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
By Debra Bradley and Jennie Lamon, NJPSA Government Relations team It was another busy week in Trenton as the Legislature nears passage of the FY22 budget and prepares for summer recess. A [...]
Both houses of the NJ state Legislature met for voting sessions this week. Among the bevy of legislation that advanced were a number of education related issues. The following is a list of what [...]
Following the tragic passing of two NJPSA members due to COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic, NJPSA’s Government Relations Department sought legislation to assist surviving families following their tragic loss. Senator Linda [...]
In February, our organizations issued a statement with recommendations on and goals for how we believe New Jersey’s public schools can emerge from the COVID-19 global pandemic and ensure the immediate and long-term success [...]
A bill that would permit school districts to administer student health surveys after prior written notification to parents and legal guardians, and effectively changing active parental consent to passive consent, was introduced into [...]
After a month-long budget break, the State Legislature resumed its committee work this week along with its continued budget deliberations. The education community saw lots of action! Budget Hearing On Monday, Commission of Education [...]
On Wednesday, April 21st, a delegation of New Jersey principals visited our congressional delegation – virtually – to advocate for New Jersey students, educators and schools! NJPSA members who joined this all-star team included [...]
The NJ Child Nutrition Fund, administered by Reinvestment Fund and supported by Robert Wood Johnson, has a new round of funding to support summer and afterschool meal service in select New Jersey communities. Equipment [...]
The Assembly Education Committee met virtually on Wednesday, March 17th, and moved a number of significant pieces of legislation. NJPSA was there to provide testimony and make recommendations. A somewhat controversial bill concerning [...]
Dear NJPSA Members: Earlier today, the NJ Department of Education released a broadcast memo to the New Jersey education community providing guidance related to the issue of state standardized assessments which could occur [...]