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June 4, 2016
This special announcement will provide you with up-to-date information on pertinent educational issues that are part of the State Board's agenda.

Eyes on the NJ State Board of Education
Meeting Date: June 1, 2016

Special Note:
The New Jersey State Board of Education convened first as the New Jersey State Board of Career and Technical Education. The agenda included an overview and goals for Career Readiness and CTE. The Board viewed presentations from Cape May Regional School District, Morris County Vocational-Technical School District and Union City School District.  

President's Report
The State Board adopted the following resolutions:
Honor the 2015-2016 State Board Student Representative
Establish the State Board Calendar of 2016-2017 Meeting Dates

Commissioner's Report
Graduation: Ensuring a Meaningful Diploma for New Jersey Students 
NJDOE Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Data Literacy, Bari Anhalt Erlichson, Ph.D., and NJDOE Chief Performance Officer Don Mitchell reviewed for the Board New Jersey's graduation process and additional approaches utilized by other states. The challenge facing New Jersey is ensuring all students leave high school with the necessary knowledge and skills while empowering schools to implement curriculum and instructional programs.

Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission (MOESC) 
MOESC Superintendent/CEO Christopher Rooney presented a request to enlarge its purpose.

Board Action
The State Board approved a new organization chart for NJDOE. Highlights include: 

Margaret McDonald
Deputy Chief Learning Supports and Specialized Services Officer 
Samantha Skabla
Deputy Chief Legal Officer
Diana Pasculli
Deputy Chief External Affairs Officer
Harold Lee 
Director, Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools
Christopher Snyder
Director, Office of District Intervention and Support
Kristen Brown
Chief Talent Officer
Kathryn Whalen
Director, Office of Equity and Compliance
Dodi Price
Chief Administrative Officer
Kevin Dehmer
Chief Financial Officer
David Podolsky
Director, Office of Accounting
Adoption Resolution
State Special Education Advisory Council

The State Board approved two new appointments and eight re-appointments to the State Special Education Advisory Council for a period of two years, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:4-66.1 and US P. L. 94-142.

Second Discussion
Educator Effectiveness
From the May meeting, the State Board continued its discussion regarding NJDOE's proposed amendments pertaining to educator evaluation at N.J.A.C. 6A: 9C Professional Development and N.J.A.C. 6A:10, Educator Effectiveness pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:1-1, 18A:4-15, 18A:6-34 and 38, 18A:26-2.7 and 10, and P.L. 2012, c. 11., and N.J.S.A. 18A:4-15.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at agallagher@njasa.net or 609-599-2900, ext. 126. 


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Anne H. Gallagher
NJASA Director of Communications