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Elisabeth Ginsburg, Executive Director
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Trenton, New Jersey 08608

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GSCS Critical Issues: 2017-2018

2017-2018 Critical Issues List


  • Funding:  Continue the  move towards full funding of the SFRA formula
    • Plan and strike agreement on ’18-’19 school funding in advance  of the FY ‘19Budget Speech  in February to allow districts to plan properly


  • Special Education
    • Eliminate census-based student count from SFRA formula in favor of using districts’ actual SE student  numbers
    • Increase Extraordinary Aid percentages


  • Teacher Training: Resolve problems with the videotaping component of edTPA (privacy issues and concerns re involvement of third party/outside providers in the teacher certification process)


  • Teacher Evaluation: Reduce 30% SGP percentage in overall teacher performance ratings to 10% (regardless of what test is given to students)


  • Charter Schools: Revise/update charter school law to reflect changes in the educational environment. 
    •  Charter schools should meet the public interest and not harm students who don't attend the charter school


  • Unfunded Mandates:  Continue to question unfunded mandates as legislation is introduced/discussed  in committee


  • Graduation Requirement: End the use of PARCC (or any single assessment) as the only assessment required for graduation. 
    • Return to the system of allowing students to meet the graduation requirement by achieving certain minimum scores on any of several different alternative assessments (SAT, ACT, Accuplacer) or, in some cases, submitting portfolios as part of an appeals process.

Garden State Coalition of Schools
160 W. State Street, Trenton New Jersey 08608