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December 10, 2016

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: December 7, 2016

President's Report
Camden City School District 
Paymon Rouhanifard, State-Appointed Superintendent of the State-Operated School District of the City of Camden, shared an update that focused on Signs of Progress and Camden High School. 

New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development
Dr. Philip M. Brown, Founder and Past President of the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development (NJASECD) presented an overview of their efforts in New Jersey. Joining Dr. Brown was  Dr. William H. Trusheim, NJASECD President and representatives of  North Plainfield High School.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan Presentation
NJDOE staff provided an overview of the State plan requirements, updates from the federal government as well as stakeholders; and district guidance and support. The spring state plan submission date was moved from March 6 to April 3, 2017.
Commissioner's Reports
NJDOE Organization and Appointments
The State Board adopted a new organizational structure for NJDOE. Click here to view the names of the six appointments and one title change.

State Board Actions
State Special Education Advisory Council
Mary Ann Comparetto, Director, Parent Programs, New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) and Dr. Dorothy Van Horn, Immediate Past President of New Jersey ASAH and Past President of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) have been reappointed to the State Special Education Advisory Council for a two-year term, effective December 7, 2016.

ESEA Unsafe School Choice Option
The State Board adopted the resolution revising the Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO) Policy, pursuant to The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Act) of 1965 SEC. 8532, as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

State Board of Examiners                             
The State Board approved a resolution  confirming the appointment of  Eileen Johnson,
Superintendent, Ventnor Public Schools  (Type I District) as  a new member to the State Board of Examiners. 

Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency & Budgeting Procedures
Second Discussion:  
This item was tabled for Jan. 4, 2017.
The State Board was to discuss the amendments to the regulations pertaining 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.

Editor's Note:
Governor Christie Files Nominations to New Jersey State Board of Education.
On Tuesday, December 6th, Governor Chris Christie filed with the State Senate the nominations of  Public Members  to the State Board of Education. The Governor's nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate. The Governor also filed the direct appointments with the Secretary of State's Office.                    

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