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Elisabeth Ginsburg, Executive Director
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Trenton, New Jersey 08608

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GSCS Critical Issues: 2018-2019

2018-2019 Critical Issues List


  • Funding:  Continue the  move towards full funding of the SFRA formula


  • Special Education: Evaluate and respond to legislative proposal by which the state will assume control of and full funding for Special Education
    • Eliminate census-based student count from SFRA formula in favor of using districts’ actual SE student  numbers
    • Increase Extraordinary Aid percentages


  • Teacher/Administrator Evaluation:  Re-examine  teacher and administrator evaluation measures mandated by current NJ State teacher and administrator evaluation requirements, especially the use of  Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) and Student Growth Objectives. 


  • CTE: Advocate for comprehensive high schools’ CTE programs, which are an important component of the state’s vocational-technical education offerings


  • Partnerships: Advocate for the creative use of partnerships to move K-12 education forward, provide advantages to students and make efficient use of resources.  These partnerships can be shared services, community school type- initiatives that bring community resources to the school; CTE partnerships; dual enrollment programs, etc. 


  • School Security: Continue to advocate for the inclusion of mental health services as an integral part of school security programs.  Funding for mental health services should be allowable under any school security grant or cap waiver program.


  • 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
  • Relieve pressure on public school districts by allowing them to deposit unused charter school tuition funds in dedicated surplus accounts that may be used to meet district expenses the following year


  • 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.

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