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January 7, 2017 

This special announcement will provide you with up-to-date information on pertinent educational issues that are part of the State Board's agenda.

Eyes on the NJ State Board of Education  
Meeting Date: January 4, 2017

President's Report
Resolution in Honor of New Jersey School Board Recognition Month
The New Jersey State Board of Education recognized the contributions of our State's local boards of education to the academic success of its public school students.

NJ State Board of Education Member Resigns
J. Peter Simon, Green Village, Morris County, appointed in 2011 has resigned.

Commissioner's Report
State Operated Paterson Public Schools Annual Report
Dr. Donnie W. Evans, State District Superintendent of the State-Operated Paterson Public School District, shared an agenda entitled," Brighter Futures: Transforming Paterson Public Schools - July 2015-June 2016."

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Update
NJDOE staff anticipates identifying specific areas and plans to provide the State Board with refresher materials at its next meeting. The spring state plan submission date was moved from March 6 to April 3, 2017.
State Board Adopts Educator Effectiveness Amendments
The enhancements will address some common challenges, provide increased flexibility to engage in high impact best-practices, and promote innovation. AchieveNJ, developed collaboratively, is currently in its fourth year.

NJDOE Deputy Commissioner Peter Shulman, Chief Talent Officer Kristen Brown and Director, Office of Evaluation Carl Blanchard presented a PowerPoint titled,  AchieveNJ in 2016 and Beyond  

It is anticapted the adopted regulations will be published in next month's NJ Register as well as, the effective date of the regulations.

State Board Second Discussion 
Amendments to the regulations pertaining to Charter Schools, proposed at N.J.A.C. 6A:11, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:36A-18

During the last several months, NJDOE has worked with charter leaders in New Jersey and national charter experts to develop recommendations to offer school operators increased autonomy and opportunities for innovation in exchange for accountability for student outcomes.

NJDOE proposes to add, amend, repeal, and recodify rules in four chapters in Title 6A of the New Jersey Administrative Code to achieve the following:
* Permit a weighted lottery for charter school enrollment;
* Establish an expedited renewal process for high-performing charters;
* Permit single-purpose charter schools;
* Ease the way for charter schools to secure facilities and capital funding;
* Establish a pilot program for charter-specific teacher, principal, and school business administrator certifications;
* Streamline procedures around budgetary controls and fund monitoring; and
* Enact other regulatory changes.

Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency & Budgeting Procedures 
NJDOE Chief Financial Officer Kevin Dehmer explained the universe of approved private schools for students with disabilities (APSSDs)   
The proposed amendments pertain to Tuition for Approved Private Schools for Students with Disabilities proposed at N.J.A.C.  6A:23A-18, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:36A-12 and N.J.S.A. 18A:4-15.

The proposed changes are intended to set the rules for annual tuition rates for APSSDs by containing administrative costs, salary increases, costs associated with the use/lease or purchase of vehicles, travel, and the provision of meals to students. Amendments to this subchapter will be in effect immediately upon adoption as detailed in the rules.

State Board Discussion Resolution
Resolution to Establish a New Passing Score for the Written Proficiency Test (WPT) for Bilingual Teachers
The State Board of Education approves the recommendation that candidates for Teacher of Bilingual and Bicultural Education meet either qualifying scores on the WPT of "Advanced Low" for the English language and of "Intermediate High" for the target language, or that candidates meet qualifying scores on the WPT of "Intermediate High" for the English language and of "Advanced Low" for the target language. The  State Board of Education supports NJDOE's proposal to set the WPT for the target language for Teacher of Bilingual and Bicultural Education at "Intermediate High."

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at agallagher@njasa.net or 609-599-2900, ext. 126. 


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Anne H. Gallagher 
NJASA Director of Communications