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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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Eustace, Lagana & Mazzeo on Bill to Defer Use of PARCC Test to Measure Student Achievement in NJ SchoolsAssembly Democrats Timothy J. Eustace (D-Bergen), Joseph A. Lagana (D-Bergen) and Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) issued a multimedia package Friday on their legislation that would temporarily defer the use of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment to measure student achievement in the Garden State.
The sponsors chose to highlight the benefits of the proposed three-year moratorium on utilizing the test results with PARCC testing set to begin Monday for all students in New Jersey in grades 3-8. The PARCC is replacing the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and is being administered to all New Jersey students in grades 3-11 throughout March.
Speaker Prieto recognizes Career Technical Education Month with visit to High Tech High School in North BergenNJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools recognizes Prieto with Leadership Award after Roundtable Discussion, School Facility Tour
As a beneficiary of career-focused education himself, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has always had a passion for providing students with the skills necessary to pursue different paths to success. That interest has directly influenced his legislative agenda, as he sponsored a package of bills signed into law recently that are promoting and improving vocational secondary education in New Jersey. In recognition of his efforts and of February being Career Technical Education Month, Speaker Prieto attended a wide-ranging event at High Tech High School in North Bergen. The event was organized in partnership with the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (Career Tech NJ), the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the Hudson County Schools of Technology.
"Students at High Tech High School are exposed to a rigorous academic curriculum that prepares them well to gain acceptance to top colleges. But that path is not necessarily for everyone and there are many other options that can provide a successful and fulfilling career," said Speaker Prieto, who works as a Construction Code Official and is a Plumber by trade. "This is why the school's strong career-focused programs are so important and should serve as a model for other school districts in our state. Students here have the opportunity to explore fields as varied as culinary arts, media production, graphic design, science and technology and much more and they are building the skillset needed to fill the jobs of tomorrow..."
Spencer & Pintor Marin Statement on Reappointment of Cami Anderson as Newark Schools ChiefAssemblywomen L. Grace Spencer and Eliana Pintor Marin released the following statement Thursday upon news that the Christie administration has renewed the contract for embattled, state-appointed Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson.
"It has come to our attention that the state Department of Education has decided to renew Cami Anderson's superintendent contract for another year.
Speaker Prieto, Jimenez, Jasey & Quijano Measure to Streamline Vocational School Construction, Improvements in NJ Clears AssemblyBill Continues Speaker's Commitment to Improving State's Vocational, Technical Programs; Making Vo-Tech Education a Viable Alternative to 4-Year College
Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Democrats Angelica Jimenez, Mila Jasey and Annette Quijano sponsored that would streamline construction of county vocational school facilities in New Jersey was approved on Monday by the General Assembly.
"As I've said before, college isn't necessarily for everyone; we need to have multiple viable paths to employment in New Jersey," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson).