For the second time in 2019, the Teach NJ organization scored a major legislative victory. On Friday, August 23, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law S. 2660, which creates a grant program to help fund the salaries of public school teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who also teach these subjects in nonpublic schools.
Senators Paul Sarlo (D-36) and Vin Gopal (D-11) sponsored the bill in the New Jersey Senate. Assembly Members Joann Downey (D-11), Eric Houghtaling (D-11) and Gary Schaer (D-36) sponsored the bill in the New Jersey Assembly. The newly signed legislation provides an appropriation of $5 million to support the salaries of STEM teachers in nonpublic schools.
Teach NJ is the New Jersey branch of the Orthodox Union-affiliated Teach Coalition, a network that builds alliances among different faith communities and advocates for increased state aid for nonpublic schools. Teach Coalition is active in California, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania; it recently opened a new outpost in Ontario, Canada.
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