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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Cryan, Benson, Singleton, Lampitt, Riley & Pinkin Bill to Boost Participation in School Breakfast Program Gains Final Legislative Approval

Asm. Joe Cryan Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan, Daniel Benson, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley and Nancy Pinkin to boost breakfast programs in schools, particularly for underprivileged children, in order to help give them a leg up on academics was approved 38-0 on Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

"Currently, the vast majority of New Jersey school districts only serve breakfast to a fraction of eligible children," said Cryan (D-Union). "With research showing that school breakfast increases attendance and decreases tardiness, improves academic performance both in class and on standardized tests, and improves attentiveness, we need to make it a priority..."

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Moriarty, Benson & Wimberly Bill Outlawing Unsolicited Text Message Ads Gets Final Legislative OK

Asm. Paul Moriarty Assembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Daniel R. Benson and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to prohibit advertisers from sending unwelcome and unsolicited advertisements to consumers via text messaging was approved 37-0 Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

"Unwanted text messages not only tax consumers' patience, but they are a drain on cell minutes and bank accounts," said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Just as telephone customers have been able to close their homes to unwanted telemarketing calls, cell customers should be able to be free of unwanted text ads..."

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Singleton & Jasey Bill to Protect Personal Information Collected by Third Parties for Public, Private & Charter Schools OK'd by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Mila Jasey to help protect personal information by prohibiting cloud computing services from disclosing data collected from public, private and charter schools was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

Cloud computing refers to the on-demand delivery of IT resources and applications, including electronic mail, document storage, and document editing, via the Internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.

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Riley, Diegnan & Fuentes Bill to Bolster Computer Science Education in NJ Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Celeste Riley, Patrick Diegnan and Angel Fuentes to bolster computer science education in New Jersey's middle schools and high schools was released Monday by the Assembly Education Committee.

"The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by the year 2020, there will be 4.2 million jobs in computing and information in the United States," said Riley (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "These are the jobs of the future. We should be taking the necessary steps to prepare our students so that they will be equipped and ready to compete in the workforce, instead of wasting time catching up if they choose to pursue computer science as a profession."

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Diegnan Bill to Create Task Force to Recommend How to Integrate Engineering into K-12 Curriculum Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) to create a task force that would be charged with recommending how to incorporate engineering curriculum into the K-12 science curriculum was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

"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.

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Raising Judicial Retirement Age, Improved Wildlife Control for Farmers, Discussion on Port Authority Reform & Enhanced Veterans' Services Top Monday Assembly Committee Meetings

Bills to raise the judicial retirement age from 70 to 75, a package to help farmers manage wildlife and protect their crops, a discussion on several proposed Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reforms and enhanced services for veterans highlight Monday's Assembly committee meetings.

Protections for law enforcement animals, adding a crime-fraud exception to the marital privilege, improving engineering and computer science curriculum and requiring generators for multiple dwelling units are also among the bills on tap...

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Speaker Prieto Hails Senate Advancement of Vocational Education Improvement Package

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Thursday after the Senate Education Committee released seven bills he sponsored (A-3334/3335/3337/3338/3339/3340/3341) to improve vocational education throughout New Jersey. The Assembly approved the bills in June:

""We cannot rest idle while businesses and jobs change and the global economy becomes more competitive. In the end, this is all about jobs and a stronger economy, so we need to take steps such as these to ensure our state is at the cutting edge of educational offerings. I look forward to continued progress..."

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