Highlights from the NJ DOE's Education Transformation Task Force Report

Yesterday the Christie Administration released the long-awaited the Education Transformation Task Force report. As NJ Spotlight reports, the 239-page report “was a gargantuan effort, with teams of educators and lawyers poring over more than 3,000 pages of the state’s voluminous laws and administrative code over the past six months.”  (Also see overview from Courier Post.) Or, as the Task Force puts it,
Through the superintendents’ survey and countless conversations with educators across New Jersey, the Department learned that the State over the course of many years saddled educators with rules on every subject imaginable. The result is an accretion of provisions in statutes and regulations that ties the hands of schools and districts and stymies innovation. This not only frustrates good people trying to help students learn, it also increases costs and, on occasion, even erects obstacles to student achievement.
Predictably, there’s something to offend everyone, from NJEA to NJ School Boards Association, to special education advocates, to home rule fanatics. Here’s some highlights:

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