Legislative Update: Mental Health and School Security Measures Advance; Legislature Continues to Push School Bus Driver Shortage BillsSchool Board Notes, June 14, 2022

On June 9, several committees convened and advanced various measures affecting New Jersey school districts.

SBOE Update: State Board of Education Acts on School Ethics, Teacher Certification, and Numerous Other ItemsSchool Board Notes, June 7, 2022

At its monthly meeting, the Board advanced a School Ethics proposal that seeks to ensure and preserve confidence in the integrity of elected and appointed members of a district board of education.

Legislative Update: Senate Education Committee Advances Measures on Educator Recruitment, Environmental Sustainability, Information Literacy, and OthersSchool Board Notes, June 7, 2022

On Thursday, June 2, the Senate Education Committee met and approved ten measures affecting New Jersey school districts.

Legislative Update: School Meal Expansion, Electric School Bus, and Emergency Bonding Authority Measures AdvanceSchool Board Notes, June 1, 2022

On May 26, both the Senate and the Assembly held their first voting sessions since the Legislature returned from budget break.

Legislative Update: Curriculum Transparency, Electric School Bus Measures Continue to Advance; Educator Recruitment Package Clears Assembly Education CommitteeSchool Board Notes, May 24, 2022

On May 19, the Assembly Education Committee, Higher Education Committee, Women and Children Committee, and Appropriations Committee convened at the State House and advanced the various measures affecting New Jersey school districts.

Legislative Update: Measures to Alleviate Bus Driver Shortage, Promote Electric School Buses Clear CommitteeSchool Board Notes, May 17, 2022

On May 12, the Assembly Transportation & Independent Authorities Committee advanced legislation that would allow drivers to operate van-type school buses without first obtaining a CDL.

SBOE Update: State Board Acts on Numerous Items at May MeetingSchool Board Notes, May 10, 2022

At the regular meeting of the State Board of Education, the commissioner of education addressed the recent controversy concerning the Comprehensive Health and Physical Education standards of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

Assembly Republican Leader Speaks at NJSBA Legislative Committee MeetingSchool Board Notes, May 10, 2022

Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio emphasized the need for more education funding to provide property tax relief at the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Legislative Committee meeting May 7.

Legislative Update: Senate Education Committee Meets as Legislature Returns from Budget BreakSchool Board Notes, May 10, 2022

On Monday, May 9, the Legislature returned to the State House for its first non-budget related committee meeting since mid-March. The Senate Education Committee was among those that met and advanced numerous measures.

Acting Commissioner of Education Testifies in Support of Governor’s Budget at Senate Budget MeetingSchool Board Notes, May 3, 2022

Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, spoke in support of Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed fiscal year 2023 budget at a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting April 28.

SBOE Update: State Board of Education Acts on Numerous Items at April MeetingSchool Board Notes, April 12, 2022

Among other agenda items, the New Jersey Department of Education released school performance and graduation data for 2020-2021. The NJSBA also provided testimony on a proposal that would make various changes to the regulations governing school ethics.

Acting Commissioner of Education, SDA Chief Highlight Items in Governor’s Proposed BudgetSchool Board Notes, April 12, 2022

Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, joined several other state officials in speaking about Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed fiscal year 2023 budget at an April 11 Assembly Budget Committee meeting.

NJSBA Advocates for Members During Virtual Visit to Capitol Hill – School Board Notes, April 5, 2022

Leaders from the New Jersey School Boards Association and board members from throughout the state met with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and their staff March 30 as part of a virtual visit to Capitol Hill.

NJSBA Testifies at Assembly Budget Hearing – School Board Notes, March 29, 2022

These hearings provide advocates and members of the public an opportunity to weigh in on Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed $49.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2023, which includes over $19 billion in overall school aid, of which $9.9 billion is sent to school districts as formula aid. Jonathan Pushman, director of governmental relations at the New Jersey School Boards Association, testified on behalf of the Association.

