Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to better track and address chronic absenteeism at New Jersey public schools was advanced today by the Senate Education Committee.
A recent study of New Jersey schools by the non-profit Advocates for Children of New Jersey revealed that about 125,000 kindergarten to 12th grade students, approximately 10 percent of the state’s total public school student population, were chronically absent in the 2013-2014 school year. Chronic absenteeism is defined as having missed 10 percent of the school year, equal to 18 days of a traditional school year, due to excused and unexcused absences not including absences due to chronic medical conditions.
“Far too many students are repeatedly missing days of school and they are falling behind their classmates as a result,” said Allen. “We can’t expect students to succeed if they aren’t even in the classroom. This legislation adds emphasis to the importance of school attendance and it will help identify and address some of the issues that lead to chronic absenteeism.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has introduced bipartisan legislation to better track and address chronic absenteeism at New Jersey public schools.
“Chronic absenteeism is a significant problem in too many schools and the consequences can be life altering,” said Allen. “Students who miss such a large portion of the year are losing out on valuable instruction time and often fall behind their classmates. The very first step to educating students is making sure they are in the classroom.”
A recent study of New Jersey schools by the non-profit Advocates for Children of New Jersey revealed that about 125,000 kindergarten to 12th grade students, approximately 10 percent of the state’s total public school student population, were chronically absent in the 2013-2014 school year. Chronic absenteeism is defined as having missed 10 percent of the school year, equal to 18 days of a traditional school year, due to excused and unexcused absences.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) creating a council to study and identify solutions for issues surrounding pedestrian and bicycle safety in New Jersey was adopted by the full Senate.
“Compared to the rest of the country a disproportionate number of fatal crashes in New Jersey involve a pedestrian,” said Allen. “This problem is especially clear in Burlington County, where Route 130 has held the unfortunate title of being the state’s most dangerous road for pedestrians for several years in a row. We need to make sure there is a thorough understanding of the factors contributing to tragic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists on this and other roads in communities across the state. If there are feasible infrastructure, design or traffic law changes we can make to improve safety we need to identify what those items are and implement them as soon as possible.”
The full Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to lower the cost of college for New Jersey members of the reserve components of the United States Armed Forces through an expansion of the same tuition benefits already granted to members of the New Jersey National Guard.
“We expect reservists to be ready at a moment’s notice to drop everything and jump into action to support our military in very dangerous and difficult circumstances,” said Allen. “It is only fitting that they be eligible to receive the same education benefits as those already granted to members of the National Guard. This legislation provides an avenue for reservists, who often have to put their lives on hold to help protect this country, to pursue a degree and a career outside of their service.”
Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss the importance of using bear resistant trash cans in areas where black bears are present:
Senate Committee Clears Bipartisan Allen Bill Designating Saturday After Thanksgiving “Small Business Saturday”
The Senate Commerce Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) designating the Saturday following Thanksgiving of each year as “Small Business Saturday.” Senator Allen’s bipartisan bill (SJR-90) urges New Jersey residents to continue to observe Small Business Saturday by shopping at the more than 800,000 brick-and-mortar shops around the State.
“New Jersey’s small businesses are truly the backbone of our State’s economy – employing more than 1.7 million people who work in a wide variety of industries such as retail, the arts and health care,” Senator Allen said. “It is our hope that officially recognizing Small Business Saturday will encourage more shoppers to frequent local stores in their hometown, helping our business community continue to grow and thrive.”
In response to the catastrophic flooding in South Carolina, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is urging local residents to drop off desperately-needed donations at her District Office, located at 504 Route 130 North in Cinnaminson.
The historic week of rainfall in South Carolina has sent nearly 1,000 people to shelters, leaving 40,000 South Carolina residents without access to drinkable water. Supplies are needed immediately.
UPDATE: The deadline to drop off donations has been extended to 3 p.m. on Friday, October 9. The supplies will be transported to South Carolina on Friday, October 9.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was pinned as an “Angel in Adoption” at a ceremony held Tuesday in Washington D.C. to honor her efforts to advance the rights of adopted children across the State of New Jersey.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption chose to honor Senator Allen for legislation she sponsored (S-873) to bring fundamental, responsible changes to the way adoptees access birth records in New Jersey. The bill was signed into law in May of 2014 after more than a decade of advocacy by Senator Allen. Senator Allen was among nominees nationwide who were honored for creating a national impact in the field of adoption by advocating for children living in adoptive and foster homes. Senator Allen was nominated by Congressman Tom MacArthur.
“I am honored to be recognized for my work to end the injustices and discrimination faced by adoptees across New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “For 17 years, I fought to pass legislation recognizing that adoptees deserve the same access to vital information many of us take for granted.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) today provided an assortment of sackpacks and pencil cases containing school necessities to kindergartners, first graders and second graders at the Elias Boudinot School in Burlington City. The sackpacks and other school supplies were donated through a program made possible by the Office Depot Foundation and in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).
The NFWL has a longstanding partnership with the Office Depot Foundation, the independent, charitable, giving arm of the supply store chain ‘Office Depot’. Women legislators all across the country are able to provide students in their districts with supplies and fun and trendy knapsacks, helping them to start the new school year off on the right foot.
“Passing out the sackpacks today was a great opportunity to not only provide students with some supplies they will need but also to encourage them, build their confidence and help them start the school year off on a high note,” said Allen, who is chair of the NFWL. “One of the NFWL’s cornerstones has been emphasizing how important it is for students to get off to a good start in both their school year and education as a whole.”
Allen, Bateman Bill Increasing Penalties for Assaults Against Certain Law Enforcement Officers Signed Into Law
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to increase penalties for assaulting a corrections officer, sheriff’s officer and other law enforcement personnel because of their job status was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“These law enforcement officers have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs that there are,” said Allen (R-Burlington). Unfortunately, the risk carries over into their personal lives when they are most vulnerable. These upgraded penalties now adequately reflect the seriousness of this type of crime and will hopefully help deter these types of violent attacks.”