The Association’s Delegate Assembly will convene virtually on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be conducted remotely, per state requirements limiting the size of in-person gatherings.
Delegates will attend the meeting via the Webex video meeting service. A computer or smartphone is required to vote during the meeting.
Delegates, as well as non-voting board members and guests, must register before the meeting here.
There will also be an audio broadcast of the meeting available for members of the public. To gain access to the meeting, guests and the public may call in by dialing: 1-415-655-0002; access code: 127 782 4850.
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As part of its report to the Delegate Assembly, the NJSBA Special Education Committee is proposing the adoption of new policy language concerning the need for training of non-lawyer parent advocates in special education matters. Also on the agenda is the Sunset Review of Sections 1000 (Community Relations) and 2000 (Administration), of the NJSBA Manual of Positions and Policies on Education.
Resolutions Delegates will act on the following resolutions at the May 15 meeting:
- The South Orange Maplewood Board of Education (Essex County) proposes revised policy language to express the belief that it is important to cultivate inclusive, affirming and welcoming school communities that contribute to the overall safety, pedagogy and school climate; and to support and work with board members and school districts to create greater awareness, to ensure continued safety, support, student engagement and implementation of best practices and policies of all students, including those who are perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, or who are LGBTQ+.
- The NJSBA Special Education Committee proposes new policy language as follows:
The NJSBA believes that trained non-lawyer parent advocates provide a valuable service to parents and students. Mandatory training of non-lawyer parent advocates is essential to protect the interests of parents, students and districts. Training for parent advocates should result in an understanding of the appropriate role of a parent advocate as well as the requirements of federal and state special education laws and regulations; IEP development, and conflict resolution. Training should be ongoing. The state should provide funding for such training.
Delegates who wish to propose amendments to the resolutions should email the suggested changes to Cynthia Jahn, NJSBA general counsel, by 5 p.m. on May 13.