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)
April 16, 2015 (4/23)
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.
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)
NJDOE has received a number of inquiries regarding the ability of parents and students to choose to not participate in the statewide assessment program, including the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. In an effort to clarify school district responsibility in this regard, the Department is providing the following guidance.
New statewide assessments to measure student achievement in high school Math and English graduation requirements, for the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018, have been announced by the New Jersey Department of Education. Dr. Richard Bozza, Executive Director of NJASA explains what to expect for students earning a New Jersey high school diploma.
This decision is reflective of the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) ongoing efforts of nearly seven years of planning and field testing to provide New Jersey students with demonstrated proficiencies for career or college ready paths and the ability to receive a state-endorsed high school diploma.
The Association understands that clear, consistent and targeted standards benefit students throughout New Jersey.
...the state is taking PARCC participation rates "very seriously," even for schools that do not receive federal funding.
Language changes tucked into appropriations act drastically hike what some districts will have to pay toward charter school costs
Christie admonished the crowd of 200 at the Essex County College Public Safety Academy to remember that "the penalties that occur for opting out of testing aren't just state penalties — they're federal penalties. ... Federal money is connected to that testing."
ew Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe spent two hours before the Assembly Budget Committee Wednesday for its annual hearing on education funding.
Governor Christie acknowledged Thursday that the state teacher’s union is no longer working with his administration to address the pension situation and he railed on Democratic leaders who are taking legal action to force him to make larger contributions.
But most districts would see no aid hike as state once again fails to ‘fully fund’ school-spending formula
In a dramatic conclusion to what has been described as the largest cheating scandal in the nation’s history, a jury here on Wednesday convicted 11 educators for their roles in a standardized test cheating scandal that tarnished a major school district’s reputation and raised broader questions about the role of high-stakes testing in American schools.
The two proposals that could significantly alter the New Jersey high school sports landscape passed the first hurdle Wednesday...
Meanwhile, governor continues to push budget plan at ‘town hall’ meetings, the latest in Whippany
Enough: This hysteria about the PARCC exam needs to stop.
Promises to weigh impact of ‘opt-outs’ on assessment of teachers and schools, but asserts that new testing will prove its worth