NJSBA Urges Members to Oppose Sick Leave Expansion,School Board Notes, 5/23/23





Asbury Park Press

Two districts eye changes to school gender policies

Two Shore school districts could face legal challenges if new policies requiring staff to inform parents when students change gender identities or their names are approved.


Burlington County Times

NJ parents back social media limits as surgeon general issues warning

The recommendations, issued in a new report, resonated with North Jersey parents struggling to balance the risks and benefits for children.


Courier Post

NJ parents back social media limits as surgeon general…

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Daily Journal

NJ parents back social media limits as surgeon general issues warning

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Daily Record

Roxbury school board votes after heated debate about LGBTQ books

The meeting drew a crowd that filled the 700-seat Eisenhower Middle School auditorium to full capacity. More than 60 people spoke during three hours of public comment that ended close to midnight.


NJ will provide free telehealth counseling for college students

With mental health crises on the rise among teenagers, the state is partnering with a private firm to introduce a telehealth counseling service that provides free, online therapy to students enrolled at 44 public and private higher education institutions in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy’s office announced Tuesday.



Sayreville school taxes up 5%. Here’s why

Of the $116,543,486 school budget, $70,527,273 will come from local property owners.



Parents should be told if kids want to change gender identity at school, N.J. district says

The proposed changes come as several towns in New Jersey have proposed changes to how they handle issues involving gay and transgender students and gender identity.


N.J. college students can get free, 24/7 mental health help under program Murphy just announced

It’s being funded by $10 million in coronavirus relief funds from the American Rescue Plan approved by Congress, Gov. Phil Murphy’s office said.


N.J. could require libraries and schools to enact bans on banning books, or face penalty

A group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced a new proposal in the wake of a rise in book bans.


NJ Spotlight

Artificial intelligence could come to Newark public schools. What does that mean for student privacy and safety?

Community advocates and security experts say such a system could violate student and staff privacy, lead to over policing of students


Move to cut state funding for schools that ban books

Sen. Andrew Zwicker says, ‘You cannot ban a book without a consequence’


Budget talks go private as concerns increase

Federal default fears, lowered tax predictions loom as potential hazards for NJ



Paterson schools desperately need funding. Can NJ find the money?

The state agency that builds new schools and renovates old ones is running out of money. The Legislature has not provided a steady funding source.


Video: Roxbury HS librarian defends LGBTQ books

Roxbury High School librarian Roxana Caivano, who is suing four residents for harassment, speaks out against banning LGBTQ books during a meeting.


NJ will provide free telehealth counseling for college students

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Community forum thinks about  school start times, busing costs

A schedule switch might give youngsters extra sleep time, and there could be an added incentive, too: savings in busing costs.


Hundreds Hammer Roxbury School Board in Book Battle

The raucous meeting at Eisenhower Middle School in Succasunna saw emotionally charged members of the audience applaud, boo, laugh, curse and pray in their efforts to influence the board’s decision on how to deal with the controversial books.


Newark Beefs up Security at School Board Meetings

School District Director of Safety Levi Holmes told the school board Tuesday, May 23,2023, the district has boosted the number of guards present at board meetings.




Education Week

New York City Does About-Face on ChatGPT in Schools

Teachers will now be encouraged to help students better understand the technology.


How an Elementary School Principal Slashed Chronic Absenteeism

Targeted parent communications and early interventions played a role.


Teachers Say Improving Students’ Mental Well-Being Begins at Home

Schools are trying to address students’ deteriorating mental health. Where do parents fit in?



Trans kids crave acceptance at school in a nation that often resists it

Now, as Americans debate policies that affect trans Americans, there’s disagreement over how — or whether — to broach these issues in schools.


NBC News

Florida school limits access to Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem …

A grade school in Miami-Dade County said “The Hill We Climb,” which Ms. Gorman read at President Biden’s inauguration in 2021, was “better suited” for older students after a parent complained about it.


NPR News

School enrollment drops again as COVID disruption continues

The report, from the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), showed lagging enrollment in the nation’s public schools — down 3 percent in 2021, with 49.4 million students compared with 50.8 million before the pandemic, in 2019.


Washington Post

Trans kids crave acceptance at school in a nation that often resists it

Some people realize they are transgender at a young age. What are schools doing about it?


Education slipped and enrollment dropped in the pandemic, report shows

Enrollment in teacher preparation programs also fell 30 percent in seven years.