CODEY, McKEON & JASEY CONDEMN THREATS AGAINST JEWISH COMMUNITY

TRENTON – Senator Richard J. Codey and Assembly Democrats John F. McKeon and Mila Jasey (D-Morris/Essex) issued the following statement Tuesday in response to bomb threats that forced evacuations at several Jewish schools and community centers, including the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, on Monday:

“The recent spike in bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), along with the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, amount to nothing less than an attack on every American and every religion of the world. These incidents, coupled with the recent shootings of Indian-Americans in Kansas and many other notable hate crimes, are signs that this is a time for every American, especially those in a position of power, to speak up loud and clear against such actions.

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FINE PRINT: ASSEMBLY MOVES TO END PARCC AS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – NJ SPOTLIGHT

Committee acts on little-used parliamentary tool, but effort still has a ways to travel

What it is: Assembly Concurrent Resolution 215 (ACR 215)

Prime sponsors: State Assemblywomen Mila Jasey and Marlene Caride

What it does: Employing a little-used parliamentary tool, the concurrent resolution demands that the State Board of Education reverse its move last August to require New Jersey high school students to pass certain sections of PARCC in order to graduate, starting with the Class of 2021. The measure overwhelmingly passed the Assembly education committee this week and moves next to the full Assembly. It has yet to be posted in the Senate.

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Downey, Houghtaling, Jasey, Singleton, Holley & Caride Bill to Require State to Provide Education for Students Living in Homeless Shelters Outside of School District Clears Assembly

2/15  (TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Mila Jasey, Troy Singleton, James Holley and Marlene Caride to require the state to pay the educational costs for certain students who reside in a homeless shelter outside of their district of residence was approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.

“Children and youth who experience homelessness face many barriers to education,” said Downey (D-Monmouth County). “School can be a source of stability for a young person and family who have lost their housing.”

“The legislation will help ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to a public education,” said Houghtaling (D- Monmouth County). “Education is important to every child, and even more critical to a child who has endured homelessness and other unfortunate experiences in life.”

The state is currently required to pay the educational costs of any student who resides for more than one year in a domestic violence shelter or transitional living facility located outside the student’s district of residents.

This bill provides that, in addition, the state will pay the educational costs of a student who resides for more than one year in a homeless shelter located outside the student’s district of residence.

“For a child whose life is filled with uncertainty and loss, school can be a place of safety, structure, and opportunity,” said Jasey (D-Essex, Morris). “Eliminating barriers to school enrollment and for children facing homelessness ensures the opportunity for academic success.”

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2/13/2017 Jasey & Caride Measure Calling on State Board of Ed to Amend/Withdraw PARCC as Graduation Requirement because it is Inconsistent with Legislative Intent Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - The Assembly Education Committee on Monday approved a concurrent resolution sponsored by Assemblywomen Mila Jasey (D- Essex/Morris) and Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) that calls on the state Board of Education to amend or withdraw its high school graduation proficiency regulations because they are inconsistent with legislative intent.

The regulations were revised last year to make the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test a graduation requirement for high school students.

 

The resolution (ACR-215) asserts the revised regulations are not consistent with the intent of the Legislature, and calls on the state Board of Education to revise or withdraw the regulations.

 

"It is clear that the PARCC is in conflict with the intent of the Legislature and should not be used or relied on to make graduation determinations" said Jasey, who is a member of the committee. "The PARCC test was not designed as a graduation test and further undermines PARCC'S supporters who contend that the value of the test is found in the feedback it provides to improve a student's learning. It should not be used as a punitive instrument against students and teachers."

"The PARCC has created confusion and discord since it was announced. We cannot evaluate student proficiency and base a student's ability to graduate on a flawed system," said Caride, who chairs the committee. "It is time for the state Board of Education to revisit the graduation requirements and put forth an assessment that does not put the future of our students in peril."

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Video: Jasey on Invalidating Use of PARCC Test as Graduation Requirement

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) discusses her legislation (ACR-215) that would invalidate the Christie administration's plan to make the PARCC test a graduation requirement for high school students. The bill was advanced Monday by the Assembly Education Committee.

Watch the video here.

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Vainieri Huttle, Jasey & Mukherji Bill to Expand Steroid Testing for High School Athletes Gains Final Legislative OK

Feb. 13, 2017 (TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey and Raj Mukherji to expand steroid testing and education throughout New Jersey high schools was approved 37-0 Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

“Student athletes who see steroids as a quick fix, fail to realize how detrimental they can be to a person’s physical and psychological health,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “I can understand how a young person who has hopes of playing professionally wants to get an edge over the competition, but risking your health is not worth it. Random testing of student athletes can help deter steroid use among young people who might be more concerned with getting caught than the harmful side effects.”

