New Jersey Education News

With end of semester activities and graduations, many of us have not kept up with the latest developments in the education sector in New Jersey. Herewith are some noteworthy events: Governor Christie has nominated Rochelle Hendricks as the state’s first Secretary of Higher Education, a cabinet-level position (Bergen Record, new jerseynewsroom); Governor Christie issued Executive Order No.64 mandating an examination of the “…appropriate level and content of financial disclosure applicable to the trustees of the State’s College and University boards”; he also appointed the members of the Education Transformation Task Force who are to examine the “red tape” in this sector and have recommendations ready by September;  the New Jersey School Boards Association overwhelmingly approved a resolution supporting the requirement of voter approval for any new charter school; bill A3852 and its identical counterpart, S2243 would legislate voter approval for any new charter school;  NJ Spotlight hosted a “Charter Conversation” which included acting education Commissioner Christopher Cerf; the New Jersey Comptroller has initiated a review into the compensation packages for all 19 community college presidents of whom two have resigned so far(nj.com, Bergen Record); and with increased tax revenues predicted for this year, education funding comes to the fore once again, especially in the Abbott districts (Wall Street Journal).

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