NJASA Legislative Updates
December 14, 2018
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The following Legislative Activity took place, December 6, 2018:

A-131 DeAngelo/Lopez/Murphy
Requires Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines to encourage high school students to participate in apprenticeship training.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

A-557 Moriarty/Caputo/Lagana/Downey
Requires the adoption of nepotism policies by school districts and charter schools.
Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments , 2nd Reading

A-674 Jasey/Caputo/Maher Muoio
Requires teachers of health and physical education in grades kindergarten through six in public schools to possess appropriate endorsement to instructional certificate.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments , 2nd Reading

A-1335 Gusciora/Eustace/Vainieri Huttle/Jasey/Downey
Requires boards of education to include instruction, and adopt instructional materials, that accurately portray political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments , 2nd Reading

A-3141 Lampitt
Establishes pilot program in DOE to recruit disadvantaged or minority men to teach in certain underperforming schools under alternate route program.
Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments , and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

A-3448 DeAngelo
Establishes "Career and Technical Education Scholar Awards" to annually recognize outstanding career and technical education students.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

A-4574 Benson/Swain/Tully
Requires provision in school transportation contracts for termination of contract for certain misconduct by school bus contractor; authorizes temporary debarment of certain school bus contractors.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments , 2nd Reading

A-4597 Schaer/Swain/Tully
Makes supplemental appropriation of $11,300,000 from General Fund to DOE to increase per pupil funding for nonpublic security aid from $75 to $150.
Transferred to Assembly Budget Committee; Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

A-4754 Vainieri Huttle
Requires school districts which participate in Statewide interscholastic sports programs to adopt New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association heat and humidity practice policy.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-4755 Vainieri Huttle/Mukherji
Provides that student-athlete who sustains concussion must return to regular school activities prior to return to competition; requires school districts to implement five-step return-to-competition process.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-4756 Vainieri Huttle
Requires public school instruction in suicide prevention to be provided in grades kindergarten through 12 and include certain elements.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

AJR-180 DeAngelo/McKnight
Designates February in each year as "Career and Technical Education Month" in New Jersey.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

S-372 Rice/Singleton
Requires Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines to encourage high school students to participate in apprenticeship training.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

S-703 Ruiz/Singleton
Establishes pilot program in DOE to recruit disadvantaged or minority men to teach in certain underperforming schools under alternate route program.
Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments , 2nd Reading; Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

S-858 Turner/Diegnan, Jr.
Requires teachers of health and physical education in grades kindergarten through six in public schools to possess appropriate endorsement to instructional certificate.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

S-1569 Weinberg/Ruiz
Requires boards of education to include instruction, and adopt instructional materials, that accurately portray political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments , 2nd Reading

S-1960 Diegnan, Jr./Beach
Permits school bus driver to administer epinephrine to student in emergency under certain circumstances.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

S-2575 Diegnan, Jr.
Establishes task force to examine and make recommendations regarding implementation of "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act."
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

S-2637 Lagana
Requires the adoption of nepotism policies by school districts and charter schools.
Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading

S-2676 Bucco/Lagana
Requires boards of education and nonpublic schools to provide law enforcement authorities with copies of blueprints and maps of schools and school grounds.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

S-2804 Ruiz/Turner
Requires young children entering public schools or Head Start Programs for first time to have comprehensive eye examination completed.
Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments , 2nd Reading

S-3255 Ruiz
Requires certain school meal information be provided to public school students' parents and requires school districts to request that families apply for school meals under certain circumstances.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-3258 Beach
"Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act"; establishes school district responsibilities in educating gifted and talented students.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-3260 Rice
Prohibits school district from denying admittance to student due to tardiness or violation of dress code or school uniform policy.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-3267 Madden, Jr./Sweeney
Requires that executive county superintendents of schools who are members of certain boards of education serve as non-voting members.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-3268 Sweeney/Corrado
Eliminates NJ Schools Development Authority and transfers its school construction responsibilities to EDA.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

SJR-53 Ruiz/Turner
Designates the second Friday of December of each year as "Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRPs) in Our Schools Day" in New Jersey to recognize the contributions of paraprofessionals and school-related personnel.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

SR-67 Turner
Urges school administrators, teachers, parents, and students to be better educated about potential health impacts of heavy backpacks and take proactive measures to avoid injury.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

SR-86 Ruiz/Greenstein
Urges public and nonpublic schools to annually provide parents opportunity to observe school security drill.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

The following Legislative Activity took place, December 10, 2018:

A-4793 Zwicker
Provides that State pay tax levy portion of charter school funding currently provided by resident school district.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-4794 Zwicker
Establishes certain requirements concerning charter school financial reporting and prohibits charter school from contracting with for-profit charter management organization.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-4795 Zwicker
Requires approval by voters or board of school estimate to establish, expand number of grade levels, or enlarge region of residence of charter schools.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-4796 Zwicker
Requires charter school to achieve enrollment of student demographics of charter school district of residence and eliminates sibling enrollment priority in certain circumstances.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-4797 Zwicker
Directs Commissioner of Education to maintain charter school waiting lists for admission.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-4799 Lopez/Coughlin
Permits self-administration of hydrocortisone sodium succinate by students for adrenal insufficiency and requires that school districts and nonpublic schools establish policy for emergency administration of medication.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

A-4808 McKnight
Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns to State aid for public schools.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee