ASSEMBLY, No. 1468
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2014 SESSION
Assemblyman PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.
District 18 (Middlesex)
Assemblywoman BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN
District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)
Assemblywoman PAMELA R. LAMPITT
District 6 (Burlington and Camden)
Assemblywoman MARLENE CARIDE
District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)
Senator PETER J. BARNES, III
District 18 (Middlesex)
Senator M. TERESA RUIZ
District 29 (Essex)
Assemblyman Coughlin, Senators Sarlo and Turner
Establishes Task Force on Engineering Curriculum and Instruction.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Education Committee on September 22, 2014, with amendments.
An Act establishing the Task Force on Engineering Curriculum and Instruction.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. There is established in the Department of Education a Task Force on Engineering Curriculum and Instruction. The task force shall consist of 1[nine] 101 members, including the Commissioner of Education, or a designee, and 1[eight] nine1 public members appointed by the Governor as follows: one representative each from the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Education Association, 1the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association,1 and the New Jersey Parent Teacher Association; a representative of an engineering program at a public institution of higher education; a representative of an engineering program at an independent institution of higher education; a representative of a nonprofit organization that provides science education programming in the public schools; and two representatives from New Jersey-based engineering, science, and technology businesses.
2. It shall be the duty of the task force to make recommendations to the State Board of Education on how to incorporate engineering curriculum into the K-12 science curriculum. The task force shall review the Next Generation Science Standards in its efforts to develop innovative ways to teach engineering to public school students.
3. Appointments to the task force shall be made within 30 days of the effective date of this act. Vacancies in the membership of the task force shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments were made. Members of the task force shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties within the limits of funds made available to the task force for its purposes.
The task force shall hold its initial organizational meeting as soon as practicable, but no later than 30 days following the appointment of the members.
The task force shall choose a chairperson from among its members and shall appoint a secretary who need not be a member of the task force.
4. Staff and related support services shall be provided to the task force by the Department of Education. The task force shall
also be entitled to call to its assistance and avail itself of the services of the employees of any State, county or municipal department, board, bureau, commission or agency as it may require and as may be available to it for its purposes.
5. The task force shall issue a final report of its findings and recommendations, including any recommended legislation, to the Governor, the State Board of Education, and to the Legislature pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), no later than one year after its organizational meeting.
6. This act shall take effect immediately and the task force shall expire 30 days after the submission of its final report.