School Board Notes
New Jersey's weekly education report offers up-to-date information on legislation, court decisions and other developments affecting school districts.
November 10, 2020 • Vol. XLIV No. 18
NJSBA to Feature a Week of Sustainability and I-STEAM Programs Starting Nov. 16
The NJSBA and U.S. Army will kick off the 2021 Virtual STEAM Tank Challenge during a 10 a.m. Facebook Live broadcast on Monday.
Rutgers Online Learning Conference Call for Proposals
The deadline to submit a proposal is Dec. 31, 2020.
Teacher Keeps Job Despite Tenure Charges
The teacher was expected to assume a wholly foreign area of specialized teaching at the kindergarten level, but was not provided materials, meaningful peer or supervisory support, the arbitrator noted.
The Paterson School District’s Effort to Close the Digital Divide
In a Nov. 12 podcast at 3 p.m., Paterson Superintendent Eileen Shafer, and Jerry Scacchitti, regional vice president for Trox, are scheduled to discuss how they worked together to help students find the devices they needed.
Workshop 2020 Evening Events to Be Featured on NJSBA’s Facebook Page
Each night during Workshop, a program highlighting student talents and creativity was offered. Due to their popularity, the events are being rebroadcast in full on NJSBA’s Facebook Page.
Education Groups Encourage Schools to Hold Military Opportunities Day
The effort aims to educate students and families about the opportunities that the United States armed forces provide for post-secondary education and career training.
Student Filmmakers Wanted
The NJSBA is sponsoring a recently added category in the Garden State Film Festival called "New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short" (under five minutes), which presents a special opportunity for student filmmakers.
State Board Discusses ‘Start Strong’ Assessment at No Cost to Districts
The State Board also approved the appointment of Lisa Gleason to serve as assistant commissioner, Division of Academics and Performance, and Rebecca Lubot to be chief education policy advisor.
Climate Change Education Panel Discussion Hosted by First Lady Tammy Murphy on Nov. 16
The discussion will center on how following the new climate change standards can help classroom instruction.
NJSBA Delegate Assembly Set to Convene Saturday, Nov. 21
Participants must be registered by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 to receive the logon information.
Obituary: Mark Biedron, Former State Board of Education President
Gov. Phil Murphy, in a tweet on Tuesday, noted, “Saddened by the passing of Mark Biedron, my friend ... Mark was a giant.”
Obituary: Margaret ‘Peggi’ Haynes, Longtime Board Leader in Burlington County
Ms. Haynes served on the Mount Laurel Board of Education for 39 years.