NJQSAC Relief Bill Now Law; Learning Loss Study Measure Advances – School Board Notes, December 29, 2020
On Dec. 23, Gov. Murphy approved legislation that would provide districts relief from the periodic monitoring and district self-evaluation system known as NJQSAC. NJSBA strongly supported the measure throughout the legislative process. The full Senate approved a bill requiring the commissioner of education to conduct a study on the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on public schooling.
Legislative Update: Mental Health Bills Advance; NJQSAC Relief Primed for Final Vote – School Board Notes, December 15, 2020
On Monday, Dec. 14, the NJSBA testified at the Assembly Education Committee in support of a series of bills to assist students with their mental health needs.
Legislative Update: NJQSAC Relief Bill Advanced by Senate Committee; School Audit Delay Signed into Law – School Board Notes, December 8, 2020
On Monday, Dec. 7, the Senate Education Committee convened to consider a busy agenda. The approved bills included one of the NJSBA’s pandemic-related advocacy agenda items that would delay the QSAC review process for districts in the current school year.
NJSBA, League of Municipalities Express Concerns about New Public Meeting Regulations – School Board Notes, November 24, 2020
On Nov. 18, the NJSBA and the N.J. League of Municipalities jointly filed comments with the state’s Division of Local Government Services (DLGS), concerning its new remote meeting regulations.
Legislative Update: Assembly Advances NJQSAC Relief Bill; Education Measures Head to Governor – School Board Notes, November 17, 2020
A bill that would delay the filing of school audits during the public health emergency received final legislative approval.
SBOE Update: State Board Discusses ‘Start Strong’ Assessment at No Cost to Districts – School Board Notes, November 10, 2020
At its November meeting, the State Board of Education lso made appointments to the State Special Education Advisory Council and took action on various other items.
Legislative Update: Senate Pulls Vote on ‘Coaches Bill’ Opposed by NJSBA; Sample BOE Resolution Now Available – School Board Notes, November 4, 2020
On Oct. 29, the full state Senate was scheduled to vote on Senate Bill No. 2843, which would have established various job protections for high school athletic coaches. However, the Senate removed the bill from its board list prior to the start of the voting session and it did not receive a vote.
Legislative Update: Assembly Committee Addresses Social Justice Issues; Senate Committee Advances COVID-19 Procurement Measure – School Board Notes, October 27, 2020
The Assembly Education Committee held a hearing to receive testimony from invited guests on issues related to racial inclusivity and social justice in the state’s education system and the innovative curriculum needed to address these issues.
Action Alert: Overreaching Coaches’ Contracts Bill Scheduled for Oct. 29 Senate Vote – School Board Notes, October 27, 2020
NJSBA urges boards of education to contact their state senators and ask them to vote “no” on S-2843, often referred to as the “coaches bill,” which is scheduled for a Senate floor vote.
SBOE Update: State Board Hears Update on Return to Local Control in Paterson – School Board Notes, October 14, 2020
At its October meeting, the State Board of Education also announced the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year.
Legislative Leaders to Appear at Virtual Workshop 2020 – School Board Notes, October 14, 2020
Legislators scheduled to participate this year include Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Senator Steven Oroho.
Legislative Update: Bills Advance on Quarantine Restrictions, School Meals and Return of Local Control to Districts – School Board Notes, September 29, 2020
On Thursday, Sept. 24, the full Senate and Assembly took action on various education-related bills at their respective voting sessions.
Governor Signs Budget Providing Increases for Special Education and Student Mental Health – School Board Notes, September 29, 2020
Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed a $32.7 billion state budget that keeps overall state aid to education at 2019-2020 levels, while adding money for extraordinary special education costs and restoring a critical student mental health program.
Legislature Restores Funding for School Based Youth Services, Increases Special Ed Aid, Advances FY2021 Budget Bills – School Board Notes, September 22, 2020
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Senate and Assembly budget committees released the fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill, which would fund government operations from October through next June.
SBOE Update: State Board Clarifies Special Ed Regulations – School Board Notes, September 15, 2020
Among other actions taken at the board’s regular monthly meeting, the Interim Commissioner of Education announced the release of a virtual learning toolkit to assist families and schools.
During Budget Hearing, NJDOE Questioned about Students’ Lack of Internet Access – School Board Notes, September 15, 2020
On Thursday, Sept. 10, Interim Education Commissioner Kevin Dehmer went before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to discuss the education portion of the fiscal year 2021 budget.
