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July 16, 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: July 13, 2016


Commissioner's Report
School Security Update
Ben Castillo, Director, NJDOE Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning (OSPEP), and Jeff Gale, Investigator, provided an overview of the unit's support to district and school leaders in assisting with the establishment and maintenance of a school safety and security plan that addresses all hazards and follows the phases of crisis management planning - mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in New Jersey
 
Jill Hulnick, ESSA Project Lead, NJDOE and Dianna Pasculli, ESSA Outreach Lead, NJDOE,
reviewed expected dates for ESSA activities and NJDOE actions. Over 4,800 responses regarding what school communities want to know about their public schools have been received. Three regional meetings are scheduled for September 6, 7, and 8. (Locations TBD) 

Adoption Actions
Name Change for Passaic County Educational Services Commission
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:6-61, the State Board of Education granted approval to the Passaic County Educational Services Commission to change its name to The Northern Region Educational Services Commission of New Jersey.

School Ethics Commission
The State Board readopted without amendment N.J.A.C. 6A:28, School Ethics Commission. The rules effectuate the School Ethics Act (Act), N.J.S.A. 18A:12-21 et seq., which seeks to ensure and preserve public confidence in the integrity of elected and appointed district board of education members and school administrators. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14B-5.1.c (2), N.J.A.C. 6A:28 expires on October 18, 2016. NJDOE is in the process of reviewing all possible amendments to the chapter. As such, the Board's current readoption without amendments will continue the chapter past the current expiration date. Within the next year, NJDOE expects to present another rulemaking.

Lead Testing in School Drinking Water
The State Board promulgated amendments to N.J.A.C. 6A:26 to require immediate testing for lead in the drinking water of all New Jersey public school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools, jointure commissions, educational services commissions, approved private schools for students with disabilities acting under contract to provide educational services on behalf of New Jersey public school districts, State-funded early childcare facilities pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:13A, and receiving schools as defined by N.J.A.C. 6A:14-7.1(a). NJDOE in close consultation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has developed amendments to N.J.A.C. 6A:26. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided guidance for reducing lead in drinking water for schools, called the 3T's.

Advancing to the NJ Register
Educator Effectiveness
The State Board approved for publication the amendments pertaining to educator evaluation proposed 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. December 2016 is a potential effective date of the proposed regulatory changes.

Programs to Support Student Development
The State Board approved for publication the amendments to Chapter 16 pertaining to anti-bullying pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:4-15 and 18A:37-15 and 21 and N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7. After public comment, the State Board, in the fall, will revisit these proposed changes

First Discussion
Student Transportation
The State Board discussed amendments to the regulations pertaining to school buses at N.J.A.C. 6A:27, Student Transportation, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:39-21.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at agallagher@njasa.net or 609-599-2900, ext. 126. 


Sincerely,

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Anne H. Gallagher
NJASA Director of Communications