NJPSA is your representative before the U.S. Congress, State Legislature, Governor’s Office, State Board of education and other federal and state agencies on all issues affecting the quality of public education in the state. NJPSA’s Government Relations (GR) staff analyzes, monitors, and participates in the legislative and regulatory process advocating on your behalf on proposed legislation, code provisions, and policies affecting public schools and school leaders. The GR staff develops association positions and advocacy priorities through direct interaction with NJPSA members through NJPSA committees, member surveys, and meetings. By developing trusting relationships with the decision makers at all levels of government, the GR staff has access to those who ultimately write, pass, and uphold legislation that affect YOU, your staff, and your school. NJPSA’s GR team communicates these views formally through official testimony during legislative committee hearings and Board meetings, as well as informally through conversations with State and federal lawmakers. Through NJPSA’s Political Action Committee (NJPSA-PAC), which is funded through member contributions, your Government Relations team is able to maintain a strong and consistent presence with our State Legislature, providing political contributions to help support elected officials who support educational leaders, students, and schools. The NJPSA does not endorse candidates.
NJPSA Action and Updates
After several snow cancellations, the State Board of Education met on April 11th. State Board President Arcelio Aponte and Acting Commissioner Lamont Repollet recognized the contribution of long-time State Board of Education member [...]
Education Committees Host School Security Discussion, NJPSA Raises Need to Focus on the Mental Health Needs of New Jersey Students Additional Hearings on April 9th
On April 5, the Senate and Assembly Education Committees hosted a joint hearing on the critical topic of school security. NJPSA Executive Director Pat Wright, joined by NJPSA President Ralph Aiello and [...]
On the eve of Governor Phil Murphy’s much-anticipated first Budget Address, the Senate and Assembly considered a host of new legislation as thirteen separate committees held hearings. The Assembly Education Committee advanced [...]
On March 13, Governor Phil Murphy delivered his first Budget Address to a Joint Session of the State Legislature setting a new direction and focus for a “stronger and fairer” New Jersey. The [...]
On Tuesday, March 6, Governor Phil Murphy joined over 250 principals, teachers, board members and superintendents who have been engaged in the New Jersey Labor Management Collaborative Project. NJPSA, along with the NJEA, [...]
State Senate Approves Education Legislation This Week Take Note: Big Changes Anticipated for Spring Hiring Procedures!
School Hiring Procedures Legislation – On the Governor’s Desk On Monday, February 26, the New Jersey Senate gave its final, unanimous approval to S-414 (Pennacchio/Ruiz, Webber/Downey) the so-called “Pass the Trash” legislation. The [...]
The Senate Education Committee favorably released a series of bills today addressing school breakfast and lunch programs, expanding requirements on districts to address chronic absenteeism, promoting apprenticeship training in high school and recognizing [...]
Assembly Ed Committee Hears From NJPSA On Hiring & Reporting Practices & Approves Legislation Mandating Employer Review of Prospective Employees For Sexual Misconduct & Child Abuse Allegations
The Assembly Education Committee heard from Government Relations Director Debra Bradley and Director of Legal Education David Nash on district practices for reporting misconduct committed by students and school personnel, compliance with federal reporting [...]
The State Board of Education approved several appointments to the Department’s executive team and announced the formation of several standing committees at a delayed February meeting. Delayed a week in light of inclement weather, [...]
The first meeting of the newly chaired and reorganized Assembly Education Committee included a number of bills that were pocket vetoed at the tail end of last legislative session, including legislation related to a [...]