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On July 20, 2023, Gov. Phil Murphy signed S3798, permitting local educational agencies to submit new Chapter 408 applications for the 2023-2024 school year.

Now, the New Jersey State Department of Treasury’s Division of Pensions and Benefits has released a Notice to Certifying Officers regarding the one-year extension of P.L.2021, c.408 (Chapter 408) for the 2023-2024 school year, the New Jersey Department of Education noted in an advisory. 

Chapter 408 provided that, for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years, local educational agencies, including school districts, charter schools, renaissance school projects and approved private schools for students with disabilities could temporarily hire teachers and professional staff members providing special services who are retired from the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund without reenrollment in the TPAF.

Prior to hiring retired teachers and professional staff members providing special services in accordance with Chapter 408, each LEA must be determined to be in a position of critical need by the commissioner of education or designee.

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Please be advised, Chapter 408 does not modify requirements that all individuals serving in teaching and educational services roles in New Jersey’s public schools must be appropriately certified.

Additional information regarding pensions may be found at the Division of Pensions and Benefits website. by calling 609-292-7524, or by reaching out via email.