Diegnan Bill to Prevent School Districts from Having State Aid Withheld Based on Student PARCC Participation Now Law


SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. to prevent the state from unjustly punishing a school district, by withholding state aid because the majority of the district's students refuse to take the PARCC test is now law.

Earlier this year, the state commissioner of education suggested the possibility of withholding state aid if a significant number of students in a district do not take an assessment. 

"Threatening to cut state aid to districts for a decision made entirely by parents - a decision they believe is in the best interest of their children - is unreasonable," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex), who chairs the Assembly Education Committee and sponsored a bill to allow parents to opt their children out of the PARCC test. "Losing funds would put school districts already stretching their dollars in a financial predicament. This law will prevent districts from being penalized for matters beyond their control and protect students who would ultimately be the ones hurt by such an action."

The law (A-4485) prohibits the state commissioner of education from withholding state school aid from a school district based on the participation rate of its students on the state assessments.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.  

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Edison

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 10:00 AM

NJ Convention and Exposition Center, Edison

82nd Annual Garden State Cat Show & Expo

Giving Back Other

Wed, July 25, 7:00 PM

Washington Park, Dunellen

Free Music in the Park | Princesa - Pop / Latin

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, August 1, 7:00 PM

Washington Park, Dunellen

Free Music in the Park | Rockabilly Roadhouse

Arts & Entertainment

Nearly $900K Bid Received for Construction of New New Brunswick Park

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Only one company submitted a bid to build a new city park on land where three abandoned houses once stood.

A-Tech Concrete of Edison submitted a bid of $897,316.25 to construct a park on Welton Street, near Drift Street.

This was the only bid that city Purchasing Department received before the deadline this morning.

New Brunswick demolished three abandoned home on the ...

Mayors Push for Law Permitting Driver's License for Immigrants

July 20, 2018

PERTH AMBOY, NJ - Five mayors from northern and central New Jersey today called for passage of a state law permitting immigrants to get driver's licenses even if they are undocumented, saying it boosts public safety as well as the economy.

"This is important for every resident for a better life and a better life for the state of New Jersey," said Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda ...

The Somerset Patriots And 9-1-1 On FOX Are Looking For Hero First Responders

July 20, 2018

The Somerset Patriots and 9-1-1 On FOX are asking for Hero First Responder nominations from the community.

Nominate a first responder to be recognized on the field during the pre-game ceremony and throw out a ceremonial first pitch at the Saturday, August 4th Somerset Patriots game against the New Britain Bees at TD Bank Ballpark. Three first responders will be chosen from the nominations to ...

Crowdfunding Options for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Source: Many small start-up businesses and tech ventures in search of capital turn to popular online platforms for crowd fundraising of financial resources to get their concept off the ground and launched into market. Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and GoFundMe, to name a few, offer solutions in generating cash to fund new ideas. How do you get people to contribute to your cause?  Sam Burlum ...