Assembly Education Committee clears Chiaravalloti bill to postpone certain NJQSAC reviews

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The New Jersey Assembly Education Committee cleared a bill sponsored by Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31) earlier today that postpone certain NJQSAC reviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Each school district is required to periodically undergo a comprehensive review by the state Department of Education via the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC).

Districts are reviewed on a staggered schedule; however, that schedule has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aiming to ensure school districts and the NJ DOE are able to focus their time and resources on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (A-4006).

The bills asks to postpone NJQSAC reviews scheduled for the 2019-2020 school year that were not completed because of COVID-19 school closures, or those scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year.

As a result, these reviews will be rescheduled for the 2021-2022 school year.

“Instead of filling out NJQSAC paperwork, we’d rather school districts focus on combating the challenges brought on by the pandemic, from conducting remote instruction to delivering food to students who normally receive free or reduced price school meals,” Chiaravalloti said in a statement.

“The needs of our students should always come first.”