Legislative Update: Governor Signs State School Nurse Consultant Bill and an Anti-Subcontracting Measure; Senate Education Committee Meets – School Board Notes, September 15, 2020
In addition, six bills, including a measure easing substitute teacher requirements, were approved by the Senate Education Committee.
Gov. Murphy Says School-Based Mental Health Services Necessary, but Funding Not Yet in Budget – School Board Notes, September 15, 2020
On Thursday, Sept. 10, Gov. Phil Murphy appeared on the WNYC radio program “Ask the Governor” and expressed his support for funding of the School–Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP). NJSBA provides members with sample resolution to express support for program funding.
NJSBA Urges Legislature, Administration to Continue and Expand School Based Youth Services – School Board Notes, September 9, 2020
In communication to the legislative leadership, Senate and Assembly budget committees and the Murphy administration, NJSBA is strongly urging the continuation of services that have been provided to school districts through the Department of Children and Families School Based Youth Services Program.
NJSBA Budget Testimony Cites Impact of ‘Once in a Century’ Crisis – School Board Notes, September 9, 2020
On Sept. 9, the New Jersey School Boards Association called for a higher level of school funding in the state’s FY2021 budget, citing the additional expenses that schools are incurring due to the coronavirus pandemic, the continued underfunding of districts under the state’s school funding formula, and the inadequate funding of extraordinary special education expenses in the state.
Legislative Update: Burdensome Anti-Subcontracting Measure, NJQSAC Postponement Bill Head to Governor – School Board Notes, September 1, 2020
NJSBA led a coalition of education, government and business organizations that opposed the anti-subcontracting bill. The NJQSAC measure would delay district assessments during the pandemic. In addition, the full Assembly passed a cooperative purchasing measure that would assist districts in procuring COVID-19 related goods and services.
Overreaching Coaches’ Contracts Measure Pulled from Senate Vote – School Board Notes, September 1, 2020
NJSBA thanks all board members who assisted in our advocacy efforts in opposing the legislation, which would infringe on school boards’ responsibility to make personnel decisions.The NJSBA joined several other statewide education organizations in aggressively opposing the legislation, including the N.J. Principals and Supervisors Association, Garden State Coalition of Schools, and N.J. Association of School Administrators.
Legislative Update: Bill Represents an ‘Unnecessary and Inappropriate Overreach’ into a Board of Education’s Duty to Make Responsive Personnel Decisions – School Board Notes, August 25, 2020
Following approval by Senate Budget Committee, NJSBA asks members to contact their state Senator, urging a “NO” vote. The Senate Education Committee also met. Among other items, the committee advanced bills concerning QSAC flexibility, remote instruction, and cooperative purchasing of COVID-related goods.
NJSBA on Governor’s Budget Address: Additional Federal Funding Needed for Education During Pandemic – School Board Notes, August 25, 2020
The New Jersey School Boards Association 5 joined in Governor Murphy’s call for federal financial support to help states and local school districts meet the challenges posed by the pandemic.
New State Budget Calls for $7.3 Billion for Schools; Murphy Also Announces $100 Million for Health Standards – School Board Notes, August 25, 2020
On Aug. 25, Gov. Phil Murphy proposed a $32.4 billion budget for the shortened nine-month FY2021, including $7.3 billion in direct state aid to school districts. Total education aid represents essentially flat funding from fiscal year 2020, although that does not necessarily mean flat funding for individual districts.
Legislative Update: Gov. Signs Bill Establishing Tenure-Like Protection for Support Staff – School Board Notes, August 18, 2020
On Thursday, Aug. 13, Gov. Phil Murphy approved an NJSBA-opposed bill that would establish tenure-like protection for school district support staff.
N.J. Supreme Court Allows State to Borrow up to $9.9 Billion to Meet Pandemic-Related Expenses – School Board Notes, August 11, 2020
The high court’s decision will impact the governor’s Aug. 25 budget message and state aid to schools for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
Legislative Update: Tax Credits for Apprenticeships, Help in Purchasing COVID Supplies among Measures Approved by Committees – School Board Notes, August 11, 2020
Legislation providing STEM opportunities for women and minorities also advanced.
Legislative Update: School Nurse Consultant Bill Sent to Governor – School Board Notes, August 4, 2020
Bills concerning depression screenings for students and delaying the student athlete physical exam requirement for the fall also advanced.
Legislative Update: School Nurse Consultant, Student Depression Screening Bills Headed to Assembly Vote – School Board Notes, July 28, 2020
The Assembly Education Committee also held discussions on school reopening; NJSBA’s Mike Vrancik testified on behalf of boards of education.
