districts.
26 New Jersey Schools and Districts Awarded Grants to Mobilize Sustainability Projects
Sustainable Jersey for Schools recently announced the 26 New Jersey public schools and districts selected to receive Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association.
NJSBA Celebrates Special Education Award Recipients During Facebook Live Event
During a Facebook Live event, NJSBA recognized outstanding school programs in special education that ensure student success and demonstrate the hard work and achievements of special education students, their parents and teachers.
‘Eighth-Grade Dialogues’ Demonstrate the Resilience of Students
NJSBA has created a video playlist featuring various interviews with eighth-grade students, which were conducted between the end of February and March.
Three New Jersey Students Named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars
Three students from New Jersey are among the 161 students who were named as U.S Presidential Scholars, recognizing their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education.
Princeton University to Honor Four New Jersey Teachers at Commencement
This year’s recipients of the Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching are Deborah Cella of Glen Rock High School, Alicia Rodriguez of Kent Place School in Summit, Devin Ryan-Pullen of Burlington City High School and Lee Snowden of University High School in Newark.
New Law Requires Middle School Students to Take Civics Course
Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, each New Jersey board of education shall provide a course of study in civics, which shall be taken by all students in an appropriate middle school grade, the New Jersey Department of Education reminded stakeholders in an advisory.
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Reports Available for Public Release
The official school and district harassment, intimidation and bullying grade reports, as required under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (P.L. 2020, c. 122), are now available for public release, the New Jersey Department of Education announced in an advisory.
Virtual Summit to Focus on Supporting Mental Health, Helping Students with Disabilities
The summit will bring together education leaders, disability advocates and coordinators, special education professionals and others to discuss issues affecting students with disabilities and students with mental health needs.