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Legislative updates: what your school should know

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At Swing, we want to help schools stay up to date with their state’s newly enacted laws. While there’s lots of legislation in process, here are some recently passed updates pertaining to schools:

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New Jersey


What: House Bill 2177

Effective: September 24, 2022

What you need to know: Charter schools have expanded who needs to be fingerprinted. As of late last year, all charter school employees are now required to have a valid fingerprint clearance card. This includes charter school representatives, governing body members, officers, directors, etc. You can find more information on how to get a valid fingerprint clearance card here.

What: House Bill 2325

Effective: September 24, 2022

What you need to know: Starting September 11, 2023, all Arizona public schools will be required to dedicate a portion of the school day to teaching students about the attacks on September 11, 2001. For age appropriate lesson plan ideas, visit


What: Education Specialist Credential updates

Effective: June 30, 2022

What you need to know: California is updating the credential structure for special education teachers by reducing and replacing the number of current available credentials.There is a system in place to help current credential holders transition into the new program. 

Available credentials include:

  • Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN)
  • Extensive Support Needs (ESN)
  • Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH)
  • Visual Impairments (VI)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

More information on education specialist credentials can be found here.

New Jersey

What: Governor Murphy’s Task Force on Public School Staff Shortages

Effective: December 8, 2022

What you need to know: This new task force was created to directly address the teacher shortage. Governor Murphy appointed 23 members to this committee to address challenges facing the educator workforce, as well as to provide recommendations on how to increase the number of teachers and support staff available in K-12 schools. A key recommendation so far has been the prioritization of recruiting and training substitute teachers.

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