December 6, 2017
The following Legislative Activity took place, November 30, 2017:

S-1472 Ruiz
Establishes pilot program in DOE to recruit disadvantaged or minority men to teach in certain failing schools under alternate route program.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

A-5209 Caride
Requires Commissioner of Education to develop and implement Spanish-language version of English Language Arts/Literacy section of assessments developed by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-5227 Greenwald
Authorizes school district that moves its annual school election to November to submit separate proposals for additional spending for budget year and subsequent budget year.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

S-3559 Sweeney/Ruiz
Provides certain immunity to board of director members and employees of private schools for students with disabilities if they report incidents of bullying in compliance with school policy.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee; Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

The following Legislative Activity took place, December 4, 2017:

A-1889 Wisniewski/DeAngelo/Jimenez/Singleton
Requires written security plan when school is polling place and open to students; provides that schools may be used as polling places only under certain circumstances; makes an appropriation.
Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

A-2352 Vainieri Huttle/Maher Muoio/Singleton/Caputo/Jasey
Requires Commissioner of Education to include data on chronic absenteeism and disciplinary suspensions on School Report Card and requires public schools to make certain efforts to combat chronic absenteeism.
Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

A-4404 Greenwald
Permits local units and school districts to invest in local government investment pools managed in accordance with applicable Governmental Accounting Standards Board guidelines.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading

A-5074 Quijano
Directs Department of Education to survey fire suppression systems in public and nonpublic school buildings.
Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

A-5155 / A-5159 Quijano
Requires provision of water safety instruction as part of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.
Reported from Assembly Comm. as a Substitute, 2nd Reading

A-5204 Caride
Requires Commissioner of Education to develop guidance on identifying English language learners who have special needs.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

A-5217 Bramnick
Mandates additional requirements for anti-bullying policies for public schools, expands information provided in DOE guidance document on bullying, and requires parents be provided clear explanation of student rights in school bullying investigations.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-5221 Benson/Pintor Marin
Establishes "Restorative Justice in Education Pilot Program" in Department of Education.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-5223 Sumter
Requires school district to provide transportation to public school students who do not live remote from facility being used temporarily while school building of attendance is renovated.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-5224 Sumter
Prohibits New Jersey Schools Development Authority and school districts from selling or leasing school buildings for school purposes if building conditions pose risk to students or staff.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-5227 Greenwald
Authorizes school district that moves its annual school election to November to submit separate proposals for additional spending for budget year and subsequent budget year.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-5238 Bucco
Requires individuals appointed to serve as school anti-bullying specialist and district anti-bullying coordinator to serve in those capacities full-time.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-5254 Benson/Quijano
Requires New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to allow public high schools in same school district to enter into cooperative sports programs if schools are unable to field varsity teams individually.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

AR-113 DeAngelo/McKnight
Designates February 2018 as "Career and Technical Education Month" in New Jersey.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading

S-447 Allen/Ruiz
Requires Commissioner of Education to include data on chronic absenteeism and disciplinary suspensions on School Report Card and requires public schools to make certain efforts to combat chronic absenteeism.
Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

S-2704 Diegnan, Jr./Ruiz
Establishes grant program for school districts and charter schools to develop dual language immersion programs.
Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

S-2978 Beach/Cruz-Perez
Permits local units and school districts to invest in local government investment pools managed in accordance with applicable Governmental Accounting Standards Board guidelines.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading

S-3564 Bucco
Requires individuals appointed to serve as school anti-bullying specialist and district anti-bullying coordinator to serve in those capacities full-time.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-3587 Beach/Bateman
Requires New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to require criminal history records check for person to serve as official at athletic events sanctioned by association.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-3589 Singer
Requires school districts to provide instruction on water safety as part of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

SJR-21 Lesniak/Vitale
Urges President and Congress to amend Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to include substance use disorder among disabilities qualifying children for special education programs and services.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

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