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September 7, 2016
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ACNJ staff leaders and new addition

ACNJ President/CEO ACNJ Ceil Zalkind was named one of the first seven “30 Leaders for 30 Years" by Lead New Jersey.  Carla Ross, Operations Manager and Peter Chen, Staff Attorney have been accepted into emerging leadership training programs.

A big welcome to our new 2016 Leontine Young Fellow, Jaime Kaiser.

Read more.

New law limits expulsion for students grades K-2

ACNJ applauds new legislation signed into law on September 6 by Governor Christie that bans schools in New Jersey from expelling students in grades kindergarten through second grade. The new law also strictly limits schools from giving students out-of-school suspensions unless the conduct is dangerous to others.

Thank you Senators Teresa Ruiz and Shirley Turner and Assemblypersons Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberley for sponsoring this bill! This is a critical step to improving school discipline for young children in New Jersey.

Learn more about the law and next steps you can take.

NJ high schools lag in serving breakfast to teens

As students across New Jersey are back in school, high schoolers are less likely to begin their day with a healthy breakfast, according to an analysis released last week by Advocates for Children of New Jersey and the New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign.

Learn what high schools can do to ensure students get the nutrition they need for a healthy start to their day and to maximize their learning.

The Department of Education issued a memo encouraging schools to serve breakfast after the bell.

Does your school district have high chronic absenteeism?

Join us for the release of our 2nd annual report on chronic absenteeism, Showing Up Matters: The State of Chronic Absenteeism in NJ on September 14 at the Hedgepeth/Williams Middle School For the Arts in Trenton.  Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the program will start promptly at 10:30 a.m.

A panel of guests will share efforts to overcome chronic absenteeism.

Register for the event.

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