Senate advances bills to strengthen career and technical education, update schools water infrastructure
TRENTON – In an effort to implement technical and vocational education programs, improve school safety and ensure safe drinking water in New Jersey schools, the Senate today adopted a series of Law that would allocate project grants from the Fund for the Future of Our Children, a bond initiative approved by voters in 2018.
Sponsors of the four-bill package include Senate Speaker Steve Sweeney, Senate Pro Tempore Speaker Mr. Teresa Ruiz, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Sandra Cunningham, Senator Shirley Turner and Senator Dawn Addiego.
“There are few things we do here that are more important than investing in the hopes and dreams of our children,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester / Salem / Cumberland). “It means providing them with all the opportunities to learn and grow. This set of bills will provide students with professional skills for the modern workforce, improve their safety and security in classrooms, and protect their health and well-being by ensuring clean water.
The invoice package includes:
S-3959, sponsored by Senator Addiego and Senator Turner, which appropriates $ 66,173,243 in grants for various safety projects in certain school districts.
“We all know how important proper school safety is to the safety and well-being of our schoolchildren,” said Senator Addiego (D-Atlantic/ Burlington / Camden). “This allowance will bring more than just peace of mind to the parents and guardians of our students, but will help to provide real guarantees, such as the installation of at least one panic alarm in every primary and secondary public school. to use in case of school. security emergency.
S-3960, sponsored by Senator Cunningham, who appropriates $ 6,608,212 in grants for water infrastructure projects in certain school districts.
“According to the World Health Organization, there is no known ‘safe level’ from exposure to lead. Research has shown that even low levels of lead exposure can adversely affect children’s health and impair their cognitive development, ”said Senator Cunningham (D-Hudson). “These grants will be specially targeted to help us begin to tackle a long neglected area of public health and to address the contamination of drinking water in our schools.”
S-3961, sponsored by Sen. Cunningham and Sen. Ruiz, which appropriates $ 26,456,996 in grants for vocational and technical education at county colleges.
“Our county colleges provide valuable career development for students across the state, providing them with pathways to higher salaries and greater upward mobility,” said Senator Ruiz (D-Essex). “This funding will allow them to expand their services at a time when many residents are eager to seize new opportunities. “
S-3962, sponsored by Senator Sweeney, Senator Turner and Senator Ruiz, which appropriates $ 222,904,769 in grants awarded for the expansion of vocational and technical education in vocational school districts across the county.
“Vocational schools in the county have been eagerly awaiting this funding since the announcement of the Bonds Act,” said Senator Turner (D-Mercer / Hunterdon). “We have an abundance of students eager to pursue training in addition to their high school diploma and this allocation will allow schools in the state to accept more applicants, which will expand opportunities and strengthen our labor pool. of work. “