The bill (A-2353) builds upon the recommendations in the December 2005 report of the Governor’s Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention by expanding the state’s existing random steroid testing program beyond just those athletes who qualify for playoffs to include student athletes in general.

“Young people often tend to be more impulsive and willing to take risks, regardless of whether it puts their health in danger,” said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). “Random testing, coupled with an information campaign focused on prevention, can help keep student athletes away from steroids and its harmful side effects.”

The bill requires the Department of Education and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) to work jointly to develop and implement, by the next school year, a program of random steroid testing of student-athletes. Under the bill, any person who coaches a public school district or nonpublic school interscholastic sport, dance, or cheerleading team must incorporate into the team’s training activities a gender-specific program designed to reduce the use of steroids and performance enhancing supplements, alcohol, and drugs, and to promote healthy nutrition and exercise.

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“Chatham Moms For Change"

chatham_a.JPGHosted Assemblywoman Mila Jasey at the Library of the Chathams, Tuesday, Jan. 31, for a "discussion on impacting change, and how to organize and make a difference.


"School Funding Reform Act of 2008," P.L.2007, c.260 PUBLIC MEETING

COMMITTEE MEETING - FEBRUARY 1, 2017

The Assembly Education Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the Bergen County Administration Building, Freeholder Public Meeting Room, 5th Floor, One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.

The committee will receive testimony from members of the public regarding the "School Funding Reform Act of 2008," P.L.2007, c.260, and other matters related to education funding in the State.

Persons wishing to testify should register with the Office of Legislative Services at (609) 847-3850 and should submit 15 copies of written testimony on the day of the hearing.  Oral testimony will be limited to three minutes.  Persons who are not presenting oral testimony may submit 15 copies of written testimony for consideration by the committee and inclusion in the record.

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Trump Actions on Immigration Threaten National Security, Fail to Reflect American Values

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Morris/Essex) issued the following statement Monday to condemn President Donald J. Trump's executive order denying refugees and citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entry into the United States:

 

"This nation began as a refuge. Since its founding, the United States of America has been a symbol of hope for people living in fear in faraway lands. Men and women come here and - perhaps for the first time in their lives - don't have to worry about bombs destroying their homes or terrorist groups conscripting their children. We have welcomed them with open arms, because fundamentally, that's who we are - a people fiercely committed to standing up for and sharing our ideals of freedom, justice and democracy."…

 

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Affordable Care Act - Changes and Effects

Last night as his first order of business the new president signed an executive order to repeal the ACA. Here's what this means... even if you are safely covered behind employer-provided insurance, the protections set forth in the ACA (Affordable Care Act), apply to you too. And if those protections are repealed along with the rest (or any part) of the program, you will also be affected.
That means you may be trapped in a job, because your pre-existing condition may mean you will not qualify for new insurance offered by another employer, and the cost of private insurance would be prohibitive. If your employer shuts down, lays you off, or even changes insurers, well, you are out of luck. The Senate GOP voted this week that they would not require an eventual ACA replacement to protect against discrimination for pre-existing conditions, which was the standard before the ACA.
It means that you (a young adult under the age of 26) or your adult children (over 18) may find yourselves without the protection of insurance, as the Senate GOP voted last night that an eventual ACA replacement will not be required to allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance up to the age of 26.
It means that if you have a high-risk pregnancy, or life-threatening illness such as cancer, you may not be able to afford all the care you need, because you may hit lifetime or annual caps. If you have an infant born with any kind of severe medical condition, or premature, they may hit their lifetime insurance cap before they are old enough to walk. The Senate GOP voted last night that an eventual ACA replacement program would not be required to prohibit lifetime insurance caps.
It means that if you are a struggling parent who is uninsured or under-insured, you will no longer be able to count on at least your kids getting the routine medical and dental care they need under the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). The Senate GOP voted that CHIP is not required to be protected by an eventual ACA replacement.
These provisions of the ACA affect everyone in this country, not just those without insurance through their employers.
If you are not okay with these changes, call your representatives and let them know what's important to you. Nothing has been set in stone yet, but our legislators have shown us a map of what they plan to do if constituents don't make their voices heard loud and clear.
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