In January 2015, Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director, appointed a staff task force to answer the question, “What does a local school district get for its NJSBA dues?” That task force assessed the value of the Association’s dues-based services, and identified more than $33.7 million in member value for 2013-2014—an amount four-and-a-half times greater than annual statewide dues. The value includes professional development, energy-savings programs, onsite consultation, and legal, policy and labor relations services.
The findings can now be read online in FINAL REPORT: The Value of NJSBA Task Force (March 2015).
The $33.7 million figure, which in itself is impressive, does not include the savings available through newer NJSBA programs, such as the dues-based services offered by the Grants Support Program, and on-site consultation and training in sustainable practices and STEAM education. Nor does it include the value of NJSBA’s advocacy on behalf of local school boards before the legislature and courts.
For example, the financial benefits of just two recent advocacy achievements—preserving school districts’ option to subcontract services and rolling back the state’s school construction grant assessment—exceeded $40 million in 2013-2014.
The long-term value of NJSBA services also consists of adoption of best practices, avoidance of costly litigation, the lowering of staff and operating costs, and reduction of professional consultant fees.
The Value of NJSBA report is also the subject of an article in the current edition of School Leader.
New Jersey School Boards Association Statement of Core Values and Beliefs
- The New Jersey School Boards Association believes that the mission of the public schools is to educate and prepare all students to be productive citizens.
- The NJSBA believes that public education is the cornerstone of a strong democratic society.
- The NJSBA believes that the most essential component of public school governance is the local board of education and that the best decisions for education are made by those closest to our students and our communities.
- As the only state-level education organization not representing school employees, the NJSBA values its ability to advocate for our students unbridled by any special interests.
- The NJSBA values its role as advocate, resource and trainer, thereby providing local boards of education with the tools, skill and knowledge to function effectively, ethically and efficiently.
- NJSBA believes that the success of New Jersey’s public schools stems from the dedication and commitment of local school board members to our state’s 1.37 million public school students and their communities.