Archive for Tag: Brandon Umba

Umba’s push to address learning loss with tutoring pays off as bill passes committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brandon Umba’s continued call to address Covid-19 learning loss with more tutoring gained support in the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday. His bill requiring the state Education Department to create a registry of individuals and organizations offering free tutoring services was passed unanimously. “Finally, children...

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Umba’s bill would force State Board of Education to resume in-person meetings

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brandon Umba says the state Board of Education has denied the public its voice concerning children’s education well beyond any reasonable claim of ongoing public health concerns. With local and state governing bodies safely back to working in person for months with public participation, the...

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Umba proposes frequent in-school tutoring sessions to overcome Covid-19 learning loss

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brandon Umba introduced a bill on Thursday to address Covid-19 learning loss with high-intensity, in-school tutoring sessions. The evidenced-based programming will help close academic gaps and complement existing curriculum, he said.  “We know students are struggling and are grade levels behind where they should be,...

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Bill to build more school support for students from military families clears committee

TRENTON, N.J. – The Military and Veterans Affairs committee on Monday released a bill that will require the state Department of Education to indicate public school students in military families in its student database. Teachers must also be notified if military-connected students are in their classes. Assembly members Michael Torrissi...

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Wirths and Umba bill creating manufacturing career pathway for students advances

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday advanced legislation to prepare students for future jobs in the manufacturing industry. The “Manufacturing in Higher Education Act,” sponsored by Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Brandon Umba, would create and promote programs at colleges and county vocational schools that align...

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Committee clears bill that will create grant opportunities for new farmers

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Agriculture and Food Security Committee on Thursday released a bill that would provide matching grants for new farmers to make improvements on their farms. The sponsors of the legislation (A285), Assemblyman Brandon Umba and Assemblywoman Claire Swift, say their “New Farmers Improvement Grant Program”...

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GOP bill that would expand apprenticeship opportunities for NJ youth now law

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill that will help businesses struggling to find highly qualified workers was signed into law today. Assembly members Brandon Umba, Beth Sawyer and Hal Wirths sponsored the legislation (S525/A280) that will fund pre-apprenticeship programs that match high school students with apprenticeships. “Everyone is aware of the...

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Assembly Republicans oppose Democrats’ massive $50.6 billion state spending plan

TRENTON, N.J. – The state’s massive $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget represents missed opportunities for real tax reform and relief, backroom deals, big government spending, and one-time gimmicks say Republicans before casting their no votes from the Assembly floor on Wednesday. Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio: WATCH: GOP...

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Umba bill that would expand apprenticeship opportunities for NJ youth passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – Businesses struggling to find highly qualified workers may benefit from pre-apprenticeship programs, says Assemblyman Brandon Umba. Umba’s bill (S525/A280) that would allocate funds for those programs passed the General Assembly Thursday. It now goes to the governor’s desk for signing. “Everyone is aware of the work shortages...

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GOP education committee members ask chair to prioritize additional school safety measures

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brandon Umba and Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis voted favorably on all school safety-related bills during the Assembly Education Committee hearing on Thursday, but argued it was not enough and pressured Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt to prioritize additional measures to protect schoolchildren.    “This legislation is a step in...

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