Christie Signs Allen Measure to Incorporate Proper Definition of Dyslexia into Special Education Regulations
Governor Christie today signed into law a bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen directing the State Board of Education to incorporate the International Dyslexia Association’s definition of dyslexia into special education regulations. Currently, the state lists dyslexia as one of the specific learning disabilities that may impair a person’s ability to understand or use language but it does not specifically define dyslexia.
The bill, S2439, is part of a package of three measures sponsored by Senator Allen to better identify and assist public school students with reading disabilities like dyslexia.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) applauded the announcement today that the New Jersey Historical Commission has designated grant funding for two historical organizations in the 7th District.
The state Historical Commission’s FY2014 General Operating Support Grants include $29,001 for the Burlington County Historical Society and $9,581 for the Westampton-based National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
The following editorial by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to urge Senate Democrats to support Republican legislation to protect women and promote equality was published in the Burlington County Times on Tuesday:
Lawmakers Need to Work on a Bipartisan Basis to Protect
By Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) – Published July 16, 2013 – Burlington County Times
New Jersey Senate Democratic leaders, who control what legislation can be passed, are blocking measures for women’s protection, equality and support.
Senator Diane Allen today applauded the announcement that Mount Laurel will receive an $83,400 Safe Corridor grant for safety initiatives along the Route 73 corridor.
“This funding will go a long way in helping to deliver vital safety improvements that can save lives and protect motorists, passengers and pedestrians along one of our busiest and most important roadways without further burdening taxpayers,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This grant will make a real difference for the thousands of people who depend on Route 73 every day.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to crackdown on illegal gun trafficking will go to Governor Christie for approval after unanimously passing the full Senate today.
“To combat the gun violence plaguing our cities and to protect our neighborhood schools from tragedy we have to focus on preventing weapons from falling into the hands of criminals,” said Allen. “Keeping guns away from criminals starts by cracking down on gun traffickers and the firearms dealers who illegally supply them.
The Senate today advanced two measures sponsored by Senator Diane Allen to better identify and assist public school students with reading disabilities like dyslexia. The two-part legislation requires public school students be screened for dyslexia and other reading disabilities by the end of the first grade while also encouraging the state to establish a teaching certificate endorsement for teachers of students with reading disabilities.
“It is imperative our schools identify students with dyslexia as early as possible to ensure they receive the best support possible to increase academic success and self-esteem,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Dyslexia is the most prevalent learning disability amongst children but in too many cases isn’t recognized until a child has already begun to fall behind in key areas like reading, writing and spelling.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to provide grant funding for historic preservation projects across the state and Burlington County was advanced by the Senate.
The bipartisan legislation (S2788/A4113) appropriates approximately $1.4 million from the 2009 Historic Preservation Fund to provide historic site management grants for historic preservation projects, including $142,000 for projects in Bordentown City, Burlington City, Moorestown and Mount Laurel.
“It’s important that we preserve the many historical buildings and sites that make each of our communities unique,” said Allen. “These grants will go a long way in ensuring our children and grandchildren will be able to know where we came from. Historical sites are our living history books.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen to provide $19 million in low interest loans to communities in Burlington County for clean water and drinking water environmental infrastructure projects was unanimously advanced by the full Senate today.
Allen’s S2817 appropriates funds to the state Departmental of Environmental Protection for environmental infrastructure projects across the state, including those in Willingboro, Palmyra, Delran, Burlington Township and Burlington County.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to allow adults who were adopted to obtain their birth certificates was advanced by the full Senate on Thursday. Birth certificates for residents who were adopted have been sealed in New Jersey for more than 70 years. The records were sealed to protect the adoptee and the adoptive family from interference by the biological parents.
“It’s now clear that these closed records condemn adoptees to an inferior standing in our state,” said Allen, who has worked to change the state’s law for 17 years. “Their civil rights are being violated by not allowing them to know basic information about their beginnings, their medical background, who their parents are or any siblings they may have – information the rest of us are allowed and take for granted.
Senator Diane Allen today praised news that Burlington City has been awarded $100,000 through the National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program for the first stages of a new 16 slip marina along the city’s waterfront.
The NBIG grant is administered through the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources and provided through the US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service.
“The Delaware River and boating have been an integral part of Burlington City’s rich history for hundreds of years,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The addition of a marina will draw more boaters to the city’s Riverfront Promenade as well as the city’s historical downtown sites and businesses.”