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Joint Committee on the Public Schools
41 West State Street Suite 2F
P.O. Box 070
Trenton, NJ
08625-0070
(609) 847-3365
(609) 292-4912 (fax)


Rebecca Sapp, Executive Director
rsapp@njleg.org



The Joint Committee on the Public Schools provides an ongoing study of the system of free public schools; it's financing, administration and operations, as well as to make recommendations for legislative action.

Establishment
Created by statute in 1975, this committee is comprised of 14 members of the Legislature.
Appointments are made by the Senate President and Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.
The Members select leadership at the reorganization meeting, every 2 years.
A subcommittee structure has allowed this committee to be involved in major legislative policies and proposals.

Initiatives
When the State took over the operations of the Jersey City (1989), Paterson (1991) and Newark (1995) school districts, the Joint Committee began continuous interaction with the superintendents, boards and community; and held numerous public meetings to provide a forum for transparency of the process, as well as being a reporting agent to the Legislature.

In 1995, the Joint Committee's research into the Nation's relatively new charter school laws played a major role for the Legislature in developing and refining a legislative proposal that culminated in (former) Governor Christine Whitman's signing of this enactment in January, 1996.

Since 2002, the Joint Committee has taken the lead in providing Legislative and public awareness regarding matters of school construction.

When the Legislative and Executive branches decided to change the method by which school districts were monitored and evaluated, the Joint Committee was involved with both public meetings and research into language development for the statutory change. This eventually became the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum law. (NJ QSAC)


Committee Members

The committee consists of 14 members: 7 Assembly Members appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly, and 7 Senators appointed by the Senate President. Two members from each house should be members of their respective house's Education Committee.

Senate
Senator Ronald L. Rice   Co-Chair
Senator Diane B. Allen
 
Senator James Beach
 
Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.
 
Senator Samuel D. Thompson
 

Assembly
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey   Co-Chair
Assemblyman Ralph R. Caputo
 
Assemblywoman Bettylou DeCroce
 
Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver
 
Assemblyman David P. Rible
 
Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly
 
Assemblyman David W. Wolfe
 
Subcommittees
Innovative Practices
Assemblyman David W. Wolfe   Chair
Senator Ronald L. Rice  
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey  
Data, Research & Evaluation
Senator Samuel D. Thompson   Vice-Chair
Senator Ronald L. Rice  
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey  
Student & Field Services
Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly   Chair
Senator Diane B. Allen   Vice-Chair
Senator Ronald L. Rice  
Assemblywoman Bettylou DeCroce  
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey  
School Facilities & Construction
Assemblyman Ralph R. Caputo   Chair
Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver   Vice-Chair
Senator Ronald L. Rice  
Senator Samuel D. Thompson  
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey  
Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly  
Meetings    View All Meetings

6/20/2016 10:00:00 AM

The Joint Committee on the Public Schools will be meeting on June 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 4 othe State House Annex to discuss issues facing the Orange Public Schools. The Committee will also be taking testimony from members of the public.
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4/19/2016 11:00:00 AM

The Joint Committee on the Public School will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jeresy.
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3/15/2016 10:00:00 AM

The Joint Committee on the Public Schools will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 11 on the Fourth Floor of the State House Annex.
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3/14/2016 10:30:00 AM

The Joint Committee on the Public Schools will be conducting its annual reorganization meeting on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room 7 on the Second Floor of the State House Annex