Democratic Research Aide: Martin Sumners
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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).
Schaer Statement on Assembly Budget Committee Public HearingAssembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen) released the following statement Wednesday after the Assembly Budget Committee held its second hearing on the proposed state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1:
"Today we heard from many concerned parents about school funding, and what is fair, adequate and necessary to fully meet the needs of our students. There is no quick, easy fix, but we remain committed to exploring all options until we reach a solution that is reasonable, responsible and, more importantly, benefits all children..."