Sustainable Jersey for Schools is accepting grant applications, through Friday, June 26, 2015, from public schools that serve students in grade six or above to do specific health and wellness actions. (5/19)
“The First Amendment is certainly a strong privilege for all of us, but if it impacts negatively on the work they do, there is obviously going to be consequences for that,” said Richard Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. (5/18)
Today, April 22, Commissioner Hespe testified before the Assembly Budget Committee regarding the NJDOE recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.
Six talking-points address their understanding of the implications.
The guide was first produced in the spring of 1997 as the Comparative Spending Guide. The guide's name was changed in 2011, when the Department of Education developed a new total spending measure that continues to provide a more inclusive representation of district and state expenditures.
Understanding PARCC Instructional, Supports and Assessment Tools by Dr. Bonnie A. Hain, Director of ELA/Literacy Content and Instructional Supports, PARCC Inc.; A Look at PARCC Score Reports by NJDOE Assistant Commissioner/Chief Performance Officer Dr. Bari Erlichson; and What Parents, Educators and Students Need to Know About NJ's PARCC Testing by NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard G. Bozza (3/26)
“We’re in a new age,” Bozza said. “Social media’s exploded.” (3/20)
"The ideal solution is to fully fund the School Funding Reform Act. The fair solution is to divide what money does come to public education per the SFRA formula. The life ring to keep districts like Freehold Borough afloat is to fund the under adequacy aid..." (3/25)
April 16, 2015 (4/23)
Shared Services, Consolidation and Administrative Costs - Separating Fact from Fiction!
Administration Announces $12.7 Billion in Total Education Funding for Fiscal Year 2016
The proposal involves the following steps: • Freeze the existing pension plans; benefits earned to date would not be affected; • Align future public employee retirement benefits with private-sector levels; • Also align public employee health benefits with private-sector levels; • Fairly realign State and local responsibility for new and sustainable pension and health benefits; • Lock in fixed and certain pension funding with a constitutional amendment; this will protect employees and retirees from the vagaries of politics and the annual budget process, and • Transfer the assets, liabilities and risks of the existing pension and new retirement plans to employee entities willing and able to assume this obligation. (2/25)
Joint Memo from NJPHBSC and NJEA to the Governor, Senate President and Assembly Speaker. (2/25)
With the passage of the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act, New Jersey has set the standard by requiring that screenings be conducted for the silent cardiac abnormalities that may lead to the sudden death of a student-athlete. (3/12)
Chief Education Officer of the Somerville Public Schools, Dr. Timothy Purnell is named the 2015 Superintendent of the Year.
All districts received secure access to their 2013-14 teacher and principal/AP/VP Median Student Growth Percentile (mSGP) data on January 8, 2015. (1/16)
Rosen told the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Tuesday there is little money left in state coffers. School aid — "the single-biggest category that we have" — is almost nearly spent, and Homestead rebates and municipal aid are out the door, he said.
Democrats’ bills make their way through Senate committee but face two key obstacles – GOP lawmakers and Gov. Christie
“The First Amendment is certainly a strong privilege for all of us, but if it impacts negatively on the work they do, there is obviously going to be consequences for that,” said Richard Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators.
Measure raises important question: How many Senate Republicans will line up to go against one of Christie’s early educational reforms?
Governor says he supports concept but legislation would bring extra costs and burdens to school districts
We've always known that end-of-year assessments are beneficial to students—allowing teachers and administrators to evaluate and improve student learning more accurately while assisting parents with their children's progress. Now many are coming to realize that assessments are also important for securing services for students through state and federal school funding.
PARCC data was initially supposed to count as a 30 percent weight in teacher evaluations, but the NJEA negotiated a compromise with Gov. Chris Christie to lessen the importance of PARCC during the first year of its administration.
...the state is taking PARCC participation rates "very seriously," even for schools that do not receive federal funding.
Language changes tucked into appropriations act drastically hike what some districts will have to pay toward charter school costs
Christie admonished the crowd of 200 at the Essex County College Public Safety Academy to remember that "the penalties that occur for opting out of testing aren't just state penalties — they're federal penalties. ... Federal money is connected to that testing."
ew Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe spent two hours before the Assembly Budget Committee Wednesday for its annual hearing on education funding.
Governor Christie acknowledged Thursday that the state teacher’s union is no longer working with his administration to address the pension situation and he railed on Democratic leaders who are taking legal action to force him to make larger contributions.