MMM has just heard that 11th district Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini is withdrawing her sponsorship of Assembly bill A3242, a law that would allow school districts to survey students about their families’ political affiliations; sexual behaviors and attitudes; mental illnesses and psychological problems; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of other individuals with whom a respondent has a close family relationship; legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships such has those of lawyers, physicians or ministers; income and social security number; all without parental consent.
While Angelini’s new position on the legislation is a victory for her constituents who have contacted her since MMM broke the story on this bill on Tuesday evening, the bill is not dead yet.
The Assembly Education Committee has a hearing scheduled on the bill this afternoon.
Those who don’t mind the government, school districts, nonprofits and federal grantees asking their children intimate personal information about themselves and their families don’t need to do anything.
Those who object should call members of the Assembly Education Committee:
Scott Rumana – 973 237 1362
Joseph Mallone – 609 298 6250
Paul Moriarty – 856 232 6700
Ruben Ramos – 201 714 4960
Pat Diegnan – 908 757 1677
Bonnie Watson – 609 292 0500
David Wolfe – 732 840 9028
Ralph Caputo – 973 450 0484
Elease Evans – 973 247 1521
Mila Jasey – 973 762 1886
Brian Rumpf – 609 693 6700
The rationale for this bill is that federal grantees and nonprofits have been frustrated in their attempts to get the personal information. In Massachusetts middle school students, 7th and 8th graders, were recently asked how many sexual partners they have had, about condom use and their oral sexual behavior. The survey was conducted by a local social services agency in cooperation with the federal Center for Disease Control, according to FoxNews.
The school principle acknowledged that the graphic survey took place but said the school had nothing to do with the content and that they were required to administer the survey to comply with a federal grant.
Strong New Jersey Chairwoman Diane Gooch issued a statement this morning condemning A3242:
“Liberals in the state legislature are attempting to hijack the private information of New Jersey’s students with this recent effort to collect personal data through the school districts. It is an affront to our sensibilities and our constitutional rights. Big brother lives somewhere, but it shouldn’t be Trenton.”