Democratic Research Aide: Martin Sumners
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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Jasey, Prieto, Giblin & DeCroce Hold News Conference Announcing Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Pre-K in NJ
Measure would expand full-day preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-olds to over 100 districtsAssembly Higher Education Committee Chairwoman Mila M. Jasey (D-Essex), Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), Assembly Regulated Professions Committee Chairman Thomas P. Giblin (D-Essex) and Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Morris) issued a multimedia package Tuesday of excerpts from a news conference at which they unveiled bipartisan legislation to expand New Jersey's public preschool program to more school districts.
Assembly Members Jasey, Prieto & DeCroce Announce Bipartisan Legislation Expanding Pre-K to More Than 100 N.J. CommunitiesAssemblywoman Mila Jasey, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce on Tuesday unveiled bipartisan legislation that would expand New Jersey's public preschool program to additional New Jersey communities.
Currently, less than 40 New Jersey school districts provide three-and four- year-olds with access to publicly funded preschool programs, though the 2008 School Funding Reform Act called for expansion to more than 100 districts.
Jasey, Caputo, Singleton, Lampitt & Moriarty Bill to Explore Full-Day Kindergarten Options Statewide Clears Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Ralph Caputo, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt and Paul Moriarty to study the merits of implementing full-day kindergarten in New Jersey schools was approved Monday by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-1016) would establish a 22-member task force to study and evaluate issues associated with the establishment and implementation of full-day kindergarten.
"A full day of kindergarten instruction has been shown to help students not just academically, but socially," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). "These early years are critical. Full-day kindergarten has the potential to lower grade retention and dropout rates for students later in life. We owe it to our students to study the merits and feasibility of implementing full-day kindergarten in our schools."
Vainieri Huttle Bill to Expand Steroid Testing for High School Athletes Approved by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to expand steroid testing and education throughout New Jersey high schools was approved Monday by the Assembly Education Committee.
"Student athletes who see steroids as a quick fix, fail to realize how detrimental they can be to a person's physical and psychological health," said Vainieri Huttle. "I can understand how a young person who has hopes of playing professionally wants to get an edge over the competition, but risking your health is not worth it. Random testing of student athletes can help deter steroid use among young people who might be more concerned with getting caught than the harmful side effects."
Vainieri Huttle: Nothing Vague About NJ Being the 1st to Tackle BullyingAssembly Human Services Committee Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) had the following published recently in the Newark Star-Ledger:
"The Feb. 4 Star-Ledger editorial "Will New Jersey finally take the time to fix its broken bullying law?" had a misleading headline, as well as some missing facts.
What the editorial failed to grasp is that you cannot take a complex behavior that manifests itself in tens of thousands of different ways, a behavior that at times we don't fully understand, and wrap a tight definition around it. It just doesn't work that way..."
Monday Assembly CommitteesAssembly committees will meet Monday to consider legislation the following bils...