March 16, 2018
GSCS News and Notes
Focus on Member Districts
- Congratulations to Dr. David Aderhold, Superintendent in West Windsor/Plainsboro and GSCS Treasurer on being named Administrator of the Year by the NJ Association for Gifted Children for 2018. Dr. Aderhold will be honored at the NJAGC Awards Ceremony in the Princeton area on Thursday, March 22. For more on the 2018 NJAGC Award Winners, go to https://www.njagc.org/award-winners-2018.html
(All GSCS member districts accomplish great things every day, but if you would like to be featured in the "Focus on Member Districts", e-mail Betsy Ginsburg at firstname.lastname@example.org)
State Aid: On Thursday, March 15, the Department of Education released the State Aid figures for the 1018-2019 school year. To see figures for all NJ districts, go to http://www.state.nj.us/education/stateaid/1819/district.pdf
Charter Schools:On March 12, the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University released New Jersey Charter Schools: a Data-Driven View, 2018 Update-Part I,authored by Julia Sass Rubin, Bloustein School associate professor of public policy and Mark Weber, Ph.D. candidate at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. To access the full study, please see https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/56004/PDF/1/play/
Advocacy/Legislation of Interest:
- Two bills, related to expansion of county vocational-technical schools have been introduced in the Legislature. They are summarized below:
S1827/A 482 (Ruiz)-- Authorizes EDA to issue additional $50,000,000 in bonds to provide grants for certain county vocational school district facilities projects and increases debt service district aid percentage for such projects. (Introduced and referred to the Senate Education Committee) For the full text, see http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S2000/1827_I1.PDF
S2293 (Sweeney/Ruiz/Oroho/Gordon) "Career and Technical Education Bond Act," authorizes the issuance of $500,000,000 in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to county vocational school districts and county colleges to construct and equip education facilities in order to expand existing or offer new career and technical education programs. (Introduced and passed out of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee) For the full text, see (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S2500/2293_S1.PDF
- A3451 (DeAngelo) stipulates that "any annual increase in expenditures on school security costs in excess of two percent incurred by a school district will be excluded from the limit [tax levy cap]." (Introduced and referred to the Assembly Education Committee) For the full text, see http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/A3500/3451_I1.PDF Some educators have suggested that the bill be amended to include mental health-related increases above two percent, as mental health services are integral to school security.
Advocacy Feedback: GSCS thrives on member feedback. Please send your thoughts on the bills referenced above, or other pending legislation of concern, to ED Betsy Ginsburg at email@example.com. If you wish to testify on specific legislation, let us know. We are happy to help facilitate that testimony.
State Board of Education Meeting: The State Board of Education will hold a make-up meeting (to compensate for recent snow-related cancellations) on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 beginning at 1 pm. at the State Department of Education Building, 1 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ.
Upcoming: Don't miss the next GSCS board meeting, Wednesday, March, 28, 2018 at 3 pm at the East Brunswick Board of Education. Our guest speaker will be Cynthia Rice, Senior Policy Analyst, Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
ED Betsy Ginsburg will also summarize recent developments in Trenton, including the aftermath of the Governor's Budget Speech and the State Education Aid allocations.
- Annual Meeting: Save the Date! The GSCS Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 8:30-12 pm at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe. The topic for this year's discussion is "Education in New Jersey: There Must Be an Easier Way". More information will be forthcoming soon. We hope you will join us.
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