NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza tells The Source, "The Association is pleased that the New Jersey Senate has approved bill, S-1987, that will return complete authority to local school boards in negotiations with school superintendents and ending the flight of experienced superintendents to employment in neighboring states and to early retirement which places a burden on the state's already troubled retirement system. We look forward to the bill moving forward in the General Assembly and to approval by Governor Christie."
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)
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.
The numbers are open to interpretation, but they’re all alarming; supporters of lifting the cap point to a survey showing that nearly a hundred superintendents who had left their posts as of a year ago cited the salary cap as a factor.
...why did it apply only to the salaries of superintendents? Why only to schools, and not any other public job? Why not police chiefs, or the Rutgers football coach? The answer, of course, was political pandering.
Gov. Christie vowed to rein in government spending when he took office in 2010, and one of his most controversial first-term initiatives was setting a cap on salaries for school district superintendents.
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.
In response to complaints, multi-state group decides to shave 90 minutes off math and language arts sections and alter exam schedule
Governor’s own law gives him seven years to get pension payments in line, but he says he needs 10. What he’s not saying is how costs would balloon over time
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.