Assembly Education

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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Singleton, DeAngelo, Caride, Mukherji & Holley Bill to Augment STEM Education in NJ's Schools Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Wayne DeAngelo, Marlene Caride, Raj Mukherji and Jamel Holley to enhance science, technology, education and math (STEM) education in New Jersey's schools and better prepare students for the 21st century workforce was released earlier this week by an Assembly panel.

"This program can help broaden and encourage student access and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics order to advance our competitiveness and innovation in these fields," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "The reality is that we are lagging behind other countries when it comes to STEM education, which places our students at a disadvantage if they want to pursue these fields professionally. Employment opportunities in STEM fields are only expected to grow. If we want our students to be able to compete, we have to expand STEM education in New Jersey."

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Lagana & & Gusciora Bill to Ensure Safety of Students Transported on School Buses Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana and Reed Gusciora to prevent individuals who have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked from operating a school bus was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Individuals who've had their driving privileges suspended or revoked have no business being on the road, never mind transporting children to school," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Losing your driving privileges is no small infraction. This will keep irresponsible individuals from transporting school children, and ensure the safety of students who depend on school bus transportation."

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Caride & Jimenez Bill to Ensure Safety of Students in Wheelchairs on School Buses Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Angelica Jimenez (D-Bergen/Hudson) to improve the safety of wheelchair-bound students who are transported on school buses was released Monday by the Assembly Education Committee.

"These students are especially vulnerable," said Caride, who chairs the committee. "Equipping our school buses with this four-point securement system and requiring bus drivers to ensure that students in wheelchairs are properly secured in the system will make for a safer ride to school."

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Caride, Jasey, Eustace & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Eliminate Standardized Tests as Measuring Stick for Teacher Effectiveness Approved by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Mila Jasey, Tim Eustace and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to eliminate the use of standardized assessments as a measure of student growth or progress in evaluations of teachers, principals, assistant principals, and vice-principals was approved Monday by the Assembly Education Committee.

"There is broad agreement among statisticians, psychometricians, and economists that student test scores alone are not sufficiently reliable and valid indicators of teacher effectiveness," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic), who chairs the committee. "Teachers should be held accountable via a rigorous evaluation system, but standardized testing should not be included in that system."

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Lampitt, Benson, Jasey, Johnson, Mosquera, Muoio, Pinkin & Jimenez Bill to Ensure Safe Return to School for Students who have suffered Concussions Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Dan Benson, Mila Jasey, Gordon Johnson, Gabriela Mosquera, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Nancy Pinkin and Angelica Jimenez to ensure that students who have suffered a concussion are properly vetted by a licensed health care professional before they can return to school concussion was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Concussions, especially in young people, should not be taken lightly. When a child suffers a concussion, there needs to be proper procedures in place for his or her return to school and learning," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This bill will help ensure the utmost caution is taken during their return to school in order to ease their transition back into the classroom and avoid further injuring themselves."

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Eliminating Standardized Tests in Teacher Evaluation, Special Police Prosecutor, School Bus Safety, Student Concussion Safety, Farm-to-School Improvements Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Concerns on Unattended Children in Vehicles, No Under Age 18 Marriages, Cheerleading as Interscholastic Sport, Clean Vehicles & Protections for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Also on Tap

Eliminating the requirement that standardized assessments be used as a measure of student progress in the overall evaluation of a teacher, using a special prosecutor in cases involving deaths by law enforcement, improving school bus safety, student athlete concussion safety and improving the Farm-to-School program top Monday's Assembly committee hearings.

Concerns about unattended children being left in vehicles and legislation to prohibit marriages for those under 18, make cheerleading as an interscholastic sport, promote clean vehicle usage and protect individuals with development disabilities are also on tap...

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