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February 1, 2019 - Volume 39 Issue 4

High School Coaches Need Mandatory Sensitivity Training, NJ Lawmaker Says

The proposal, which was passed by an Assembly committee Thursday, calls for the state Department of Education to develop the training. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association would be required to ensure that all new coaches and athletic directors complete the course before getting hired and all current coaches participate in training every four years. (, Jan. 24)

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time” -  Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), American lawyer and politician who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the concept of a strong federal government.

“We are witnessing the dismantling of public education by ambush.” – Sen. Mike Romano on Senate Bill 451, the omnibus education bill

“The speed at which the bill advanced is concerning and begs the question: Why? Why did committee members have so little time to review the legislation and to talk with their constituents? Why were members of the education community not asked to address the bill?” – Jackson County Supt. Blaine Hess, vice president of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, on Senate Bill 451

“We believed the Committee of the Whole served as the most open, transparent way to conduct the thorough vetting of this piece of important legislation.”  -- Senate President Mitch Carmichael on using a rare parliamentary procedure for considering Senate Bill 451

“This just irritates the peanuts out of me.” – Gov. Jim Justice on Senate Bill 451

“I’ve been stewing about this a long time. I respect the legislature, and I respect the legislative process. I would hope they respect us.” – Supt. Steve Paine on Senate Bill 451

“Our system, my friends, is choking. It’s choking itself. Our School Aid Formula promotes only basic average, the minimum for all, and we fall short of that. The system disallows the very things we’re gasping for – the local control, the innovation, the flexibility, freedom and choice in education.” – Delegate Daryl Cowles on the need for education reform.

“We have to put our children first. We have to figure out a formula that’s going to begin to take care of our children the minute that we see them in our system.” – Delegate David Kelly on House Bill 2397 to require county school boards to hire more school psychologists

“When I look back and see these other outbreaks of these vaccine-preventable diseases, there seems to be a halo around states like West Virginia that allows for medical exemptions for vaccines but not for these religious and conscientious objections.” – Sen. Ron Stollings, speaking against Senate Bill 454, which would loosen the state’s compulsory immunization law

“The people that are concerned and think vaccinations are appropriate for everyone – they will still have the right to have their kids vaccinated and prevent them from getting any of these diseases that are thought to be derived from vaccinations. But this is merely just a freedom bill to allow those that are concerned.” – Sen. Mark Maynard, lead sponsor of Senate Bill 454