Archive for Tag: Department of Education

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 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 repealing controversial sex-ed curriculum, putting parents on advisory boards introduced in Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – Following through on his public promise to repeal New Jersey’s controversial sex education curriculum, Assemblyman Alex Sauickie recently introduced a bill eliminating the state’s standards and empowering parents to inform future instruction. “Unaccountable bureaucrats creating inappropriate learning standards and forcing their agenda on children and schools...

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Learning loss scores are a historic wake-up call, says Munoz

TRENTON, N.J. – Learning loss is the most pressing issue in education, said Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz. Within the past week, the state Assembly has held a hearing on the topic and the National Assessment of Educational Progress released its results showing New Jersey had a worse decline than the...

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Eulner and Piperno say Murphy administration’s testing in schools doesn’t address immediate need for more student support

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen Kim Eulner and Marilyn Piperno say the Department of Education’s directive to schools requiring additional Start Strong assessments in the fall fails to help students who need the extra support now. The Monmouth County lawmakers argue it illustrates the Murphy administration’s lack of planning and...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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