Education Issues


Possible Changes to the Closed Session Sunshine Law

The Open Public Meetings Act (also called the Sunshine Law) is the landmark legislation that, for more than 30 years, has been a guiding law on transparent government in New Jersey.  All school boards must abide by it.  It dictates when school boards can go into executive session, how they must advertise their meetings, and how they handle public comment. 

Revive, Recharge and Reimagine and Workshop 2011

Three days in October can make a difference in your district

Eight Traits of Effective School Boards

Research is clear: High achieving boards exhibit different habits and characteristics

By Patte Barth

What makes an effective school board – one that boosts student achievement? From a research perspective, it’s a complex question that involves evaluating virtually all of a board’s functions, from internal governance and policy formulation to communication with teachers, building administrators, and the public.

Board Meeting Magic

There’s no mystery to a well-run school board meeting. Here’s a guide to how things should work.

By Joanne Borin

Why are some school board meetings productive, civil and well-run while others are not? Much of it has to do with how well-planned and organized meetings are.

Policy Q & A

Board Members Are Asking…

Answers to questions recently posed to NJSBA’s Policy experts

By David Bosted

When the telephone rings at the NJSBA policy desk, one never knows what unique and interesting question a board member is about to pose. Such questions help the Association to know what is on board members’ minds, and to understand what topics might need clarification.

The Doctor is In - Diagnosing the problems in your district’s salary guide

The Doctor is In

Diagnosing the problems in your district’s salary guide

By Robert Greitz

Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act

Michael F. Kaelber, director of NJSBA's Legal & Policy Services Department, speaks about the state's new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act at the Monmouth County School Boards Association on April 7, 2011. The law, enacted in January, brings sweeping changes in the way that public school districts address cases of harassment, intimidation and bullying.

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Why School Boards Matter

Mary L. Delagardelle, executive director of the Iowa School Boards Foundation, discusses why school boards matter. The New Jersey School Boards Association program took place on Feb. 26, 2011.

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Inside the Science Leadership Academy

The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute and is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006.

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