The New Jersey Department of Education is offering the opportunity for the public to provide input on the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as New Jersey develops it's ESSA state implementation plan. Throughout September the New Jersey Department of Education is holding several ‘Public Listening Sessions’ on implementation of the federal ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ (ESSA). School psychologists can provide input regarding the role of school psychologists in ESSA implementation. either by public testimony at the hearings or submitting written testimony to the NJDOE.
Two public hearings have already occurred and school psychologists were a visible presence. There are two more hearings – one this evening in East Brunswick (9/14) and one in Teaneck (9/22). Granted, it is short notice for this evening, but even if you can’t speak publicly tonight, please feel free to attend and support your school psychology colleagues who plan to testify. If you are a North Jersey School Psychologist, we could really use your presence in Teaneck!. You do need to register in order to testify in person at either of these sites.
Why is this so important?
Click here: Why is this so important.docx
Click here to register for Teaneck Teaneck Info and Registration
You do not have to live in these regions in order to testify or provide written testimony at these sites. NJASP is providing guidance for you if you are unsure how this process works or what to include in your testimony. Click here for additional information, talking points, and a template for your testimony. ESSA Talking Points.docx
If you do not feel comfortable with speaking publicly, you can provide written testimony and/or accompany your more extroverted school psychology colleagues who wish to speak.
Written testimony only: Email at ESSA@doe.state.nj.us
Click here for link to all information in one word document call to action ESSA public testimony.9.14.16.docx
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