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.
Democratic Research Aide: Martin Sumners
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Diegnan: Increase Cardiac Health Screening for Young AthletesAssembly Education Committee Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D-Middlesex) had the following published recently in the Daily Record:
"Sudden cardiac death kills more than 3,000 young people each year, many of them athletes. The number one cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Despite being at a higher risk of sudden cardiac arrest, children and young adults with HCM may not display symptoms, which makes this disease all the more dangerous, and the need for better testing to detect this 'silent killer' critical..."
Caputo, Diegnan & Jasey Introduce Bill to Protect Student Privacy; Require Criminal Background Check for Third-Party Employees with Access to Personal Student Information
Bill stems from controversy surrounding monitoring of student social media accounts during PARCC administration; monitoring is being done by subcontractor hired by testing companyAssembly Democrats Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) and Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) have introduced legislation to protect the privacy and personal information of students in New Jersey by requiring employees of private entities under contract with the state - who have access to student information - to undergo criminal background checks.
"We want to prevent any potential cheating, but not at the expense of student privacy and safety," said Caputo. "I understand that many of these accounts are public, but there is something troubling about adults purposely purveying pages they otherwise wouldn't know about. If we are going to give these individuals a window into the social media lives of our students, then we should ensure that they are law-abiding citizens who will not use this access and information for nefarious purposes."