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NJASA Legal Department Research Services – March 2014 edition now online

The March 2014 issue of the NJASA Legal Research Publication Program is now available online to subscribers. The TEACHNJ Act was designed to promote effective and efficient teachers and principals through a new performance evaluation system. In its implementing regulations, the New Jersey Department of Education called this system “AchieveNJ.” Part one of this Administrative Guide discussed the purpose of these regulations, the confidentiality of evaluation data, board of education responsibilities for the annual evaluations, the role and responsibility of the district evaluation advisory committee, and the role and responsibilities of the school improvement panel. Part Two continues the discussion of the new regulations with a review of the regulations pertaining to evaluation policies and procedures, observations of teachers, and preparation of performance reports.

In addition, the School News Briefs reviews three new cases, including one in which a board did not violate a nurse’s tenure rights by abolishing her position and entering into a shared services agreement.

The March 2014 Special Education Bulletin reviews two new cases including a case from the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals which found that IDEA does not create a cause of action for children who are misidentified as having a disability.

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