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  • NJ A1016
  • Establishes task force to study issues related to the establishment of full-day kindergarten.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(2/29/2016)
Crossed Over
(2/18/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes a 21-member task force to study and evaluate issues associated with the establishment and implementation of full-day kindergarten. The task force will be comprised of: the Commissioner of Education; one public member appointed by the President of the Senate; one public member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; one public member appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly; one public member appointed by the Minority Leader of the General Assembly; and 16 members appointed by the Governor, including three superintendents of schools, two elementary school principals, two kindergarten teachers, one member upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Education Association, one member upon the recommendation of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, one member upon the recommendation of the New Jersey School Boards Association, one member upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, one member upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, one member upon the recommendation of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, and three members of the public, at least one of whom will be a parent. Public members appointed to the task force will have expertise related to the work of the task force. The task force will study and consider issues including, but not limited to: - review of existing research, studies, and data concerning full-day kindergarten, including studies that examine the long-term academic impact and the social and emotional impact of full-day kindergarten; - implementation issues associated with full-day kindergarten, including but not limited to, staffing needs, facility space, and class size; - funding needed for full-day kindergarten, including sources of funding; - curriculum comparisons between full-day kindergarten and half-day kindergarten; - opinions and recommendations of parents and elementary school teachers regarding full-day kindergarten; and - the feasibility of offering full-day kindergarten in school districts Statewide. The task force is required to issue a final report to the Governor and the Legislature within one year of its organization, which contains the task force's findings and recommendations regarding the establishment of full-day kindergarten.
Education, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee  (on 2/29/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/29/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
2/18/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (63-8-4)
2/8/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/8/2016 Assembly Education Hearing (10:00 2/8/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/18/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 63 8 9
Detail 2/8/2016 Assembly Education Committee: Reported with Amendments 7 0 4