Legislative Update: Senate Approves edTPA Elimination Measure; Assembly Passes Bill to Make Graduation Exit Exam a Field Test – School Board Notes, March 29, 2022

Both houses of the Legislature held voting sessions on Thursday, March 24. An NJSBA-backed measure that would eliminate completion of the edTPA assessment as a condition for teacher licensure was among the various education proposals that advanced.

Legislative Update: Assembly Education Committee Meets; FAFSA Graduation Requirement Advances – School Board Notes, March 15, 2022

On Thursday, March 10, the Assembly Education Committee met and advanced numerous measures. The Assembly Higher Education also met and approved a FAFSA graduation requirement that NJSBA has expressed concerns on.

Governor’s Budget Address Highlights Investments in Education – School Board Notes, March 8, 2022

New Jersey’s fiscal 2023 budget will dedicate about 24% of its total expenditures to direct aid to education, Gov. Phil Murphy said in his annual budget address March 8, emphasizing how those investments would ease property taxes for New Jersey residents.

Legislative Update: Governor Signs COVID-Related Special Education Claims Measure, Remote Instruction Bill Advances, Senate Education Committee Meets – School Board Notes, March 8, 2022

On March 3, Gov. Phil Murphy approved legislation that will give parents and school districts additional time to settle any disputes concerning the provision of special education services while schools were providing instruction in a predominantly remote or hybrid environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate approved legislation designed to provide districts with a broader use of remote instruction.

SBOE Update: State Board Acts on Numerous Items at March Meeting – School Board Notes, March 8, 2022

At its regular monthly, the State Board approved two resolutions – one recognizing March as Gifted and Talented Students Month, and another recognizing March 11 as Social and Emotional Learning Day. It also took action on items regarding education homeless students, religious holidays, the Bridge Year program and updates to the school ethics regulations.

NJSBA Legislative Committee Reviews Important Legislation and Welcomes a Special Guest – School Board Notes, March 1, 2022

The Legislative Committee of the New Jersey School Boards Association held a virtual meeting Saturday, Feb. 26, with state Sen. Vin Gopal of Legislative District 11, chair of the Senate Education Committee, addressing stakeholders on a variety of issues.

NJSBA Testifies on Teacher ShortageSchool Board Notes, March 1, 2022

On Feb. 22, representatives from the New Jersey School Boards Association testified about the ongoing teacher shortage and its impact on student achievement at a meeting of the Joint Committee of the Public Schools.

Legislative Update: COVID-Related Special Education Claims Measure Heads to GovernorSchool Board Notes, February 23, 2022

On Monday, Feb. 28, the Assembly gave final legislative approval to a bill that would give parents and school districts additional time to settle any disputes concerning the provision of special education services while schools were providing instruction in a predominantly remote or hybrid environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legislative Update: Governor’s Budget Address Postponed to March 8School Board Notes, February 15, 2022

On Monday, Feb. 14, both houses of the Legislature approved legislation (S-1414/A-2063) that will delay the delivery of the governor’s budget message for fiscal year 2023 by two weeks.

Legislative Update: Education Committees Hold First Hearings of New SessionSchool Board Notes, February 8, 2022

On Thursday, Feb. 3, the Senate Education Committee held its first meeting of the 2022-2023 legislative session, which was also the first one presided over by its new chair, Sen. Vin Gopal. In addition, the Assembly Education Committee, which continues to be led by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, convened for its first meeting on Monday, Feb 7.

SBOE Update: State Board Acts on Numerous Items at February MeetingSchool Board Notes, February 8, 2022

At its February meeting, the New Jersey State Board of Education heard updates and acted on the following items: NJGPA Cut-off scores, career and technical education programs, the new “limited” certification pilot program, the Bridge Year Pilot Program, and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds.

NJSBA Board of Directors Approves Advocacy Agenda and Action PlanSchool Board Notes, February 2, 2022

The NJSBA Board of Directors met virtually on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, and approved the 2022-2023 advocacy agenda and action plan that coincides with the new two-year legislative session at the State House.