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November 5, 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: November 3, 2016


President's Report
Juvenile Justice Commission/Department of Education (JJC/DOE) Collaborative
The goal is to formalize and sustain a joint partnership and cross-system c ollaboration between the education and juvenile  justice systems at the state level.

Citizens Campaign
The Civic Challenge is a two-year statewide campaign where every citizen can weigh-in, take the Pledge and join their fellow citizens in the Civic Challenge that moves our communities and our country onto the powerful path of practical problem-solving, getting us out of the rut of rigid ideology and the blame game politics.
 
Commissioner's Reports
State Operated Newark School District Annual Report 
Chris Cerf, State District Superintendent of the State-Operated School District of the City of Newark, shared an agenda that asked: Are Newark students making progress? What is driving these results? and What are the potential risks we face?

PARCC Comprehensive Update
NJDOE Deputy Commissioner Peter Shulman and Acting Chief Academic Officer Laura Morana provided an in-depth overview of the Spring 2016 PARCC Results. 

State Board Actions
State Board of Examiners Resolution                            
The State Board approved a resolution regarding t
he appointments of Dr. Richard Stepura, Acting Executive County Superintendent - Atlantic and Cape May Counties, Term expiring on September 14, 2017 and Ms. Kristen Ludman, Teacher, Pemberton School District, Term expiring on September 14, 2018 to the State Board of Examiners in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:6-34 and 35.

Headed to NJ Register 
Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency and Budgeting Procedures 
The State Board approved technical changes to readopt N.J.A.C. 6A:23A, Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency and Budgeting Procedures, Subchapters 16 through 22 with amendments. N.J.A.C. 6A:23A expires on November 25, 2016.  Subchapters 16 through 22 provide for fiscal accountability, financial accounting and recordkeeping, calculation of tuition for public schools and private schools for students with disabilities (PSSDs), residency determination, and the financial operations of charter schools. 
Current Subchapters 16 through 22 previously were located in N.J.A.C. 6A:23, Finance and Business Services, until November 18, 2009, when the State Board voted to recodify the chapter as N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-16 through 22. Shortly before the recodification, the Commissioner adopted the first two phases of its fiscal accountability regulations as N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-1 through 15. The combination of all 22 subchapters compiled under one chapter all regulations concerning the fiscal operations of school districts, charter schools, and PSSDs.
             
Interdistrict School Choice               
The State Board approved the sunset readoption without amendments to the regulations pertaining to school choice proposed at N.J.A.C. 6A:12The choice program was originally established by the State Board of Education in October 1999 as a five-year pilot. The rules were amended in December 2000 to conform to N.J.S.A.18A:36B-1 et seq., the Interdistrict Public School Program Act of 1999, which became effective January 18, 2000, and expired on June 30, 2005. The program continued under the rules that were amended again in December 2004. The chapter was readopted without amendments in 2009 with a sunset date of December 21, 2016. The Interdistrict Public School Choice Act was amended in 2010 to expand the program to additional school districts; N.J.A.C. 6A:12 accordingly was amended in 2012. The chapter expires on December 21, 2016.  The choice program has been in operation for six years in its expanded form and has experienced tremendous growth in the number of participating school districts and student enrollments. 
 
Student Residency
The State Board approved N.J.A.C. 6A:22, Student Residency, with amendments. 
In accordance with the New Jersey State Constitution, Article VIII, Section IV, Paragraph 1, the Legislature established a system of free public schools for all children in the State. Through N.J.S.A. 18A:38-1, the Legislature provided for students to attend school in a particular school district based upon domicile, residency, or "affidavit student" status (living with and supported by a person other than the parent or guardian for reasons not related to attending school). From their inception, the implementing rules for N.J.S.A. 18A:38-1 have sought to maintain the balance intended by the statute, which is to deter attempts to attend school in a particular school district where there is no lawful entitlement to do so, while recognizing as paramount a student's right to free public education.  Chapter 22 was recodified from N.J.A.C. 6A:28-2, Entitlement to Attend School Based on Domicile or Residency in District, effective October 4, 2004. The chapter was readopted as R.2010 d.025, effective December 22, 2009.
In January 2016, P.L. 2016, c. 269 was enacted to permit certain children of military members to remain in their school district of residence when their parent or guardian is ordered into active duty ( N.J.S.A. 18A:38-3.1). Since the chapter currently covers the new law's provisions, the Department proposes only to add a reference to the new law wherever applicable existing law is referenced.

Tabled to December 7, 2016 State Board Meeting 
Charter Schools                      
The State Board will discuss the 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.

First Discussion 
Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency & Budgeting Procedures                
NJDOE proposes to amend Subchapter 18 of N.J.A.C. 6A:23A, Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency and Budgeting Procedures.  The rules in this subchapter provide the methodology for calculation of tuition charged by approved private schools for students with disabilities (APSSD). The rules also establish non-allowable costs, audit and budgeting requirements, new school application information, and additional fiscal requirements.  The amendments proposed for Subchapter 18 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.  Moreover, many of the proposed amendments will assist in ensuring appropriate accounting and use of funds, as well as streamlining the APSSD's interactions with NJDOE. The Department anticipates the proposed amendments will result in cost containment, thereby reducing the financial burden placed upon sending school districts. Amendments to this subchapter will be in effect immediately upon adoption as detailed in the rules.
            

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


Sincerely,

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Anne H. Gallagher 
NJASA Director of Communications