6-19-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Trenton Starts to Sizzle, Governor Duels with Leading Dems Over Budget

Amid competing press conferences, clashing news releases, and governor’s threat to veto Legislature’s appropriations bill, possibility of government shutdown increases

The tension between Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders ramped up to a new level yesterday, with dueling press conferences, crisscrossing news releases, and talk of a government shutdown. The debate over the fiscal year 2019 budget has become a high-stakes game and it’s become unclear, which — if any — side will eventually win.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/06/18/it-gets-hot-in-trenton-as-governor-duels-with-leading-democrats-over-budget-details/

John Reitmeyer | June 19, 2018

 

The Record--Paramus school bus crash: Lawmakers discuss age limit, better supervision of drivers

TRENTON — In the wake of last month's deadly school bus crash, state lawmakers Monday raised the issue of age limits for school bus drivers and seemed confused by how two different state agencies determine driver eligibility based on their criminal records and medical history.

They also heard from an 11-year-old survivor of the May 17 crash on Route 80 in Mount Olive who implored them to require school buses to have better seat belts.

In a joint hearing between the Senate and Assembly transportation committees, lawmakers had many questions about the safety of school buses as well as the vetting and supervision of school bus drivers.

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/transportation/2018/06/18/paramus-school-bus-crash-lawmakers-discuss-driver-age-limit-supervision/710651002/

Curtis Tate, NorthJersey Published 2:50 p.m. ET June 18, 2018 | Updated 6:59 p.m. ET June 18, 2018