Archive for Tag: Department of Education

School funding in budget isn’t enough, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn doesn’t want Gov. Phil Murphy to get away with underfunding schools and possibly putting federal funding in jeopardy. She says Murphy should fully fund schools, his constitutional duty, immediately. “We have a teacher shortage, skyrocketing bus contracts, and student mental health problems and...

Read More

McCarthy Patrick solution for school staffing crisis allows retired bus drivers, lunch aides, custodians to return to work

TRENTON, N.J. – As schools struggle to find bus drivers who can safely transport kids and custodians who can sanitize classrooms, Assemblywoman Bethanne McCarthy Patrick eyes an opportunity for retired non-instructional staff. To help alleviate the pandemic-exacerbated staff shortages in schools, she recently introduced a bill that would allow...

Read More

Assembly passes Dancer bill creating grant program to study school district regionalization

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill reimbursing school districts for conducting regionalization feasibility studies was back in the Assembly on Monday to concur with the governor’s recommendations. The legislation (A5537/S3488) offers incentives for districts to consolidate and removes statutory barriers in an effort to improve educational quality and...

Read More

Dancer and Clifton announce increased funding for Ocean, Monmouth County schools

TRENTON, N.J. – The N.J. Department of Education is slated to release more than $11.5 million in aid to four school districts in Ocean and Monmouth counties, Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton announced Thursday. The lawmakers, who were outspoken critics of Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to cut millions...

Read More

Dancer proposes school bus safety reforms to protect children from dangerous operators

TRENTON, N.J. – Following a staggering report by the USA TODAY Network that revealed dangerous bus operators were able to continue transporting students, Assemblyman Ron Dancer introduced legislation to close loopholes and improve oversight of the school transportation system.  Dancer’s bill (A5400) establishes a school bus safety coordinator in...

Read More

School districts will have additional time to complete annual audits

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill extending the deadline for school districts to complete this year’s annual audit by two months was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy today. Each of the nearly 600 school districts in New Jersey must submit annual audits of their accounts and...

Read More

Assembly advances Dancer’s bill to extend deadline for annual school district audits

TRENTON, N.J. – Acknowledging Covid-19 disruptions in schools, the Assembly advanced legislation extending the deadline to complete this year’s annual audit by two months. Each of the nearly 600 school districts in New Jersey must submit annual audits of their accounts and financial transactions to the board of education...

Read More

Ensuring children’s health and safety during state of emergency is paramount says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – As National Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn is ensuring we keep children’s health and safety top of mind through a new bill she plans to introduce next week. Dunn’s bill would require New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families to...

Read More

Peterson slams Education Department for miscalculating school aid

CLINTON, N.J. – The Department of Education confirmed using 2018 tax data instead of 2019 to determine 2021’s school funding and made no indication that it would be corrected. Assemblyman Erik Peterson is pushing the Murphy administration to immediately address the error and recalculate school aid. The seven-year school...

Read More