For generations, graduating with a college degree has been viewed as the goal for all students.  But statistical and anecdotal experience demonstrates that college enrollment upon high school graduation is not the best fit for all students.

At the same time, business groups report that New Jersey has 44,000 vacant “middle-skills” jobs, which are described as those requiring more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree.

Non-college-bound students and the educational opportunities they need to build successful careers are the focus of the cover story of the current issue of School Leader magazine.  That article, “Preparing All Students for the Future,” highlights recommendations from the recently-released report of NJSBA’s Task Force on Educational Opportunities for the Non-College-Bound Learner.

Special Section on Labor Relations  The issue also features a special section on labor relations, which includes stories on what the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision means for labor relations in the state, bargaining since the sunset of Chapter 78, and options to salary guides. Other articles featured in the issue include Best Practices of Local Education Foundations, and how your board can help pass a construction referendum.

School Leader is published six times a year and is mailed to all New Jersey school board members. It is also available online.