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Assembly Democratic Bill to Prohibit Suspension of Professional Licenses Due to Inability to Pay Student Loans Clears AssemblyLegislation Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary S. Schaer, Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley, Gabriela Mosquera, Elizabeth Muoio, Shavonda Sumter and Vince Mazzeo sponsored to rescind a law that jeopardizes the careers of professionals who have overwhelming student debt recently gained approval from the General Assembly.
"If someone earned a license to practice a profession, their performance should be the sole factor that affects their ability to retain that license," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Using a professional license as a bargaining chip when someone cannot pay his or her student loans is not only wrong but nonsensical. There is no logic in removing a borrower's ability to pay back a loan as a punishment for inability to pay in the first place."
Caride, McKnight, Holley & Pintor Marin Bill to Connect English Language Learners to Gifted & Talented Programs in Schools Approved by AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Angela McKnight, Jamel Holley and Eliana Pintor Marin to help connect high-performing non-native English speakers to resources that can foster their academic potential was approved Thursday by the Assembly.
Because tests that screen for advanced intellectual ability typically are offered only in English, gifted and talented programs often inadvertently exclude gifted students who have not yet mastered the English language, the sponsors noted.
"Too often, students with exceptional intellectual capabilities are overlooked because of their limited ability to express themselves in English. The reality, however, is that these students typically can read and write at an advanced level in their native languages, excel at mathematics and are adept at learning a new language and culture..," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic).