The Assembly Education Committee addresses issues concerning education curricula, school finance, school boards and districts, school transportation, students, teachers, tuition and student aid, vocational and higher education.
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Prieto, Jimenez, Jasey & Quijano Measure to Streamline Vocational School Construction & Improvements Now Law

Speaker Vincent Prieto Law Continues Speaker's Commitment to Improving State's Vocational, Technical Programs; Making Vo-Tech Education a Viable Alternative to 4-Year College

Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Angelica Jimenez, Mila Jasey and Annette Quijano sponsored that would streamline construction of county vocational school facilities in New Jersey has been inked into law.

"As I've said before, college isn't necessarily for everyone; we need to have multiple viable paths to employment in New Jersey," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "Students who might struggle in AP courses or college may thrive in a vocational instruction environment, and we should encourage investment in that infrastructure so that New Jersey continues producing a highly skilled, highly trained and highly educated workforce..."

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Diegnan, Lampitt & Caride Bill to Create Task Force to Recommend How to Integrate Engineering into K-12 Curriculum Heads to Gov's Desk

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Pamela Lampitt and Marlene Caride to create a task force charged with recommending how to incorporate engineering into the K-12 science curriculum received final legislative approval last week and now heads to the governor's desk.

"STEM jobs are on the rise, but our colleges are not graduating enough engineering majors to keep up with the demand. If we want to compete in an increasingly global economy, we have to expand engineering education,.." said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). For More

Legislature Approves Greenwald & Lampitt Bill to Ensure Students with Debilitating Illnesses & Disabilities are Not Denied Medical Marijuana Relief while at School

The Senate granted final legislative approval on Monday to a bill sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to ensure that students with debilitating illnesses and disabilities who participate in the state's medical marijuana program are not denied medicinal relief while at school or attending school functions.

New Jersey's medical marijuana law does not currently authorize the use of medical marijuana in schools or day programs serving developmentally disabled adults. In the absence of a state law on the subject, several school districts have specifically prohibited the use or administration of medical marijuana on school grounds.

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Diegnan, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Prevent School Districts from Having State Aid Withheld Based on Student PARCC Participation Gets Final Legislative OK

Asm. Pat Diegnan Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex), Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) and Benjie Wimberly (D-Passaic/Bergen) to prevent the state from unjustly punishing school districts by withholding state aid because the majority of the district's students refuse to take the PARCC test is headed to the governor's desk.

"Threatening to cut state aid to districts for a decision made entirely by parents - a decision they believe is in the best interest of their children - is unreasonable," said Diegnan, who chairs the Assembly Education Committee and sponsored the Assembly bill to allow parents to opt their children out of the PARCC test...

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Diegnan, Fuentes & Eustace Bill to Bolster Computer Science Education in NJ Goes to Governor's Desk

Assemblyman Pat Diegnan Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Angel Fuentes and Tim Eustace to bolster computer science education in New Jersey's middle schools and high schools was approved 73-2 last week by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

"Many of our young people are graduating with fewer job prospects. Computing and information technology are among the fastest growing occupational fields in the country," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "By exposing our students to these professions at an earlier age, we are giving them the tools they will need to compete and thrive in the global marketplace..."

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Mazzeo, Eustace, Johnson, Wilson & Moriarty Bill to Establish Scholarship Fund for Families of Soldiers Lost, Missing & Disabled in Action Heads to Gov's Desk

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Vincent Mazzeo, Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson, Whip Wilson and Paul Moriarty to provide scholarships to the children of military personnel who have died, become permanently disabled or are missing in action received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"Military families are our nation's real unsung heroes," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "We know that freedom isn't free and it's only fitting that we honor the sacrifices of those who have worn the uniform by helping their children and spouses attain their highest educational goals."

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Mazzeo: Christie Vetoes Targeting Egg Harbor Township & Egg Harbor City Schools Will Hurt Taxpayers

Asm. Vince Mazzeo Governor Axes Budget Language that would have Exempted EHT from Unwarranted Fees & Provided Increased State Aid to EHC

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo released the following statement Friday after Gov. Christie vetoed budget language that would have relieved the Egg Harbor Township School District from an unfair school construction assessment and provided more state aid to the Egg Harbor City School District to help handle sharp enrollment increases:

""Gov. Christie and the Republicans in Trenton are clearly not looking out for Atlantic County taxpayers. I couldn't be more disappointed. These provisions were reasonable, affordable, fair and fiscally responsible. I see no reason why they should have been vetoed…"

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Fuentes, Diegnan & Garcia Bill to Promote Biliteracy among N.J. Students Advanced by Assembly

Asm. Angel Fuentes Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes, Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. and Carmelo G. Garcia to honor New Jersey students who achieve literacy in more than one world language was approved 74-2 Thursday by the Assembly.

"The development of this recognition is designed to encourage the study of world languages other than English," said Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester)...

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Benson & Mukherji Bill to Require Special Ed Coursework in Teacher Preparation Programs Approved by Assembly

Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson and Raj Mukherji sponsored to help increase the number of educators in New Jersey qualified to teach students with autism was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

"New Jersey has one of the highest autism diagnosis rates in the nation, and we must work to ensure that every child with an autism spectrum disorder has access to an appropriate education," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "This legislation will help educators in our state better address the specific needs of children with developmental disabilities so that these students can reach their full potential."

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Jasey, Diegnan, Mainor, Wimberly & Oliver Bill to Restrict Use of Standardized Testing for Young Students in NJ Schools Heads to Gov's Desk

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Patrick Diegnan, Charles Mainor, Benjie Wimberly and Sheila Oliver to prohibit the administration of commercially developed standardized assessments to students in grades K-2 received final legislative approval on Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"The pressure put on students and teachers by these assessments is counterproductive to learning," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris), who sits on the Assembly Education Committee. "There are already state and federally mandated tests that our students are required to take. There is no need to overburden students with yet another test, which takes time away from actual classroom instruction."

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Jasey, Diegnan, Caputo & Jimenez Bill to Benefit Teachers Aspiring Toward Educational Leadership Roles Clears Assembly

Measure to Create Advisory Board and Program to Fill Leadership roles in School Districts
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Patrick Diegnan, Ralph R. Caputo and Angelica M. Jimenez to encourage more of New Jersey's teachers to take part in educational leadership roles was approved,75-0-1, Thursday by the General Assembly.

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Schaer Legislation to Make Sure Security Needs in Nonpublic Schools are Met Gains Assembly Approval

The General Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Gary Schaer to establish a state aid program to provide security services, equipment, and technology to help ensure a safe and secure school environment for students attending nonpublic schools.

"School security has become a paramount concern in recent years, particularly in light of the many tragedies we've witnessed across the country and around the world," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "While we've taken many steps to increase security efforts throughout our public schools, much more needs to be done, and we cannot overlook the needs of students in nonpublic schools in the process."

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Mazzeo: State Budget with Relief for Egg Harbor Township & Egg Harbor City Schools Clears Legislature

Asm. Vince Mazzeo Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo on Thursday hailed legislative approval of the proposed state budget that includes two major victories for Atlantic County taxpayers - one would relieve the Egg Harbor Township School District from an unfair state assessment that would take money away from classrooms, while the other would provide more state aid to the Egg Harbor City School District to help handle sharp enrollment increases.

"This is a great day for Atlantic County taxpayers," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "I have worked with legislative leadership because it's the right thing to do for the taxpayers. I thank them for their support. In both cases, this help will provide much-needed property tax relief and improve the education of our children. That's something everyone should be able to support..."

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Assembly Approves Greenwald & Lampitt Bill to Ensure Students with Debilitating Illnesses & Disabilities are Not Denied Medical Marijuana Relief while at School

The full Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to ensure that students with debilitating illnesses and disabilities who participate in the state's medical marijuana program are not denied medicinal relief while at school or attending school functions.

New Jersey's medical marijuana law does not currently authorize the use of medical marijuana in schools or day programs serving developmentally disabled adults. In the absence of a state law on the subject, several school districts have specifically prohibited the use or administration of medical marijuana on school grounds.

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Diegnan, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Prevent School Districts from Having State Aid Withheld Based on Student PARCC Participation Approved by Assembly

The General Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex), Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) and Benjie Wimberly (D-Passaic/Bergen) to prevent the state from unjustly punishing school districts by withholding state aid because the majority of the district's students refuse to take the PARCC test.

According to recent news articles, the state commissioner of education has suggested the possibility of withholding state aid if a significant number of students in a district do not take an assessment. This bill would prevent districts from being penalized for matters beyond their control.

"Threatening to cut state aid to districts for a decision made entirely by parents - a decision they believe is in the best interest of their children - is unreasonable,.." said Diegnan, who chairs the Assembly Education Committee and sponsored the Assembly bill to allow parents to opt their children out of the PARCC test. For More

Mazzeo: Proposed State Budget Includes Relief for Egg Harbor Township & Egg Harbor City Schools

Asm. Vince Mazzeo Language Exempts EHT from Unwarranted Fees & Provides Aid to EHC

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo on Tuesday announced language included in the Legislature's proposed state budget would provide two major victories for Atlantic County taxpayers - one would relieve the Egg Harbor Township School District from an unfair state assessment that would take money away from classrooms, while the other would provide more state aid to the Egg Harbor City School District to help handle sharp enrollment increases.

"This is a great day for Atlantic County taxpayers," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "I have worked with legislative leadership because it's the right thing to do for the taxpayers. I thank them for their support. In both cases, this help will provide much-needed property tax relief and improve the education of our children. That's something everyone should be able to support..."

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