New State Aid Figures Available for Every DistrictSchool Board Notes, June 2, 2020

The new aid numbers reflect the recent announcement by the state treasurer of a proposed $336 million reduction in state education aid.

Legislative Update: Assembly Committee Approves Plan to Borrow BillionsSchool Board Notes, June 2, 2020

The Assembly Budget Committee voted on June 1 to permit the state to issue $5 billion in general obligation bonds as well as borrow from the federal government to balance the state budget.

Treasurer’s Report Shows How $10 Billion Revenue Shortfall Could Impact Education AidSchool Board Notes, May 27, 2020

To address a $10 billion shortfall in revenues, the state treasurer released a report on May 22 that proposes the elimination of state aid increases that had been earmarked for education.

Legislative Update: Bill Affecting Distribution of Property Tax Revenues EnactedSchool Board Notes, May 19, 2020

Lawmakers also approved legislation that would facilitate the implementation of temporary job-sharing furlough programs by the state and local governments, including school districts.

State Board Monthly Meeting UpdateSchool Board Notes, May 12, 2020

At its May monthly meeting, which was held virtually, New Jersey’s State Board of Education heard updates and took action on various items, including a resolution recognizing Physical Education and Sport Month and approval of the annual religious holidays calendar.

Senate President Addresses NJSBA Legislative CommitteeSchool Board Notes, May 12, 2020

The Senate President spoke about a range of topics, including the need for districts to receive updated information on school funding; his proposed Employee Job-Sharing Furlough Protection Act, and health benefits reform.

Legislature Set to Move Bills to Alter Tax Payments to Schools; Furlough Bill AdvancesSchool Board Notes, May 12, 2020

S-2392/A-3969, scheduled for a vote in both houses of the Legislature on Thursday, May 14, would authorize the Department of Community Affairs to permit municipalities to delay or alter the transmission of property tax revenue to school districts during gubernatorial-declared emergencies, such as the state’s current situation.

Legislative Update: Hunger Free Students’ Bill of Rights SignedSchool Board Notes, May 5, 2020

The governor vetoed the “Bridging the Digital Divide Grant Program” bill, explaining that federal funds may be available for achieving the legislation’s goals.

Senate Education Recovery Task Force Holds First MeetingSchool Board Notes, May 5, 2020

The task force will address the challenges facing students, teachers, parents and administrators in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NJSBA Reviews Legislative Developments on Facebook LiveSchool Board Notes, April 28, 2020

On Thursday, April 23, NJSBA Legislative Advocate Jonathan Pushman appeared on a Facebook Live Event to provide an update on the latest developments from Trenton and answer question from viewers.

Sweeney Proposes Furlough Program to Produce Savings for State, Local GovernmentsSchool Board Notes, April 21, 2020

The plan aims to save the state and local governments, including school districts, millions of dollars by instituting temporary furlough programs for their employees.

Governor Extends Fiscal Year; May 22 Treasurer’s Report to Reveal Extent of Revenue LossSchool Board Notes, April 14, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy on April 14 signed into law legislation to extend the state’s fiscal year by three months, to Sept. 30, and delay the state income tax filing deadline. The legislation also requires the state treasurer to report by May 22 how the shutdown of most tax-generating businesses has affected state revenues. A new state budget proposal is due by Aug. 25.

Updated Legislative Directory Available Now School Board Notes, April 7, 2020

The downloadable directory includes contact information for state and federal lawmakers, the NJDOE, and other state officials.

SBOE Update: State Board Waives Prohibition on Delivering Special Ed Services RemotelySchool Board Notes, April 7, 2020

The State Board of Education held its monthly meeting on April 1. It was the first meeting conducted remotely, and the first since the statewide closure of schools took effect in March.

State Budget Extended as Pandemic Disrupts Revenues – School Board Notes, March 31, 2020

The state has delayed the start of the new fiscal year until Oct. 1; also an update on A-3902, which would grant municipalities the financial flexibility to delay tax payments to school districts.

NJSBA Experts Answer Legislative QuestionsSchool Board Notes, March 31, 2020

On Friday, March 27, Jonathan Pushman and Christopher Jones, NJSBA governmental relations advocates, joined podcast host Ray Pinney to discuss current and future legislative issues.

NJSBA Opposes Legislation to Delay Tax Payments to School DistrictsSchool Board Notes, March 31, 2020

By a vote of 79-0, the state Assembly on March 25 approved legislation, A-3902, that would authorize the Department of Community Affairs to permit municipalities to delay the  transmission of property tax revenues to school districts.

March 27 Podcast: Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19 – School Board Notes, March 24, 2020

The podcast will address the state budget and health benefit reforms.

