Democratic Research Aide: Martin Sumners
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Prieto & Caride: 'Getting N.J. school funding right and helping control property taxes'Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Education Chairwoman Marlene Caride had the following published in The Star-Ledger:
"School funding is New Jersey's endless ordeal. No matter how many times this immense issue has been pushed toward a successful solution, it just rolls right back onto the taxpayers -- and our children.
"New Jersey has many issues to confront, but many of them revolve around school funding. Property taxes. Tax fairness. Real estate value. Our children's future.
"As the Assembly speaker and chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee, we recognize New Jersey's constitutional educational mandate, and our moral responsibility to our children demand that we provide opportunities and eliminate obstacles for all students, regardless of their circumstances.
"We also recognize New Jersey has not properly funded its schools. It's a longstanding problem that should have been resolved years ago, but remains festering due to economic struggles and political ideology..."
Speaker Prieto & Education Chair Caride Announce Plans for Public School Funding Reform CommitteePanel Will Recommend Realistic Way to Fairly Fund Public Schools & Control Property Taxes
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Education Chairwoman Marlene Caride on Monday announced they would introduce legislation to create the Joint Legislative Committee on Public School Funding Reform to recommend how to fairly fund New Jersey's public school districts.
"We recognize New Jersey's constitutional educational mandate and our moral responsibility to our children demand that we provide opportunities and eliminate obstacles for all students, regardless of their circumstances," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "We also recognize New Jersey has not properly funded its schools. It's a long-standing problem that should have been resolved years ago. The status quo is unacceptable, and this is a responsible way to fix it..."
Wimberly Acts to Ensure Insurance Coverage for Student Athletes
Legislator to Introduce Legislation Requiring School Coverage for Team & Intramural Sports, and Extracurricular ActivitiesTRENTON -Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly joined by Senator Paul Sarlo (Both D-Bergen, Passaic) announced today that they will introduce legislation requiring public schools in New Jersey to provide accident and injury insurance for their students who participate in school sports and other extracurricular activities.
The legislators are acting after learning that Paterson School District dropped its student accident insurance, leaving student athletes and others who participate in school activities without coverage. The legislators agree that it is foolish for schools to try to save money by eliminating insurance because it compromises and undermines student safety.
Holley, Jasey, McKnight and Quijano Legislation to Enhance Security & Safety Measures in NJ's Schools Goes to GovernorLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jamel Holley, Mila Jasey, Angela McKnight and Annette Quijano to enhance security in New Jersey's schools and better protect students and teachers from a wide range of potential threats was approved Thursday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.
"We've learned some hard lessons over the years about the dangers facing our schools and our students," said Holley (D-Union). "It is critical that we educate school staff about the best safety practices, and keep security and safety measures at the forefront when building new schools and renovating existing ones. Investing in the safety of our students and school staff is a must..."