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Senator Holly Schepisi

Senator Holly Schepisi

Schepisi: School Districts Don’t Really Have a Choice on Sex Ed When Curriculum Mandates Are Handed Down by State Board of Education

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Senator Holly Schepisi (R-39) responded to the State Board of Education’s refusal to reconsider or delay controversial new sex education standards that school districts have been mandated to enact through their curricula this fall:

Sen. Holly Schepisi responded to the State Board of Education’s refusal to reconsider or delay controversial new sex education standards that school districts have been mandated to enact through their curricula this fall. (©iStock)

“The Acting Commissioner of Education and certain State Board of Education members are being completely disingenuous when they say there’s no issue and it’s up to school districts to decide how to teach sex education. As they are well aware when they passed the new mandates under the cover of COVID in June 2020, their own resolution states that every school district SHALL adopt in full the standards they set forth. School districts do not have a real choice on sex education as evidenced by the curriculum mandates imposed on them by unelected bureaucrats in Trenton.

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Schepisi: NJEA’s “Disinformation Alert” on Sex Ed Curriculum Is Disingenuous Attempt to Dismiss Parents’ Concerns

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Senator Holly Schepisi said a “Disinformation Alert” issued by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is a disingenuous attempt to dismiss the concerns of parents that new sex education standards could result in their children being exposed to lessons that are age-inappropriate or in conflict with their values.

Sen. Holly Schepisi said a ‘Disinformation Alert’ issued by the NJEA is a disingenuous attempt to dismiss the concerns of parents about new sex education standards that school districts must implement this fall. (Click for full image)

“The NJEA is being disingenuous at best when they say that sample lesson plans that some parents are being provided by districts are not required by the new state sex ed standards,” said Schepisi (R-39). “The simple fact is that there are only a handful of teaching resources that have been made available, by left-wing groups, that align with and satisfy the new standards. In an effort to comply with the new curriculum requirements for this fall, local school districts will likely feel compelled to pick from the limited menu of options that are currently available, which parents are now learning contains extreme material.”

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Panel Approves Schepisi/Testa Bill to Strengthen Emergency Care Levels for Telemedicine

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi and Senator Michael Testa that would bolster emergency care standards for telemedicine cleared the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi and Sen. Michael Testa that would bolster emergency care standards for telemedicine cleared the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee. (Flickr)

“Telehealth and telemedicine are here to stay. Since the pandemic, we have had a significant uptick in the need for timely mental health services while those most needing these services oftentimes are placed on lengthy waitlists for treatment.  One tool to address this pressing need is to expand the convenience and benefits of virtual mental health services while providing better avenues for medical professionals to immediately coordinate emergency care for their patients,” said Senator Schepisi (R-39).

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Schepisi Calls for NJDOH to Release Data on Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

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NY State Research Shows Benefits ‘Declined Rapidly’ for Kids Ages 5 to 11

After New York State released an analysis of data finding “limited evidence of effectiveness” with rapid decline after less than one month for the COVID-19 vaccine given to young children, Senator Holly Schepisi called on the Murphy administration to be transparent and release similar data for New Jersey.

After New York State released an analysis of data finding “limited evidence of effectiveness” with rapid decline after less than one month for the COVID-19 vaccine given to young children, Sen. Holly Schepisi called on the Murphy administration to be transparent and release similar data for New Jersey. (©iStock)

“Parents wrestling with decisions about getting COVID shots for their children should have access to the latest research, the best evidence about vaccines and their effectiveness,” said Schepisi (R-39). “There’s no reason the Governor should be sitting on hard data and real numbers that will shed light on the effectiveness of vaccines on youngsters. Transparency is essential, especially where children’s health is concerned.”

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Schepisi: Murphy’s Latest Executive Order Will Lead to Shortage of Health Care Workers

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Senator Holly Schepisi said a new executive order announced by Governor Murphy today eliminating a testing alternative to vaccination and boosters for health care workers will lead to a shortage of doctors and nurses in New Jersey in the aftermath of the Omicron surge.

Sen. Holly Schepisi said a new executive order by Gov. Murphy will lead to a shortage of doctors and nurses in New Jersey in the aftermath of the Omicron surge. (Flickr)

“Doctors, nurses, and other medical caregivers have been fighting this fight against COVID-19 since the very beginning,” said Schepisi (R-39). “After nearly two years, they’re tired, they’re burnt out, and they’re ready for a break. Instead of giving them extra support, they’re getting another new mandate from Governor Murphy that will further thin their ranks and increase the workload of those who remain. It doesn’t make any sense and it certainly won’t be good for patients.”

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Schepisi Bill Establishing “Nursing Home Advisory Council” Signed by Governor

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that would create the Nursing Home Advisory Council and introduce penalties for long-term care facilities that violate state and federal regulations was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that would create the Nursing Home Advisory Council and introduce penalties for long-term care facilities that violate state and federal regulations was signed into law today. (Pixabay)

“I am proud this bill was signed into law today. Over the last two years, thousands of elderly residents in New Jersey’s nursing homes lost their lives due to coronavirus infection. During that time, there has been little to no accountability for the policies that have been implemented,” said Schepisi (R-39). “This legislation will make sure that we have accountability going forward and that any long-term care facility that violates state or federal regulations is held responsible. We need to keep our most vulnerable residents safe—and hold those who put their health in jeopardy to account.”

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Schepisi Bill that Would Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was signed into law today by Governor Murphy.

Sen. Holly Schepisi’s legislation that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am pleased that the Governor signed this bill into law today. This legislation is an important step in the right direction and will help improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Schepisi (R-39). “By allowing the state to more effectively recruit, hire, and promote people with disabilities in the workplace, we will help create a more inclusive policy for these individuals and provide better job opportunities for them in the future.”

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Senate Clears Kean and Schepisi Bill that Would Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Holly Schepisi that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Tom Kean and Holly Schepisi’s legislation that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s clear from all the available data that individuals with disabilities are an underrepresented segment in public employment,” said Kean (R-21). “This legislation will help ensure that our government will be more thoughtful, inclusive, and supportive of the needs of these New Jerseyans in the workforce. This is crucial to allowing the state to more easily recruit and promote talented people with disabilities and will give better overall representation to them in state government.”

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Schepisi Bill Establishing “Nursing Home Advisory Council” Clears Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Holly Schepisi that would create the Nursing Home Advisory Council and introduce penalties for long-term care facilities that violate state and federal regulations was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Holly Schepisi that would create the Nursing Home Advisory Council and introduce penalties for long-term care facilities that violate state and federal regulations was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Over the last two years, thousands of elderly residents in New Jersey’s nursing homes lost their lives due to coronavirus infection. During that time, there has been little to no accountability for the policies that have been implemented,” said Schepisi (R-39). “My legislation will make sure that we have accountability going forward and that any long-term care facility that violates state or federal regulations is held responsible. We need to keep our most vulnerable residents safe—and hold those who put their health in jeopardy to account.”

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Committee Clears Kean and Schepisi Bill that Would Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Holly Schepisi that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was advanced by the Senate Labor Committee.

Sens. Tom Kean and Holly Schepisi’s legislation that would increase awareness of employment opportunities for people with disabilities was advanced by the Senate Labor Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Individuals with disabilities are an underrepresented segment in public employment,” said Kean (R-21). “This legislation will help ensure that our government will be more thoughtful, inclusive, and supportive of the needs of these individuals in the workforce. This is crucial to allowing the state to more easily recruit and promote talented people with disabilities and will give better overall representation to them in state government.”

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