Senate Advances Major Health Savings Plan, Two Other Union-Backed Bills – School Board Notes, March 24, 2020

On Thursday, March 19, the state Senate advanced legislation aimed at saving school districts, school employees and taxpayers hundreds of millions in health care costs. The NJSBA has requested that a comprehensive, district-by-district analysis of the bill’s fiscal impact be completed before it obtains final passage. Anti-subcontracting and job protection bills strongly opposed by NJSBA were also passed.

Education Legislation Approved to Address COVID-19 Threat – School Board Notes, March 24, 2020

A measure to make it easier to conduct remote or virtual meetings, and bills concerning school meals for students were among those approved.

Legislative Update: Assembly Advances Coronavirus Emergency Bill Package – School Board Notes, March 17, 2020

General Assembly approves 30 bills to respond to the virus.

NJSBA Testifies on Proposed State Budget – School Board Notes, March 17, 2020

NJSBA on March 12 urged the Legislature to substantially increase funding for extraordinary special education expenses.

SBOE Update: State Board Reviews Perkins V Plan, School Performance Reports, Revised Scores for Graduation – School Board Notes, March 10, 2020

The readoption of special education rules was also discussed.

Legislative Update: Pre-Apprenticeship; Electric School Bus and Teacher Loan Redemption Programs Approved by State Senate – School Board Notes, March 10, 2020

Plastic bag ban and “Gun Violence Awareness Day” also move forward.

Senate President Announces Health Benefits Compromise; Estimates $1 Billion in Annual SavingsSchool Board Notes, March 10, 2020

Senate President Steve Sweeney outlined on March 9 a landmark agreement that will produce more than $1 billion in annual savings for taxpayers and educators by providing a new health benefits plan with reduced contributions by school district employees and major cost savings for local property taxpayers.

Budget Calls for $336 Million Increase in Formula AidSchool Board Notes, February 25, 2020

K-12 education formula aid would increase by $336 million, or 3.9%, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed $40.9 billion 2020-2021 state budget introduced Tuesday. The budget proposal also includes $50 million in “stabilization aid” and addresses health benefit costs.

Legislative Update: School Lunch, Cable TV Bills AdvanceSchool Board Notes, February 25, 2020

Three school meal bills that were recently released in the Assembly Education Committee were approved Feb. 24 by the full Assembly.

Senate Resolution Urges Boards to Adopt NJSBA Mental Health Task Force RecommendationsSchool Board Notes, February 19, 2020

Senator Declan O’Scanlon introduced a resolution, SR-38, last week that urges local boards of education  to adopt the recommendations of “Building a Foundation for Hope,” the final report of the NJSBA Task Force on Mental Health Services in the Public Schools.

Legislative Update: Bills Advance on School Lunches; Electric School Buses; Student Journalist RightsSchool Board Notes, February 19, 2020

The NJSBA supported a package of school lunch bills that were recently heard but not approved in the last legislative session. Teacher loan redemption and joint health insurance purchasing bills also move forward.

SBOE Update: NJDOE Proposes Changes to Teacher EvaluationsSchool Board Notes, February 11, 2020

At its monthly meeting, the New Jersey State Board of Education heard updates and took action on various items, including proposed changes to educator evaluation regulations.  The Board also received an update on the Jersey City school district’s transition to local control.

Senator Doherty, Assemblymen DiMaio, Peterson and Bergen Meet with NJSBA and Local Board MembersSchool Board Notes, February 11, 2020

In recent weeks, the New Jersey School Boards Association and local board members met with elected representatives to discuss education issues.

NJSBA Stands by Position on Cap AdjustmentSchool Board Notes, February 4, 2020

After a report on the negative impact of the governor’s veto of the cap adjustment bill, NJSBA reiterated its stance in favor of the proposal.

Legislative Update: Apprenticeship and Workforce Development Measures AdvanceSchool Board Notes, February 4, 2020

The Senate Labor Committee met Jan. 27 and released three bills aimed at expanding apprenticeship opportunities for New Jersey residents. Teacher loan redemption program also moves forward.

Senate Education Committee Holds School Nutrition HearingSchool Board Notes, February 4, 2020

The Senate Education Committee held a 90-minute hearing Monday Jan. 27 on school nutrition, during which experts and educators spoke about the best practices in providing the healthiest foods to children.

NJSBA’s 2020-2021 Legislative Advocacy Agenda/Action PlanSchool Board Notes, January 28, 2020

As a new session of the Legislature gets underway, the NJSBA Board of Directors approved the Association’s Advocacy Agenda, designed to guide its activities over the next two years.

Legislative Update: Governor Signs Over 150 Bills on Final Day, ‘Pocket Vetoes’ OthersSchool Board Notes, January 22, 2020

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Gov. Phil Murphy signed over 150 bills and resolutions into law, including several school-related measures.  That was the last day on which he could act on any legislation sent to his desk in the waning days of the 2018-2019 legislative session.  Any bills not signed by the governor are considered “pocket vetoed,” meaning they expire without becoming law.