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State retains control of local school contract oversight

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New regulations that gave the New Jersey Department of Education authority to review and reject pending contracts for top school administrators withstood a legal challenge from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA).

A federal judge rejected NJASA’s argument that the regulations are unconstitutional. The judge ruled that overturning the new rules would interfere with the state’s goal of reforming property tax and public school funding systems.

NJASA said it would file a similar suit in state court.

The rules followed a State Commission of Investigation report that showed little oversight of administrators’ contracts.
Supporters of the regulations, such as Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts, have said that administrators enjoyed “lavish” contracts and retirement payouts at taxpayers’ expense.

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