The Senate Education Committee on Monday advanced a bill that would create a statewide pilot program to lengthen the school day and school year. Under the bill, S-2087, up to 25 interested school districts could apply to the state Commissioner of Education to participate in the three-year pilot, which has a goal of studying the effects that a longer school day and school year would have on student achievement.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Teresa M. Ruiz, chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Sen. Shirley K. Turner. There is no requirement or mandate. The proposal also includes a provision to fund the pilot program through credits generated from the Corporation Business Tax.
NJSBA supported the proposal because it would allow for an exploration of one component of education reform at the discretion of local districts. Local determination would be preserved, as no district would be required to participate. In addition, the proposal identifies a supplemental revenue stream to fund the pilot without reallocating already scarce school aid resources.
Other Bills The committee on Monday heard other legislative proposals, supported by NJSBA, dealing primarily with student health:
Other bills considered at the Sept. 24 hearing included:
All of the bills were released from the Senate Education Committee and will be forwarded to the full Senate for future consideration.