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.
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Taliaferro, Houghtaling & Andrzejczak Bill to Promote & Increase Use of Jersey Fresh Products in New Jersey Schools Advanced by Senate Committee

Asm. Adam Taliaferro Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Adam Taliaferro, Eric Houghtaling and Bob Andrzejczak to help promote the New Jersey Farm to School Program, and encourage the use of more locally grown foods in the meals prepared in schools, colleges and universities in the state was advanced Thursday by the Senate Education Committee.

"Eating healthy does not come naturally to many young people," said Taliaferro (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "Creating more opportunities to highlight and expand on the success of the New Jersey Farm to School program not only helps advance the Jersey Fresh brand and the concept of buying locally, but instills the importance of making healthier food choices to students..."

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Caride, McKnight, Holley & Pintor Marin Bill to Connect English Language Learners to Gifted & Talented Programs in Schools Advanced by Senate Panel

Asw. Marlene Caride Legislation 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 advanced Thursday by the Senate Education Committee.

"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)...

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Mazzeo, Lagana, Vainieri Huttle, & Benson Bill to Educate Parents of Prescription Opioid Use Advanced by Senate Panel

Asm. Vince Mazzeo Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Joseph Lagana, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Daniel Benson to require the state Department of Education to develop educational fact sheet for distribution to parents of student-athletes and cheerleaders concerning use and misuse of prescription opioids was advanced Thursday by the Senate Education Committee.

"This bill ensures that young people and their parents are educated as early as possible about the dangers of opioid abuse and addiction," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "It is critical to provide this information to students who participate in athletics to make certain that, in the event they are prescribed an opioid for an injury, they will be fully knowledgeable of the risks of misuse..."

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McKeon & Danielsen Bill to Ban Smokeless Tobacco from Public Schools Gains Assembly Panel Approval

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) and Joe Danielsen (D-Middlesex/Somerset) to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco in New Jersey's public schools.

"The use of smokeless tobacco increases the risk of certain cancers, such as esophageal cancer and various types of oral cancer," said McKeon. "It should not be allowed in schools where impressionable young people may see it as a harmless substitute for cigarettes."
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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Combating Bias Intimidation amid Recent Threats, Student Transportation Safety (esp. along Route 130) & Homelessness Prevention Bill Package Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Voting Machine Security, No Smokeless Tobacco in Schools, Improved Education for Deaf Children, Deterring Food Waste, Labor Assistance Program for Suspended Drivers, Tougher Stalking Penalties & Improved Protections Against Employer Discrimination

Legislation to require New Jersey's full participation in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, toughen crimes against bias intimidation amid recent anti-Semitic threats, improve student transportation safety around schools - especially along Route 130 in Burlington County - and a wide-ranging bill package designed to combat homelessness highlight Thursday's Assembly committee hearings...

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Video: Wimberly Questions State Aid Advance for Lakewood with Many Other School Districts Struggling

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Passaic/Bergen) continues the push for school funding changes, questioning the state treasurer during Wednesday's Assembly Budget Committee hearing about why Lakewood will receive an $8.5 million state-aid advance from the state Department of Education while so many other districts are also struggling.

Watch the video here.

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