Archive for Tag: Education

Dunn calls for more transparency from school boards

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn has been fighting to make the government process more transparent. Most recently, a public relations debacle involving a school board in her district, and the ensuing public outcry, prompted Dunn to introduce legislation (A5932) that requires those boards to publicly post full agendas...

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

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly passed a bill Monday that would allow school districts to be reimbursed for conducting regionalization feasibility studies. The bill (A5537), first released with amendments from the Assembly Education Committee June 9, is sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer. “New Jersey has the highest property taxes...

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Space bill promoting better trained workforce passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Parker Space’s bill allowing secondary classroom experience to satisfy existing education requirements in apprenticeship programs passed the Assembly Monday. Apprenticeship programs allow individuals to earn money while gaining on-the-job training, a job-related classroom education and industry-recognized credentials. Employers are able to develop specific training that...

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Judge sides with GOP lawmaker, Murphy administration must hand over Covid data used to justify state shutdowns by June 11

TRENTON, N.J. – In a victory for greater transparency and in pursuit of the truth, Assemblyman Erik Peterson was granted access to the N.J. Department of Health N.J. Department of Health’s county-level Covid-19 data by state Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson Tuesday. The state has until June 11...

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Assembly advances DiMaio bill requiring students with concussions to be evaluated by doctor

TRENTON, N.J. – Students with head injuries will need a doctor’s note before returning to school says an Assembly panel that approved a measure today sponsored by Assemblyman John DiMaio. The bill (A1599) requires all public school students to receive written clearance from a physician before going back to...

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Taking the best ideas across the county, Army-veteran lawmaker introduces sweeping veterans package

TRENTON, N.J. – In the past few years, New Jersey has honored its veterans with free beach access, hunting and fishing licenses, and hiring preferences for civil service jobs. A veteran lawmaker thinks it is time to quit what he calls the “soft-shoe” approach. Assemblyman Brian Bergen, who was...

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Murphy should adopt new CDC guidelines and open schools, says GOP lawmaker

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brian Bergen called on Gov. Phil Murphy to immediately implement the new social distancing guidelines issued Friday from the Centers for Disease Control, which allow students to sit three-feet apart instead of six feet. The updates were made after the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases published...

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District 12 lawmakers slam Murphy administration for slashing school funding

TRENTON, N.J. – Sen. Samuel Thompson and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton slammed Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration for proposing cuts to schools across the state, including those represented by the lawmakers in Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.  The lawmakers received an email from Department of Education Acting...

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Murphy’s bloated budget still underfunds schools, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn criticized Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget for shortchanging schools despite increasing spending by $4.5 billion this year and funding six new pet projects to the cost of more than $95 million. “The governor’s budget funds more free college and preschool when our kids aren’t...

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DeCroce says schools should skip standardized tests, focus on statewide plan to open schools

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Forcing school children to take standardized tests this year would be an unnecessary burden heaped on students, parents and teachers, says Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, a member of the Joint Committee on Public Schools. “I don’t know what of value would be gained by forcing students to...

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