Garden State Coalition of Schools/GSCS
160 West State Street
Trenton NJ 08608
(609) 394-2828(office); (732)-618 5755 (cell)
- Founded 1992
- Non-Partisan, Non-Profit Education Advocacy Organization
About Us: Garden State Coalition of Schools FAQ’s
What Does GSCS Believe/Work to Achieve?
- A permanent commitment to improving education for all students without diminishing quality
- A broad perspective reflecting the concerns of educators, school board members, communities and parents
- Emphasizes and advocates on the inter-related issues of academic achievement, educational practices and rational, equitable school finance that provides adequate resources for all districts
Who Belongs to GSCS?
- Public school districts all over the state--from Camden County to Bergen County
- Member districts encompass a range of demographic and financial profiles and represent over 300,000 public school children.
- Participants include a unique mix of board of education members and superintendents, all of whom bring a broad perspective to GSCS initiatives.
What Makes GSCS Effective?
- GSCS brings the grassroots to the Statehouse: Respected as the only statewide educational advocacy organization serving a unique combination of school administrators and Board of Education members. Our perspective is enhanced by our collaborative spirit.
- A Track Recod of Success: GSCS has established a long list of successes in our 28-year history, earning the respect of Trenton decision makers and education leaders throughout the state.
- Fast Acting: GSCS maintains an active presence in Trenton and can mobilize its statewide membership quickly, uniting GSCS members with state legislators and policymakers.
- Reliable Information: Frequently recognized by legislators for bringing accurate, reliable, nonpartisan information and an independent voice to the discussion table.
- A Media Resource: As a recognized voice for quality education, GSCS often is sought out by the media
- Wide-Ranging Focus: GSCS is a leading advocate for public support of public education for all children, not just those in one socio-economic group.
Why GSCS Membership Matters to Your District
- Ahead of the Curve: GSCS’ can provide early, behind-the-scenes information for members, and has a reputation for reliability and integrity
- Timely Messages: Members know their message is being presented to the media and decision makers when and where it matters.
- Networking, Mentoring, Advocating: GSCS members benefit from the opportunity to network with other districts' representatives at our Trustee Board meetings and statewide programs, which are open to all member districts.
- Singular Focus: GSCS greatest strength is its intelligent, articulate, collective and focused voice.
Joining GSCS is Easy!
- Contact the Executive Director: For more information, answers to questions and/or a membership form, please contact Executive Director Betsy Ginsburg by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (732)618-5755.
- Membership Form: The membership form includes your district’s contact information, including names, addresses/email addresses/phone & fax numbers. After completing the form, you will receive a dues invoice.
- Dues: The 2020-2021 annual membership dues are $2,500. Dues are based on a fiscal calendar and are payable annually on July 1. Our dues have not increased in the past five years.
- Joining After July 1: Dues are prorated on a quarterly basis for new member districts joining later in the fiscal year and should be received by GSCS within the month after the new district's board of education passes a resolution to join.
- Resolution Required: A Board of Education resolution,including the date on which your district will join GSCS, is required to join the Garden State Coalition of Schools. This resolution is needed only for the initial membership. It is not needed in subsequent years when membership is renewed. For a sample resolution, please see http://www.gscschools.org/gsc/About%20GSCS/Membership%20Resolution%20Example/
How will my district receive GSCS information?
- E-mail List: GSCS communications generally go through the offices of member districts' superintendents. Superintendent’s then disseminate GSCS information to their boards of education on a regular and timely basis. Board members can also receive GSCS mailings directly. To do so, send contact information to email@example.com.
- "News and Notes", our electronic newsletter, comes out every other week, except during times of crisis, when it is published weekly. We also send the Trustee Dispatch several days in advance of our monthl board meetings. Occasional FYI emails directly from the Executive Director keep members informed of fast-paced developments.
- Website: Our website, found at www.gscschools.org provides up-to-the minute and valuable information. Bookmark the site and visit daily for the "Buzz" round-up of education news and to stay informed and connected to GSCS.
- Social Media: Follow us on Twitter @gscschools
What about GSCS meetings?
- Monthly Board Meetings: GSCS Board of Trustees meetings are held monthly during the school year, generally on the fourth Wednesday of the month (See the meetings calendar at http://www.gscschools.org/gsc/About%20GSCS/GSCS%20Meetings%20Calendar%202015-2016.html/_top For the 2020-2021 school year, monthly meetings will be virtual via Zoom.
- Open to All Members; All GSCS member districts are welcome at the meetings and have a voice. District representatives usually include the superintendent of schools and any interested board of education liaisons and school administrators wishing to attend. All districts are requested to RSVP their attendance before the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org so that accommodations are adequate.
- Trustee Districts: Twenty-four districts are elected to the Trustee Board for rotating three-year terms, and it is their role to set policy and direction for the Coalition, generally acting upon the recommendations of the Executive Committee. This group of officers includes the president, treasurer/president-elect, officer-at-large, past president (s) and two vice presidents.
- Annual Meeting: One of the highlights of the GSCS year, the Annual Meeting is held in late May. GSCS also holds occasional statewide summits on topics of member interest and concern.
FOUNDERS’ MISSION STATEMENT (1992)
The purpose of the Garden State Coalition of Schools (GSCS) is to promote educational practices, reasonable state regulations and state laws which further high quality education for all children. GSCS’ primary focus is on the interrelated issues of academic achievement education practices and school funding.
GSCS supports efforts towards more equitable education opportunities for all school children. Wise public policy includes a permanent commitment to both quality and equity. GSCS believes that equity should be achieved by improving education overall, not by diminishing quality in any district or eliminating school programs that have led to high student achievement.