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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Democratic Bill to Account for Cultural Preferences in School Menus Gains Assembly ApprovalLegislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Carmelo G. Garcia, Raj Mukherji, Gabriela Mosquera, Joseph Lagana and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to require public school districts to consider making their breakfast and lunch menus more culturally sensitive was approved 59-15 by the Assembly on Thursday.
"Consistency in teaching New Jersey's children about embracing cultural diversity requires us to ensure that they know everyone is welcome in the classroom as well as in the cafeteria," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington).
O'Donnell, Cryan, Jasey & Pinkin Bill to Help Ensure Students Have Nutritious Meals Receive Final Legislative ApprovalLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jason O'Donnell, Joseph Cryan, Mila Jasey and Nancy Pinkin that would require schools to notify parents before denying children meals at school due to nonpayment received final legislative approval Thursday.
"This bill will help ensure that a student is not suddenly denied a school breakfast or lunch because the district determines that the student's food bill is in arrears," said O'Donnell (D-Hudson)...
Caride Bill to Allow Schools to Administer Emergency Allergy Meds without Parental Consent Gets Final Legislative ApprovalLegislation Assemblywoman Marlene Caride sponsored to require all schools in New Jersey to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors and permit trained personnel to administer the allergy medication in an emergency received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
"Just having an EpiPen on hand can be the difference between a kid spending recess on the playground and spending it in the emergency room," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "If a child has his or her first allergic reaction at school and seconds count, it's critical that the school nurse can step in and help without hesitation."
Vainieri Huttle: Training + Education = Less Bullying
Lead Sponsor of Anti-Bulling Bill of Rights Welcomes News of Law's Effectiveness in Decreasing Bullying IncidentsAssemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle welcomed news that the state's anti-bullying law has produced marked results throughout New Jersey schools after the latest report from the State Department of Education showed a 16 percent decrease in reported bullying incidents from last year.
Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) was the lead sponsor of the landmark Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights that the state enacted in 2011.
THURSDAY - Expanded Tuition Equality, Veterans Tuition Assistance, UEZ Boost, Meadowlands Reform, Atlantic City Help & Rutgers Reform Top Assembly SessionBills to expand tuition equality, provide tuition help for veterans, send more money back to Urban Enterprise Zones, reform Meadowlands tax sharing and governance, help Atlantic City's economy and reform the Rutgers board of trustees top Thursday's Assembly voting session.
Bills to reform New Jersey's expungement laws, create Gold Alerts for missing people with developmental disabilities, establish a motor vehicle surcharge payment plan, ban unsolicited text ads and checks, require ATM operators to disclose balance inquiry fees, expand use of DNA as crime evidence, eliminate consumer data collection requirements for gift cards and limit access to motor vehicle recording data are also to be considered...
Gusciora, Watson Coleman & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Combating Sexual Assault on Campus Approved by Assembly
Bill Would Impose Fine on Colleges & Universities that Ignore AllegationsLegislation Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to hold colleges and universities accountable for combating sexual assault on campuses was approved 70-3-3 by the Assembly on Monday.
"The days of looking the other way when it comes to sexual assault are over," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "Statistics show one in five women are sexually assaulted on college campuses, which means we have a lot of work to do to ensure these allegations are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. This bill is meant to ensure the right approach is taken to these serious allegations."
Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Tucker & Wimberly Bill to Train School Bus Drivers/Aides who Transport Children with Special Needs Approved by AssemblyThe Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Benjie Wimberly to prevent accidental mistreatment of students with special needs by creating a training program for school bus drivers and aides.
"Children with special needs require specialized attention and care. Bus drivers and aides should be aware of behaviors associated with certain disabilities, and know how to effectively deal with them so to avoid any confusion and accidental mistreatment of these students,.." said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex).
MONDAY - Fining Colleges that Fail to Respond to Sexual Assault Allegations, Military Dependent Scholarship Act, E-Insurance for Drivers, Gold Alert System & Online Security Breach Notice Top Assembly SessionTruth in Caller ID, Combating Animal Cruelty, Easing Generators for Gas Stations & Health Care Facilities, Improved School Bus Driver Training & Youth Cardiac Exams Also on Tap
Bills to authorize the Attorney General to fine an institution of higher education that fails to appropriately respond to a student's allegation of sexual assault by another student, create the Military Dependents Scholarship Fund Act, allow drivers to use electronic proof of insurance, establish a Gold Alert system for missing persons with developmental disabilities and require consumer notice of online security breaches top Monday's Assembly voting session...