For Information on how to become a certified teacher in New Jersey:
(N.J.A.C. 6A:9-17(1)) requires that “(c ) All certificate holders shall report their arrest or indictment for any crime or offense to their Superintendent within 14 calendar days. The report shall include the date of the arrest or indictment and charge(s) lodged against the certificate holder. Such certificate holder shall also report to their superintendent the disposition of any charges within seven calendar days of the disposition. Failure to comply with these reporting requirements may be deemed “Just Cause” pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9-17.5 School districts shall make these requirements known to all new employees on an annual basis”.
Non-certificated staff should note that in April, 2012 the Board adopted Policy #4159, which applies these same notification requirements to staff who do not hold a certificate from the Department of Education.
NJ First Act: Effective September 1, 2011, the NJ First Act requires that certain classifications of persons employed by a public institution will have 365 days within which to establish a principle residence in NJ. Failure to comply will render the individual unqualified to continue to hold the position. Individuals may seek exemption from the residency exemption committee based on critical need or hardship. For more detailed information from the State on this law, please access the New Jersey First (.pdf file) in Information-Procedures section this site.
Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey Act:
This recently-enacted legislation changes the timeline for acquiring tenure for teaching staff hired after the effective date of this legislation to four consecutive calendar years or the equivalent of more than four academic years within a period of any five consecutive academic years. The legislation also mandates the number of annual observations for tenured and non-tenured staff and stipulates certain components of the evaluation rubric. The TeachNJ Act also sets forth new procedures and timelines for filing tenure charges for inefficiency.