NJSBA reminds all boards of education that the TEACH NJ Act prohibits any contract entered into by a school district after July 1, 2013 from conflicting with the education evaluation system established pursuant to TEACH NJ. As the TEACH NJ regulations proposed by the State Board of Education are scheduled for adoption in the fall, boards of education, as they enter into local collective bargaining agreements formed after July 1, 2013, should give strong consideration to the proposed TEACH NJ regulations as well.

The NJSBA Labor Relations section has been recommending to boards of education that the best contract language would simply reference the law. For example, “The teachers’ evaluations will be consistent with the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey Act (TEACH NJ). N.J.S.A. 18A:6-117 et al.”

For further information, contact the NJSBA Legal, Policy and Labor Relations Services Department at (888) 886-5722, Ext. 5219.