ASSEMBLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 3195

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

 

††††† The Assembly Women and Children Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 3195.

††††† This bill establishes a pilot program in the Department of Education, in which the Commissioner of Education will recruit and match eligible participants to teach in chronically failing schools under the Stateís alternate route teacher preparation program.

††††† Eligible participants will be male residents of New Jersey who are from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds, are interested in pursuing a teaching career in New Jersey, and meet the eligibility criteria for enrolling in the alternate route teacher preparation program, including State Board of Education requirements for obtaining a certificate of eligibility (CE).† The purpose of the pilot program is to increase the access of disadvantaged or minority men to teaching opportunities and to provide needed high-quality teachers in chronically failing schools in the State.

††††† Under the bill, the commissioner will select six chronically failing schools from throughout the State for participation in the pilot program.† Chronically failing schools are defined as public schools that meet the following criteria: (1) among all students in the school to whom a State assessment was administered, the percent of students scoring in the partially proficient range in both language arts and mathematics exceeded 40% in each of the prior two school years; or (2) among all students in the school to whom a State assessment was administered, the percent of students scoring in the partially proficient range in either language arts or mathematics exceeded 65% in each of the prior two school years.† The bill directs the commissioner to establish policies and procedures for the recruitment and selection of eligible participants for the program, and for matching the selected participants to teaching opportunities at the participating schools under the alternate route program.

††††† The bill requires the commissioner, two years following the establishment of the pilot program, to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature, which contains information on the implementation of the program and the commissionerís recommendation on the advisability of continuing or expanding the program.