WOW! What an Entrance 2018 is Making!
From the sub-zero temps to the blustery winds, the ripple effects of the harsh weather have closed schools, cancelled all extracurricular activities and programs, and rescheduled numerous meetings.
I am encouraged by everyone’s efforts, during this inclement weather period, in going the extra mile to offer a hand to your neighbors and colleagues. I can assure you your efforts are appreciated.
Happy New Year!
I began thinking about 2018 over the last several weeks and the word that keeps surfacing in my thoughts is "challenging." Well, based on our weather I have that description correct.
As I refocus my thoughts from the weather to education in New Jersey, "challenging" is still the word of 2018.
You may recall in my previous message, I encouraged you to advocate for your students and directed your attention to:
- Potential Modifications to High School Graduation Requirements and Educator Accountability
- NJDOE Proposed Changes for Services for Nonpublic School Students
Thanks to your actions we have had some movement with item 2. I recommend you read President Kuchar’s current message for the details.
New Jersey education politics has begun a transition from the current policies of the Christie administration to the evolving policies of Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s 56th Governor.
Consequently, item 1 Potential Modifications to High School Graduation Requirements and Educator Accountability remains a pressing challenge for 2018.
The stability of New Jersey’s finances also will play a critical test for 2018. With all the competing demands on the state budget, the unknown from the newly passed federal tax code, the topic of marijuana legalization in New Jersey, and changing policies and guidelines from the federal government, New Jersey is facing an action-packed financial year.
On behalf of NJASA, I participated in Governor Murphy’s Education Transition Team and know how important the perspective of practicing administrators was at the policy table where decisions affecting teaching and learning in the state’s public schools were discussed.
If I had a crystal ball and could predict the future, I would say 2018 will be "challenging."