ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE TO HEAR TESTIMONY ON NEW ACTIVITY FEES BEING IMPOSED ON STUDENTS

Panel Will Also Consider Various Cost-Saving, Health, and Safety Measures

The Assembly Education Committee will meet on Thursday to discuss the impact of various fees being imposed on students for numerous activities, including busing to public schools. With the new school season underway, the committee will hear testimony from witnesses on how state aid cuts have precipitated these fees.

The hearing will convene at 2:00 pm in Committee Room 11 on the fourth floor of the Statehouse Annex.

The committee will also consider a number of measures designed to help contain costs and protect students’ health and safety.

Included on the agenda is a bill (A-406) to help rein in exorbitant contracts by requiring the state Department of Education to develop a model contract for school districts to adhere to when employing superintendents.

The committee will also consider an eco-friendly, long-term, cost-saving measure (A-1084) that would require the incorporation of solar panels in the construction of new school facilities, as well as a measure (A-1637) that would help generate revenue by allowing advertising on the exterior of school buses.

Lastly, the committee will consider bills (A-2454) to help deter steroid use among middle and high school students and (A-2920) develop a school district policy to educate students on dating violence and ways in which to identify and avoid potentially abusive behavior.