N.J.’s tax-free period for back-to-school supplies begins Aug. 27

As per Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement in late June, New Jersey’s tax-free period for back-to-school supplies starts Aug. 27.

Pens, notebooks, computers, sports equipment and bicycle helmets are among the items that can be purchased in person or online starting that day and through Sept. 5 sans the state’s sales tax.

On a related note, teachers and other educators will be able to deduct up to $300 of their out-of-pocket classroom expenses for 2022 when they file their federal income tax returns next year.…

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AFTNJ 2022 Leadership Conference recap

Under the theme Stronger Unions, Stronger Voices, AFTNJ local presidents and members of their leadership teams gathered Aug. 17 in East Brunswick for this year’s leadership conference to expand their knowledge of union-related procedures and actions.

Following introductory remarks by AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera, attendees were presented with a series of workshops led by AFT national personnel.…

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Forum to explore importance of communications, creativity in higher education curriculum

Join Chronicle of Higher Education senior writer Beckie Supiano on Aug. 17 for the virtual forum “Lessons in Creativity and Communications.”

Supiano and the panelists will discuss the ways in which higher education leaders are integrating communications and creativity into their curriculum.

The 75-minute session begins at 2 p.m. ET. For more info and to register, click here.…

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Chiera requests $100M in ARP funds for N.J. higher education

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera has asked that $100 million in American Rescue Plan funds be allocated “to shore up New Jersey’s higher education system.” She made her detailed request Aug. 2 during an ARP virtual hearing with Gov. Phil Murphy’s office.

Chiera, the hearing’s fifth speaker, opened by saying many of New Jersey’s public and private institutions of higher ed “are going through financial hardships and are thinking to cut staff, programs and services to students just to keep their doors open.”…

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CUPA-HR: Higher education faces crisis in retaining talent

About 57 percent of the higher education workforce is at least somewhat likely to look into other employment opportunities during the next 12 months, according to a new employee retention survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

“The most common reason for seeking other employment (provided by three-fourths of those likely to look for another job) is an increase in pay,” four CUPA-HR researchers wrote in the survey’s conclusions.…

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GAO updates Cardona on its priority open recommendations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Dr. Miguel A. Cardona with an update on its priority open recommendations for the U.S. Department of Education.

As of the June 28 letter (made available to the public in early July), the GAO had five priority recommendations that fall into two areas: protecting the investment in higher education, and ensuring the well-being and education of the nation’s school-age children.…

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Win tickets to ‘Hamilton’ through SML

As part of its Summer of Learning 2022 series, Share My Lesson is giving away three grand-prize packages to see “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York.

The entry deadline for the “Hamilton” and the Big Apple Educator Sweepstakes is Aug. 5; the prize drawing will occur Aug. 10.

For more info, contest rules and to enter, click here.…

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Webinar to cover how educators navigate free speech issues

Join Education Week’s Holly Kurtz on June 29 as she moderates the webinar “Future of the First Amendment: Exploring Trends in High School Students’ Views of Free Speech.”

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their own experiences in districts and schools.

The hourlong webinar begins at 2 p.m. ET on June 29.…

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KFT’s Bellitto lands speaking engagement in Rome

Kean Federation of Teachers member Dr. Christopher Bellitto, a history professor at Kean University, is scheduled to speak June 23 at the Vatican during the World Meeting of Families.

“It’s certainly humbling that someone would read what I wrote and think it has value on a global scale,” said Dr. Bellitto, referring to “Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons From the Bible,” his 2016 book that prompted an invite to Rome for the event.…

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NJCIE Inclusion Leadership Conference is June 28

A Q&A session with author Dr. Cheryl M. Jorgensen and a workshop about how schools can support family reading time are among the offerings at the NJCIE Inclusion Leadership Conference on June 28 in Kenilworth.

The event is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Montclair State University Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health. …

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Poll: K-12, higher ed are the industries with highest burnout rate

At 44 percent and 35 percent, respectively, K-12 education and college or university are the top two industries where employees feel most burned out at work, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February.

“K-12 workers have consistently been among the more burned out workers nationally, but the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing challenges — and introduced new ones to a profession already struggling,” write Stephanie Marken and Sangeeta Agrawal for Gallup.…

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