State of New Jersey
Executive Order #22

Governor Christine Todd Whitman

WHEREAS, excessive and unnecessary State mandates force school districts to incur considerable costs which are not necessary to ensure educational opportunity, to safeguard the health and safety of pupils or to guarantee accountability; and

WHEREAS, overly prescriptive rules and regulations may also inhibit the initiative of teachers and administrators and dilute accountability for local decision making; and

WHEREAS, the State Board of Education has demonstrated its leadership role in this area by initiating a comprehensive study of unnecessary and overly prescriptive regulations pertaining to education; and

WHEREAS, these efforts of the State Board of Education should be encouraged and facilitated;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. The Department of Education (the Department) shall complete a comprehensive and thorough review of all current administrative regulations by December 31, 1995. All regulations which are not necessary or which promote inefficiency or are overly prescriptive shall be identified and referred to the State Board of Education for review, and, if warranted, further action.

2. In order to facilitate the Department's review of its regulatory code, the sunset provisions now in effect in each of the regulations of the Department are hereby extended, respectively, by eighteen (18) months from the date of this Order. During the period of review, all such regulations shall remain in full force and effect and may be modified or repealed at any time by the State Board of Education pursuant to the "Administrative Procedures Act."

3. The Department shall invite the input of the public and shall hold at least two public hearings in order to receive testimony concerning regulations of the Department.

4. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal
this 25th day of August in the Year
of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine
Hundred and Ninety-Four and of the
Independence of the United States,
the Two Hundred and Eighteenth.

/s/ Christine Todd Whitman


/s/ Peter Verniero
Chief Counsel to the Governor