Legislative Update Masthead
TO:
FROM:
DATE:
RE:
NJASA Members
Melanie Schulz, NJASA Director of Government Relations
June 28, 2016
NJASA Legislative Update
On June 20, 2016 the following legislative activity occurred:

A-313 Singleton/Lampitt/Quijano/Pintor Marin/Vainieri Huttle
Requires certain additional school district personnel to complete training program on suicide prevention.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

A-1030 Jasey/Wolfe/McKnight
Requires each board of education to adopt policy establishing temperature control standards and guidelines for school district facilities.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading

A-1882 Wimberly/Spencer/Sumter
Prohibits certain school districts under State intervention from leasing building if purchase price would be less than total costs of lease.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

A-2292 Vainieri Huttle/Benson/McKnight
Requires review of Core Curriculum Content Standards to ensure guidence for substance abuse instruction provided to public school students incorporates most recent evidence-based standards and practices.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

A-2873 Egan Jones
Requires completion of a computer science class as part of the high school graduation requirements.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading

A-3396 McKnight/Chiaravalloti
Requires financial literacy instruction to pupils enrolled in grades kindergarten through eight.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

A-3629 Bucco/Diegnan, Jr./Rible/Singleton/Caride
Establishes Class Three special law enforcement officers to provide security in public and nonpublic schools and county colleges.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading

A-3652 Kean/Rible
Establishes three-year nonpublic school pupil transportation pilot program in Lakewood School District to provide funding to consortium of nonpublic schools that will assume responsibility for district's mandated nonpublic school busing.
Transferred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

A-3790 Vainieri Huttle
Limits expulsions and suspensions for students in preschool through grade 2 with certain exceptions; requires early detection and prevention programs for behavioral issues in preschool through grade 2.
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

A-3879 Singleton/Ciattarelli
Requires school district to adopt policy allowing students in grades 9 through 12 who participate in certain interscholastic extracurricular activities to earn varsity letter.
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading

A-1657 Schaer/Vainieri Huttle/Lampitt/Mosquera/Sumter/WImberly     
Establishes "breakfast after the bell" incentive fund.
Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate

A-2158 Diegnan, Jr./Coughlin/Wolfe/Holley/McKnight 
Authorizes use of emergency reserve fund or proceeds from bonds issued by EDA to finance school security improvements.
Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate

A-3347 Diegnan, Jr./Wolfe/Holley/Jasey/McKnight 
Establishes New Jersey School Safety Specialist Academy in Department of Education and requires school districts to designate school safety specialist.
Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate

S-436 Allen/Ruiz
Requires Department of Education to encourage boards of education to offer instruction in media literacy.
Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate
 
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 out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate

S-2168 Cruz-Perez 
Establishes "breakfast after the bell" incentive fund.
Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate

S-2241 Diegnan, Jr. 
Authorizes use of emergency reserve fund or proceeds from bonds issued by EDA to finance school security improvements.
Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate

S-2242 Diegnan, Jr.  
Establishes New Jersey School Safety Specialist Academy in Department of Education and requires school districts to designate school safety specialist.
Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate

S-2372 Sweeney/Ruiz 
Establishes State School Aid Funding Fairness Commission.
Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate

S-2396 Ruiz 
Requires State to pay educational costs of students who reside in homeless shelter outside district of residence for more than one year.
Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee

S-2397 Ruiz/Diegnan, Jr. 
Directs State Board of Education to authorize computer science education endorsement to instructional certificate.
Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee
 
 
On June 20, 2016 the following bills were introduced and referred to the Assembly Education Committee:

A-3923 Danielson
Provides adjustment to school district tax levy cap for expenditures associated with opening of new school facility during budget year.
 
A-3925 Danielson
Modifies various aspects of charter school program including approval, student admissions and enrollment procedures, and board of trustee membership.
   
A-3929 Downey/Houghtaling/Singleton/Benson 
Establishes State School Aid Funding Fairness Commission.

A-3936 Singleton
"Student Online Personal Protection Act."

A-3940 Wolfe
Establishes Task Force on School District Regionalization.

A-3944 Mazzeo/Lagana/Vainieri Huttle/Benson
Requires DOE to develop educational fact sheet for distribution to parents of student-athletes and cheerleaders concerning use and misuse of prescription opioids.

A-3952 Gusciora
Requires school districts to provide information on affirmative consent standard as part of core curriculum content standards.
 
A-3953 Burzichelli/Caride
Provides that sensors required on newly-manufactured school buses be placed around bus in accordance with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration guidelines and will not be required until one year following enactment of original law.

A-3963 Munoz
Permits boards of education to convey certain school property to nonprofit senior citizen organizations for nominal consideration.

A-3964 Jasey/Caputo
Requires teachers of health and physical education in grades kindergarten through six in public schools to possess appropriate endorsement to instructional certificate.
 
A-3976 Dancer
Requires Attorney General to provide assistance to public schools in legal proceedings related to reduction in federal aid in certain cases if school is compliant with NJ Law Against Discrimination.

ACR56 Jasey/Wolfe 
Urges Commissioner of Education to suspend regulations on school district superintendent maximum salary amount for certain contract terms, and not to readopt at sunset.

AR156 Lagana/Mazzeo/Houghtaling/Downey 
Urges school districts and nonpublic schools to adopt policy to address abuse of prescription opioids by students.