SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 2513

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  MAY 7, 2015

 

      The Senate Education Committee favorably reports Senate Bill No. 2513.

      This bill establishes in the Department of Education a Task Force on Engineering Curriculum and Instruction.  The task force will consist of 10 members, including the Commissioner of Education or a designee, and nine public members appointed by the Governor as follows: one representative each from the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, 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.

      Under the bill, the task force is charged with making recommendations to the State Board of Education on how to incorporate engineering curriculum into the K-12 science curriculum.  The task force must review the Next Generation Science Standards in its efforts to develop innovative ways to teach engineering to public school students.

      The bill requires the task force to issue a final report of its findings and recommendations, including any recommended legislation, to the Governor, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature no later than one year after its organizational meeting.  The task force will expire 30 days after the submission of its report.

      As reported by the committee, this bill is identical to Assembly Bill No. 1468 (1R), which also was reported by the committee on this same date.