24 Sep: Ruiz-Turner Bill To Pilot Longer School Day, Longer School Year Advances

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz and Senator Shirley K. Turner, Vice Chair of the committee, that would create a pilot program allowing up to 25 school districts to increase the length of the school day and school year – an initiative championed on the national level by President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan – was approved today by the committee.

“While New Jersey students do well nationally, our country as a whole is lagging behind its global competitors. More time in the classroom if used effectively will help to increase academic achievement, improve student enrichment opportunities and educational offerings. This is critical to ensuring our students are prepared for college and career but also that they are able compete in a 21st Century global economy,” said Senator Ruiz (D-Essex). “This program will allow us to study the success of a longer school day and longer school year and measure its effectiveness in improving educational outcomes.”

27 Sep: Turner Measure To Require Speedy Vehicle Registration By New Residents Signed Into Law

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner that requires new residents to register their vehicles with the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) within 60 days of becoming a New Jersey resident was signed into law today by Governor Jon S. Corzine.

“Many new residents think that it’s no big deal to keep their old, out-of-state license plates on their car long after they’ve moved to New Jersey,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “But the truth is that by requiring New Jersey residents to register their vehicles in state, we are helping the police to keep the streets safe by providing an invaluable tool in tracking down vehicles involved in hit and run accidents.”