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.
Democratic Research Aide:  Martin Sumners   
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Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Substance Abuse Education in Schools Includes Latest Evidence-Based Standards & Practices Heads to Governor's Desk

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to ensure substance abuse education in New Jersey schools includes the most up-to-date information available advanced in the Senate on Thursday, 39-0. The bill will now go to the Governor's office for further consideration.

"We cannot effectively reach young people about the dangers of substance abused with outdated information," said Vainieri Huttle. "Substance abuse among young people is a serious concern and, without proper intervention, can lead to lifetime addiction or worse. "This review will help ensure that the substance abuse education that our students are getting is reliable and useful."

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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera, Sumter & Wimberly 'Breakfast after the Bell' Bill Heads to Gov's Desk

Measure Would Establish an Incentive Fund for the School Breakfast Program
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly to create an incentive fund to support the Breakfast after the Bell program received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

The bill is part of efforts by Assembly Democrats to lift people out of poverty and rebuild New Jersey's middle-class.

"Breakfast after the Bell is one of the most important programs offered to students in our school districts," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "A fund will encourage schools to adopt a model that will feed more students in the school year and continue to prepare children for their day of learning."

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Wimberly, Spencer & Sumter Bill to Encourage School Districts to Make More Cost-Effective Choices on Property Lease Decisions Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) and Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic) to prohibit certain school districts under state intervention from leasing a building if the cost of the lease is greater than the building's purchase price was approved Monday by the General Assembly.

"The intention of the bill is to ensure school districts are employing cost-effective principles when leasing or purchasing buildings for school administration use," said Wimberly, who has taught in the Paterson School District for over 25 years. "We must take a good look at how much we are spending on renting. If we can save money that can be used on other needs such as books computers, recreational programs and infrastructure repairs, then that is what we should be doing."

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Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Substance Abuse Education in Schools Includes Latest Evidence-Based Standards & Practices Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to ensure substance abuse education in New Jersey schools includes the most up-to-date information available was approved Monday by the General Assembly.

"We cannot effectively reach young people about the dangers of substance abused with outdated information," said Vainieri Huttle. "Substance abuse among young people is a serious concern and, without proper intervention, can lead to lifetime addiction or worse. "This review will help ensure that the substance abuse education that our students are getting is reliable and useful."

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Assembly Oks Benson, Muoio & Gusciora Bill to Enable Katzenbach School for the Deaf to Continue Driver's Ed Instruction

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Elizabeth Maher Muoio and Reed Gusciora to enable the Katzenbach School for the Deaf to continue offering driver's education for students was approved, 77-0, by the full Assembly on Monday.

The bill is intended to permit the Ewing-based Katzenbach School for the Deaf to make use of a car donated to its driver's education program. Since 1951, Katzenbach has provided drivers education for hearing-impaired students, with cars typically donated to the program from car dealerships and later from the state's fleet. When the last car ceased being operational, Katzenbach's board of directors decided to purchase a used car and donate it to the state motor pool for exclusive use by Katzenbach. However, the school was then informed that because of technicalities the car could not be covered by state insurance.

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Schaer, Prieto, Lagana, Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Quijano & Wimberly 'Secure Schools for All Children Act' Heads to Gov's Desk

Legislation Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Annette Quijano and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to establish a state aid program for security services, equipment or technology to ensure a safe and secure school environment for students attending nonpublic schools received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"School security has become a paramount concern in recent years, particularly in light of the many tragedies we've witnessed across the country and around the world," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "While we've taken many steps to increase security efforts throughout our public schools, much more needs to be done, and we cannot overlook the needs of students in nonpublic schools in the process."

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Sumter & Wimberly: FY’17 State Budget Includes Relief for City of Paterson Schools

Assembly Panel Releases budget legislation, Includes Expenditure of $19.7 Million for Paterson School District
Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly (Both D- Bergen and Passaic) on Thursday announced language in the fiscal year 2017 proposed budget includes relief for Paterson taxpayers and school district. The budget bill (A-4000) was approved by the Assembly Budget panel on Thursday.

The 35th District legislators said the aid is crucial to helping relieve overburdened Paterson taxpayers and passage of the bill with this language is a win for the city, its residents and students. Sumter and Wimberly further note that because the school formula is not fully funded, Paterson loses out on $68 million in state school aid each year. In addition, Paterson property tax increased 44 percent over 4 years. There are nearly 4000 properties in the city which are either exempt or vacant.

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Gusciora on Christie’s School Funding Plan: “Does this mean you will be paying property taxes in Trenton?”

Assemblyman Says Governor's Plan Does Not Take into Account All the Tax-Exempt Properties that Abound in Urban Cities
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) on Thursday criticized Gov. Christie's proposed education funding plan as disingenuous, saying it flies in the face of the state's constitutional requirement to provide a "thorough and efficient" education for New Jersey school children, "particularly those in urban centers."

Gusciora pointed out that the State Supreme Court's decisions in Robinson v. Cahill (1970) and Abbott v. Burke (1981-2008; 19+ decisions) have reaffirmed the fundamental principle that each and every child in the state have access to a quality education.

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