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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Vainieri Huttle, Jasey & Caputo Bill to Expand Steroid Testing for High School Athletes Gains Assembly Approval

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey and Ralph Caputo to expand steroid testing and education throughout New Jersey high schools was unanimously approved by the full Assembly on Thursday.

"Student-athletes who turn to steroids to get an edge over the competition may not realize the serious risks they are taking with their health," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Many see their sports heroes achieve impressive feats with the help of steroids and think it is okay for them to do the same, not understanding how detrimental these drugs can be to their physical and psychological health."

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Give Parents Choice to Opt Out of PARCC Approved by Assembly

Bill sponsored by Diegnan, Jasey, Caputo, Benson, Eustace, Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora, Pinkin, McKeon & Andrzejczak in response to PARCC criticism
The General Assembly on Thursday approved legislation allowing parents and guardian to exclude a student from taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment being administered to New Jersey students in grades 3-11.

"The debate over the PARCC assessment and whether or not it will help or hurt students has only grown more intense," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "With so many lingering questions about its effectiveness and worry about the impact on students, it is only fair that we give parents the option to say no to the test on behalf of their children until we can answer their questions and ease their fears."

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THURSDAY - Testing Opt-Out, Pollution Settlements, Prescription Drug Monitoring, Atlantic City UEZ, Improving Medical Marijuana Program & Displaced Casino Worker Job Training Highlight Thursday Assembly Session

Lottery Couriers Budget Transparency, Economic Incentive Study, Stolen Valor Act, Student Steroid Abuse, Elderly Care, School Breakfast & Motor Vehicle Data Privacy Bills Also on Tap

Legislation to allow parents to opt their children out of standardized testing, require more money from pollution settlements be used for clean-up and extend the public comment period for pollution settlements, improve prescription drug monitoring to curb abuse, bring an Urban Enterprise Zone and property tax relief to Atlantic City, improving the medical marijuana program and provide training to displaced casino workers highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session...

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Andrzejczak, Benson Bill to Encourage Students to Honor & Assist Veterans and Active Duty Member OK'd by Assembly Panel

Legislation Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland) and Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) sponsored to encourage students to help honor or assist veterans and active duty members of the Armed Forces or National Guard was recently approved by an Assembly panel.

"Attending a ceremony honoring a veteran or active duty member, or helping a veteran at a hospital or food shelter, has immeasurable educational value," said Andrzejczak, who was a sergeant in the United States Army and was injured during a deployment to Iraq. "Students can learn tremendously from our veterans and active duty members, all of whom have so much to teach about service to our nation, personal commitment or history, among the many, many possibilities."

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Mazzeo, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Allow Service Animals to Board School Buses Signed Into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera and Dan Benson to allow students with disabilities to bring service animals onto school buses in New Jersey was signed into law on Monday.

"This will ensure that New Jersey aligns with what federal law prescribes," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "What's more important, however, is our commitment to ensuring that students with disabilities can have the highest quality of life possible and access the same opportunities as their peers."

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