Archive for Tag: Education

Climate change curriculum needs to teach children how, not what, to think, Scharfenberger says

TRENTON, N.J. – Supported by New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and signed into law in June 2020, New Jersey is the first state in the nation to mandate that all public schools teach climate change in all grades. Those lessons start this school year. Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, a...

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McClellan and Simonsen call on Murphy to sign bill that addresses teachers’ shortage

  TRENTON, N.J. – As the teachers’ shortage continues to worsen in New Jersey, Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen are instructing Gov. Phil Murphy to skip the field trips to the White House and instead return to his seat, grab a pen, and complete his assignment—sign into a law...

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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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Eulner and Piperno call on Murphy administration to rescind onerous Covid mandates in N.J. schools

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen Kim Eulner and Marilyn Piperno argue it’s time to drop the onerous Covid-19 testing and vaccine requirements in schools following a top health official’s statement rejecting more mandates and amid the statewide teacher shortage. In an interview with NJ Spotlight News, state health commissioner Judy...

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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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Umba bill would expand apprenticeship opportunities for NJ youth

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 cleared the Assembly Labor Committee Thursday. It now goes to the speaker for further consideration. “Everyone is aware of the work...

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Bill that would allow homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular activities advances

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Education Committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would allow all homeschooled students in New Jersey to participate in extracurricular activities in their hometown school districts. Assemblymen Jay Webber and Hal Wirths are sponsoring the bill (A1041). “This bill is really about fairness to...

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Children need more ABCs, less S-E-X, amid learning loss, inequitable funding slashes

TRENTON, N.J. – Schools must be fully funded and return to a rigorous focus on academics to combat learning loss, Assemblywomen Marilyn Piperno and Kim Eulner said. With the state’s Start Strong assessment showing significant learning loss as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy’s pandemic lockdown policies, their call...

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Freshman GOP lawmakers cry foul after Gopal strikes out amid pushback of new sex-ed standards

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen Kim Eulner and Marilyn Piperno are calling out Sen. Vin Gopal on his latest effort to revise New Jersey’s planned sex education classes. The assemblywomen say his bill, announced on Tuesday, is damage control for Democrats in response to the justifiable growing outrage from parents...

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