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Happy Birthday GSCS!
In 1992, a group of superintendents came together to discuss the impact of school funding changes. Those discussions led to the founding of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting high quality public education for every student...'
GSCS Statement on Black Lives Matter
In the wake of the recent murder of George Floyd and the many historical and present-day acts of violence against Black men and women, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of Black Lives Matter and all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those tragedies...'
GSCS Comment on The Road Back
The Garden State Coalition of Schools offers our thanks to the NJDOE staff members who worked tirelessly to provide support and considerations for school districts. The Garden State Coalition of Schools stands ready to support the NJDOE in the times ahead as continued contemplation regarding the ongoing health crisis looms...'
7-10-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--New COVID-19 Concern for NJ Schools: Will Teachers Return to Classrooms?...' NPR--Veteran Educator On The Endless But 'Joyful' Work Of Creating Anti-Racist Education...'

Education Week--Getting Kids to School: Tackling the COVID-19 Transportation Problem...'

Education Week--Principals Have Major Doubts About Keeping Students and Staff Safe When Schools Reopen...'

Chalkbeat--America’s mask debate shifts to schools as officials decide who should mask and how...'

Chalkbeat--Department of Education-funded report points to safety benefits of partial school reopening, in conflict with Trump, DeVos push...'

Edutopia--How White Teachers Can Support BIPOC Colleagues...'

7-9-20 Education in the News
The Atlantic--A First Draft of a History-Textbook Entry for the Year 2020 A historian imagines the chapter high schoolers might read one day about this momentous time...'

NPR--When It Comes To Reopening Schools, 'The Devil's In The Details,' Educators Say...'

Education Week--Will Kindergartens Be Empty This Fall?...'

Education Week--White House to States: Reopen School Buildings or Risk Additional Relief Funds...'

Education Dive--Pitting mental health against safety, national leaders point to SEL in school reopening debate...'

Edutopia--On Standardized Tests, Students Face an ‘Online Penalty’...'

7-8-20 Education in the News
It’s Hard for Public to Know How Much Taxpayers Will Save from Deals Between NJ and Unions...' Associated Press (via Star Ledger)--Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall...'

NY Times--Trump Leans on Schools to Reopen as Virus Continues Its Spread...'

The Atlantic--A Better Fall Is Possible...'

NPR--States Sue Education Department Over Allocation Of Pandemic Funds To Schools...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--House Bill Would Boost K-12 Aid by Over $500 Million, but Cut Charter School Fund...'

Education Dive--Survey: Students relatively positive on distance learning, but obstacles remain...'

7-7-20 Education in the News
South Jersey Times--Three-way romance with NJEA brings progress, potholes    Editorial...'
The Atlantic--A Better Fall Is Possible States with low rates of the virus are in a position to re-open their schools this September—but they should do so very carefully, and with a focus on younger kids...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--CDC Does Not Recommend Schools Test All Students, Staff for Coronavirus...'

Education Dive--History texts under scrutiny amid growing bias awareness...'

Hechinger Report--COLUMN: With few answers about returning to school or campus, let’s support children instead of hiding them...'

7-2-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Murphy Signs Teacher Health-Plan Reform, Union Praises Deal Does Sweeney’s backing indicate new détente between Senate president and NJEA, after years of sparring and scuffling?...'

Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--It’s official: State Returns Newark Schools to Local Control, Following Two-Year Transition...'

Star Ledger--N.J. education chief steps down, interim named...'

The Record--NJ appoints interim chief to lead schools as coronavirus, remote learning challenges loom...'

NY Times--Private and Religious School Backers See Broad Victory in Supreme Court Decision...'

Education Week--Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Teachers: Why It Matters, Ways to Do It...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week)--Democrats Push Big Education and Child Care Virus Relief Packages...'

Education Dive--Will climbing coronavirus cases derail school reopenings?...'

7-1-20 Education in the News
ABC News--Teachers are reinventing how Black history, anti-racism are taught in schools as system falls short...' NJ Spotlight--After Passing a Stopgap Budget, Gov. Phil Murphy and Lawmakers Must Find Billions by October...'

NY Times--Supreme Court Gives Religious Schools More Access to State Aid Religious schools should have the same access to scholarships and funds as other private schools, the justices ruled, in a victory for conservatives...'

Education Week--The All-Remote Schedule: No Risk to Health, High Risk to Learning...'

Politics K-12 (via Education Week) CDC Will Provide Virus-Testing Guidance for Schools as Pressure to Reopen Grows...'

Chalkbeat--America’s great remote-learning experiment: What surveys of teachers and parents tell us about how it went...'

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NJSBA FALL WORKSHOP 2012, Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm @ Room: 404

Special Session 2:30pm: Inside Look: Insights from NJ’s Governmental Relations Directors

…The governmental relations directors from around New Jersey work directly with legislators on education issues that impact local schools. Join us for an informative conversation and an inside look into the perspective of the governmental relations directors. The discussion will be moderated by John Mooney, founding editor and education writer at NJ Spotlight.

Debra Bradley, Esq., Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association

John Donnadio, Executive Director, New Jersey Association of Counties

Judy Savage, Executive Director, NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools

Ginger C. Gold Schnitzer, Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey Education Association

Lynne Strickland, Executive Director, Garden State Coalition of Schools

Michael A. Vrancik, Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey School Boards Association