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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Diegnan Welcomes Decision to Reduce PARCC Testing Time

Asm. Pat Diegnan Assembly Education Chairman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) released the following statement on the decision to consolidate PARCC's two administration windows and reduce its length:

"It is encouraging to see that the New Jersey Department of Education has acknowledged that the PARCC test is a work in progress. These alterations to testing protocols validate the work of the Assembly Education Committee…"

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Sumter on Recent Layoffs of Teaching, Instructional Aides in Paterson School District

(PATERSON) - Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter (D- Bergen, Passaic) released the following statement on the recent announcement of a reduction in force within the Paterson Public School District:

"The Paterson Public School District's cost saving strategy to reduce direct classroom support for students with emotional and behavioral needs is quite troubling and raises a number of concerns for our teachers, children and communities.

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Diegnan & Pinkin Bill to Ensure Elementary School Health and Phys-Ed Professionals are Properly Endorsed Advances

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Patrick Diegnan and Nancy Pinkin (Both D-Middlesex) to ensure all elementary school physical and health education teachers are appropriately certified and trained to teach K-6 grade levels was approved on Monday by the full Senate, 33-0.

The bill was previously approved by the Assembly last October. The Senate amended the measure to specify the 2016-2017 school year as the date of enactment. It must now return to the full Assembly for final legislative approval.

Diegnan and Pinkin sponsored this legislation (A-3256) to ensure that all health and physical education instruction at public schools is provided by individuals who have received comprehensive content and pedagogical training.
Under current law, in order to teach health and physical education in grades kindergarten through six in a public school, a teacher is not required to have these specific endorsements to the instructional certificate. A teacher with an elementary school endorsement, under certain regulations, would be permitted to teach these courses.

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Jasey, Diegnan, Mainor, Wimberly & Oliver Bill to Restrict Use of Standardized Testing for Young Students in NJ Schools Continues Advancing

Asw. Mila Jasey Assembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Patrick Diegnan, Charles Mainor, Benjie Wimberly and Sheila Oliver sponsored to prohibit the administration of commercially developed standardized assessments to students in grades K-2 continued to advance on Monday.

"The pressure put on students and teachers by these assessments is counterproductive to learning," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris)...

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