According to results of a research study by the Iowa Association of School Boards, school boards in high-achieving districts are significantly different in their knowledge and beliefs than school boards in low-achieving districts. And, this difference appears to carry through among administrators and teachers throughout the districts.
ELFNJ Welcomes New Director
The board of trustees of the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey (ELFNJ) recently announced the appointment of Stephanie Duckworth, a veteran nonprofit executive, as the new director of ELFNJ.
At 11 a.m. Feb. 23, NJSBA’s online radio program, Conversations on New Jersey Education, governmental relations specialists from NJSBA and the New Jersey Education Association will discuss the impact of the state budget and issues such as tenure reform. Program host Ray Pinney will discuss these issues with Ginger Gold Schnitzer, NJEA’s director of government relations, and Michael Vrancik, NJSBA’s director of governmental relations.
Legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Jan. 17 gives a community the option to change the election date through any one of three methods: a resolution by the local board of education; or a resolution by the municipal governing body; or voter referendum.
Read more in the January 24, 2012 issue of School Board Notes.
The Sunshine Law – also known as the Open Public Meetings Act – is landmark legislation that guides school boards in how they communicate and operate, not only with the public but with district administrators and themselves. When the law was enacted over 30 years ago, emails, teleconferencing, and other technological advances were not envisioned. In addition, boards face new issues dealing with personal emails and the Open Public Records Act.
Recently both houses of the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill that would give individual school boards the option of moving board member elections to November while at the same time eliminating the need for public approval of the school budget if it is at or below cap.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney has been instrumental in negotiating with Governor Christie on moving education legislation. “In spite of deep-seated differences of opinion, Sweeney has been able to work with the governor to build compromises and guide proposals such as pension and health benefit reform through the Legislature.”What can New Jersey residents expect from the senate in regard to school funding, tenure reform, teacher evaluations, and charter schools in the lame duck session as well as the next legislative session?
The Opportunity Scholarship Act has received Senate Committee approval—with bi-partisan support. Join host Ray Pinney as he discusses the proposal with Gordon MacInnes, former New Jersey state senator and assistant commissioner of education. Mr. MacInness is an opponent of the Opportunity Scholarship Act.
On Jan. 5th Gov. Christie signed into law the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights which is historic legislation. By most accounts this legislation will have a dramatic impact in our school districts. Whether you are a parent, student, teacher, administrator or school board member this legislation will affect you. Please join host Ray Pinney as he interviews school board attorney Paul Green a partner with the firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, on the implications of this law.