Bill Package Would Boost Mental Health Services in Schools – School Board Notes, July 21, 2020
On Monday, July 20, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-6) unveiled a series of bills intended to enhance mental health services and resources available to New Jersey’s public school students.
Legislative Update: COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act Signed – School Board Notes, July 21, 2020
The law authorizes the state to borrow up to $9.9 billion to address the state’s fiscal crisis.
Legislative Update: Assembly Committee Approves Bill Delaying Physical Exam Requirement for Student-Athletes – School Board Notes, July 14, 2020
The amended bill originally proposed waiving the physical examination requirement for the fall season.
Senate Committee Passes Bill to Enable $9.9 Billion in State Borrowing – School Board Notes, July 14, 2020
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee voted to approve a bill that paves the way for the state to borrow up to $9.9 billion to fill budget holes created by the pandemic.
SBOE Update: Full Local Control Returned to the Newark Public School System – School Board Notes, July 7, 2020
The New Jersey State Board of Education voted on July 1 to return full local control to the Newark School District, nearly 25 years to the day after the state took control of district operations.
Legislative Update: Graduation Insurance and Furlough Measures Signed into Law – School Board Notes, July 7, 2020
The NJSBA obtained an amendment that would specifically authorize boards of education and their contracted service providers to implement job-sharing furlough programs.
New Statute Allows Electronic Filing of School Board Nominating Petitions – School Board Notes, July 7, 2020
Governor signs NJSBA-sought legislation that allows electronic collection of petition signatures for school board candidacy and their submission for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Governor Signs Bill, Creating a ‘Bridge Year Pilot Program’ for Extracurricular Activities – School Board Notes, June 30, 2020
Students may seek permission to postpone graduation to play sports and participate in other activities.
Legislative Update: Legislature Holds In-Person Voting Sessions, Approves 3-Month Spending Plan – School Board Notes, June 30, 2020
Governor signs $7.7 billion budget to keep government running through September 30.
Major Health Benefits Reform Bill to Be Signed into Law; Job Protection Measures Also Advance – School Board Notes, June 30, 2020
On June 29, the Legislature gave final approval to a proposal intended to save school districts, their employees and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by overhauling the health care plans offered to school employees. Gov. Murphy announced he will sign the bill on July 1.
Legislative Update: Bridge Year Program for Sports; Electronic Procurement, and Graduation Insurance Measures Advance – School Board Notes, June 23, 2020
The “Bridge Year Pilot Program” proposal now goes to Governor Murphy.
Legislative Update: Bills on Student Athlete Physicals, Anti-Hazing, and Electronic Construction Procurement Move Forward – School Board Notes, June 16, 2020
The full state Senate convened for a remote voting session on Monday, June 15 and advanced the various bills being actively tracked by the NJSBA. In addition, the Assembly Labor Committee released legislation promoting apprenticeships for under-represented populations.
NJSBA Facebook Live Events: I-STEAM and a Legislative Update – School Board Notes, June 9, 2020
On Thursday, June 11, Jonathan Pushman, an NJSBA legislative advocate, discussed advocacy in the age of COVID-19 and provided an update from Trenton.
Legislative Update: Assembly Authorizes Borrowing Billions; NJSBA Testifies About Emma’s Law – School Board Notes, June 9, 2020
As expected, on June 4 the General Assembly legislation which would authorize the state to borrow $5 billion by selling bonds, while also permitting the state to borrow additional money from the federal government to balance the budget.
Guidance on Reopening Schools Expected by Mid-June; Sen. Ruiz Calls for Equal Access to the Internet for All Students – School Board Notes, June 9, 2020
In a sometimes contentious hearing held by the Senate Education Committee, Senators asked New Jersey Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet to discuss the obstacles that need to be overcome if schools are to reopen safely in September.
New State Aid Figures Available for Every District – School 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 Billions – School 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 Aid – School 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 Enacted – School 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 Update – School 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 Committee – School 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 Advances – School 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 Signed – School 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 Meeting – School 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 Live – School 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 Governments – School 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 Loss – School 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 Remotely – School 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 Questions – School 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 Districts – School 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 Savings – School 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 Aid – School 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 Advance – School 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 Recommendations – School 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 Rights – School 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 Evaluations – School 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 Members – School 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 Adjustment – School 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 Advance – School 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 Hearing –School 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 Plan – School 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’ Others – School 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.