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.
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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
This week, Governor Phil Murphy signed S-2902 (P.L.2023, c.161) into law. Chapter 161 goes into effect immediately for the current school year. The legislation modifies existing legal requirements established back in 2007 for ticket prices at [...]
NJPSA Executive Director Karen Bingert Updates State Board of Education: School Staffing and Member Concerns Survey Results Are the Focus
The State Board of Education met on Wednesday, September 6, in Trenton for their monthly meeting. At their meeting, the State Board received a presentation of the Lighthouse Local Educational Agencies, and discussed proposed [...]
State Board of Education Approves the Readoption with Amendments of N.J.A.C. 6A:7 “Managing for Equality and Equity in Education”
-Jennie Lamon, NJPSA Assistant Director of Government Relations On August 2nd, during their regular monthly meeting, the State Board of Education narrowly approved the readoption with amendments of N.J.A.C. 6A:7, “Managing for Equality [...]
Updated USDE/OSEP Guidance Interpreting the General Supervision Requirements of States Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has received multiple requests from a diverse group of stakeholders for updated and consolidated guidance interpreting the general supervision requirements of [...]
NJPSA is saddened to learn of the loss of Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who died earlier today following a brief stay in the hospital. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver was a true pioneer, an honorable leader, [...]
Today in Trenton, Governor Phil Murphy signed the following three education-related bills into law: S-528/A-2815 (Ruiz, Pou/Murphy, Wimberly, McKnight) – Requires certain additional school district personnel to complete training program on suicide prevention [...]
Updates from Trenton: State Board of Education Adopts Chapter 15, Bilingual Education, with Amendments at Monthly Meeting, Agrees with NJPSA’s Recommendations
-Jennie Lamon, NJPSA Assistant Director of Government Relations The New Jersey State Board of Education held its monthly public business meeting on July 12, 2023. During this meeting, the State Board introduced the [...]
Jennie Lamon, NJPSA Assistant Director of Government Relations Marking the end of Fiscal Year 2023, the Legislature was in session this week to consider hundreds of measures, including the Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations [...]
NJPSA Executive Director Karen Bingert Joins Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill in Announcement of the “Expanding Access to High-Impact Tutoring Act of 2023”
On June 27th, NJPSA Executive Director Karen Bingert joined New Jersey Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (D-11) as she unveiled her new legislation that would provide paid tutors in public schools nationwide. Under the bill, [...]
by Debra Bradley As the clock ticks toward the June 30th deadline for adoption of the State Budget, the Legislature has also considered legislation impacting our public schools. An important bill is being considered [...]