Besides passing the state budget, the Senate and Assembly on Monday approved other key education-related bills. They include:
State Board Appeals A-45 would eliminate appeals before the State Board of Education in disputes arising under state education law that were decided by the Commissioner of Education. Currently, commissioner decisions are appealed to the State Board before going to the appellate court.
Twins A-1671 would allow parents, not schools, to determine whether their twin children (or other multiples) should be placed in the same classroom. If the situation is disruptive to the classroom, the principal could consult with the parents and teachers and then ask the school board to make the final determination regarding placement of the children. The legislation now goes to Gov. Jon Corzine.
Monday was the final meeting of the Legislature before its summer recess. It is expected to reconvene in the fall.