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September 9, 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: September 7, 2016

Special Note:
Will You be Joining NJASA on September 23rd, to hear 
Michele Gay, Co-founder, Safe and Sound, A Sandy Hook Initiative? 

Register Now for the NJASA Safe and Healthy School Climate Program!

President's Report
At the end of September, NJDOE Commissioner Hespe will be stepping down. The Governor has named Kimberley Harrington, the Education Department's Assistant Commissioner/Chief Academic Officer, as Acting Education Commissioner.

Resolution in Recognition of October 2016 as National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Membership Month

Commissioner's Report
New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS) is an evidence-based framework for implementing academic and behavioral supports and interventions to improve achievement for all students. A federal IDEA Grant is funding the NJDOE partnership with Rutgers, the State Parents Advocacy Network, NJPSA and the Dumont School District. NJTSS is based on the core components of the three-tier prevention logic of Response to Intervention (RTI). David Cittadino, Chief Education Officer, Old Bridge Township Public Schools informed the State Board of the RTI framework utilized within the Old Bridge Township District. 

New Jersey's 2015 Superintendent of the Year Dr. Timothy Purnell, Chief Education Officer, Somerville School District, and the current National Superintendent of the Year for the National Association of School Superintendents, shared Highlights from the Ville with the State Board. Later in the agenda, Dr. Purnell was one of three reappointments to the State Board of Examiners. His term will expire on September 14, 2018.

State Board Approves
New approved nominees and their respective appointments are: 
Joshua Koen, Chief Innovation Officer
Anthony Fitzpatrick,  Director, Office of School Innovation
Amanda Schultz, Director, Office of Budget
Joseph Vitelli, Director, Office of Administration
The State Board also approved a title change for Karin Garver. She is now the Deputy Chief Academic Officer. 

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)
A resolution regarding the 2015-2020 NASDTEC Interstate Agreement for Educator Licensure was passed. The purpose of this interstate agreement is to provide a mechanism to inform the membership and the public of jurisdiction-specific requirements for educator licensure in each member jurisdiction.

Student Transportation
The amendments pertaining to school buses at N.J.A.C. 6A:27, student transportation, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:39-21 and N.J.S.A. 18A:4-15 are slated for publication in the NJ Register.   

First Discussion
ESEA Unsafe School Choice Option 
Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 SEC. 8532, as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, the Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO) requires that each state receiving funds under the ESEA establish and implement a statewide policy requiring that students attending a persistently dangerous public elementary or secondary school (Provision I), or students who become victims of a violent criminal offense (Provision II) while in or on the grounds of a public school that they attend be allowed to attend a safe public school.

Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency and Budgeting Procedures
NJDOE proposes to readopt N.J.A.C. 6A:23A, Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency and Budgeting Procedures, Subchapters 16 through 22 with amendments. 

NJDOE Division of Executive Services/Chief of Staff/Assistant Commissioner William Haldeman and NJDOE Chief Financial Officer Kevin Dehmer provided an overview to the State Board.

Subchapters 16 through 22 provide for fiscal accountability, financial accounting and recordkeeping, calculation of tuition for public schools and private schools for students with disabilities (PSSDs), residency determination, and the financial operations of charter schools.

Current Subchapters 16 through 22 previously were located in N.J.A.C. 6A:23, Finance and Business Services, until November 18, 2009, when the State Board voted to recodify the chapter as N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-16 through 22. Shortly before the recodification, the Commissioner adopted the first two phases of its fiscal accountability regulations as N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-1 through 15. The combination of all 22 subchapters compiled under one chapter all regulations concerning the fiscal operations of school districts, charter schools, and PSSDs.

Subchapters 16 through 22 are proposed for readoption as State Board of Education rules consistent with the original authority that established the regulations.

The Commissioner also will be proposing a simultaneous rulemaking for the readoption of Subchapters 1 through 15 pursuant to the original authority that established the subchapters. N.J.A.C. 6A:23A expires on November 25, 2016.

As part of NJDOE's mission to allow school districts to focus on better serving and educating New Jersey students, the Department proposes to repeal or amend several regulatory provisions that are either unnecessary or duplicative for the following:
N.J.A.C. 6A:3, Controversies and Disputes
N.J.A.C. 6A:9, Professional Standards - Recommendations of the State Professional Learning Committee to the Commissioner to adopt the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders into State regulations January 29, 2016
N.J.A.C. 6A:11, Charter Schools
N.J.A.C. 6A:32, School District Operations

This proposal further advances the goals of deregulation established in the September 2012 Education Transformation Task Force (ETTF) report, including the removal of duplicative regulations that distract school administrators and educators from the primary responsibility of student learning.

This proposal focuses on regulatory provisions that either restate rules that are stated elsewhere in Title 6A of Administrative Code or are outdated and no longer applicable to any regulated party. Removing the unnecessary provisions will streamline the Administrative Code and make it easier for school districts to review the regulatory requirements that are pertinent to teaching and learning.

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