On Thursday, May 17, the NJSBA and NJPTA will host the annual Legislative Day at the War Memorial’s Patriots Theater in Trenton. The program runs from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.), and is an opportunity for board of education members and parents to share information, and address legislators about the challenges facing public schools in New Jersey.

A panel discussion with legislators kicks off the event, moderated by Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director. Following the panel of legislators, there will be a second panel discussion on advocacy and communicating with legislators, featuring lobbyists from various education associations. Participating in the second panel will be: Mike Vrancik, director of governmental relations for New Jersey School Boards Association; Melanie M. Schulz, director of government relations for New Jersey Association of School Administrators; Debra J. Bradley, Esq., director of government relations for New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association; Ginger Gold Schnitzer, director of government relations for New Jersey Education Association; and Betsy Ginsburg, executive director for the Garden State Coalition of Schools.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following each discussion.

The NJSBA/NJPTA Legislative Day is open to school board members, administrators and PTA members. The event is free and registration is available online. Free parking is available at 1 Lafayette Blvd., Trenton, in the parking garage adjacent to the War Memorial building.

For more information, contact Sharon Seyler, legislative advocate, NJSBA.