Yesterday, Gov. Christie proposed a $33.8 billion fiscal 2016 budget that ensures no school district will lose K-12 aid from FY 2015 levels.
"We are making record investments in aid to our schools, and this year again I propose to do that for a fifth straight year, with an increase over last year to bring total school aid to over $12.7 billion." (2/25)
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)
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NJASA’s Vision 2020 plan to keep New Jersey public school systems on top includes ensuring that our children have the best public education system, and developing and supporting chief education officers - our school leaders – who have the responsibility to effectively educate them
NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza writes, "Educators understand that there is an ongoing need for information and conversation with community residents about PARCC. We believe that parents and educators need to know how our students fare in achieving higher standards." (2/10)
Shared Services, Consolidation and Administrative Costs - Separating Fact from Fiction!
The winner will be announced at the NJASA/NJAPSA Annual Spring Conference. (2/10)
As part of the requirement for the endorsement of School Administrator, candidates must complete a State approved residency program. The residency program is “administered by a State approved mentor, an experienced administrator who has completed a State approved orientation, and who shall supervise and verify completion of all required experiences and training by the candidate.” (N.J.A.C. 6A:9-12.4) (2/10)
On Feb. 17th, March 10th and April 13th, the FBI and NJSP will present three regional seminars regarding current threat. (2/10)
NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza is available to comment on education-related issues. (2/3)
All districts received secure access to their 2013-14 teacher and principal/AP/VP Median Student Growth Percentile (mSGP) data on January 8, 2015. (1/16)
Chief Education Officer of the Somerville Public Schools, Dr. Timothy Purnell is named the 2015 Superintendent of the Year.
Join NJASA and NJSBA for an insightful morning - March 12th at NJASA, Trenton, NJ or March 23rd at Ramapo College - to discuss several topics such as: identifying district goals; selecting, evaluating and reporting merit goals; and understanding the leadership skills element of the evaluation.
January 15, 2015 (1/23)
“NJASA is apprehensive that the in-depth studies required to examine school consolidation have not occurred. There’s an assumption that if schools get together there will be savings and that’s not necessarily the case.”
More than a dozen New Jersey unions today announced plans to sue Gov. Chris Christie to force him to more than double next year's payment into the public worker pension system.
...appears to be evolving as he positions himself for a potential presidential run.
Sharpen those pencils: NJ Spotlight continues its PARCC testing with several samples from the math test for third-graders
Abundance of local governments and school districts, state mandates, and relatively little state funding are among biggest factors
That’s one of the suggestions of Christie’s expert commission, but the big question is what happens to property taxes
...what might seem to be contradictions and political liabilities may become an opportunity for Christie to prove that he can use his rhetoric and the force of his persona to turn a negative into a positive.
Former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio was in attendance, and took umbrage at that allegation, retorting that "I was the last governor to fully fund the pension system," and calling Christie's plan "an interesting way of offloading the responsibilities of the state onto somebody else."
Gov. Chris Christie offered a plan to address pension shortfalls that mirrored his plan from 2011, demonstrating how the problem has become an albatross for him.
Gov. Chris Christie's high-powered pension commission has proposed a sweeping plan that would save the state billions in retirement and health care costs while reducing benefits for hundreds of thousands of public workers.