Leader in Education:
In this video press release, Assembly Education Committee Chair Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D-Middlesex) discusses his legislation that examines the current implementation of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test in New Jersey's schools.
The PARCC is replacing the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and will be administered to all students in grades 3-11 in March.
Diegnan's parental opt-out legislation (A-4165) was slated for discussion only in the Education Committee.
The second bill (A-4190) would prohibit the state Department of Education from using the PARCC test to determine a student's placement in a gifted and talented program, placement in another program or intervention, grade promotion, as the state graduation proficiency test, or as a component of any evaluation rubric submitted to the DOE for three years, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.
Assemblyman Diegnan Announces State Senate Bid
Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D-South Plainfield), an eight-term Assemblyman from South Plainfield in Middlesex County, announced the endorsement of every Democrat Chairman and Mayor in the 18th Legislative District in his bid to succeed Senator Peter J. Barnes III as the next State Senator and representative for Middlesex County. Assemblyman Diegnan also has the support of his running mate, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin.
"On behalf of all of the residents of the 18th legislative district, let me say thank you Senator Peter Barnes for your public service. Pete has literally dedicated most of his adult life working to improve the lives of others. First, as a member of the Edison Council, then as a member of the General Assembly and as a State Senator; he always did the right thing regardless of the political consequences. I can think of no person who is better prepared to take on the awesome responsibilities of a Superior Court Judge," said Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan. "As of result of Senator Barnes nomination to the bench, I am pleased to announce that I have the unanimous support of the Democrat Municipal Chairs and Democrat Mayors of the 18th legislative district, as well as my running mate Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, to fill the future open Senate seat. Although they are incredibly big shoes to fill I will continue to work in the State Senate to build a better New Jersey for my children and grandchildren. I look forward to this new challenge."
The list of endorsements is as follows:
David Lonski, East Brunswick Township
Keith Hahn. Edison Township
Bruce Morgan, Borough of Highland Park
Beatrice Moskowitz, Borough of Metuchen
Bill Tankiewicz, Borough of South Plainfield
Tele Koukourdelis, Borough of South River
Elected Officials -
Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin
Mayor Thomas Lankey, Edison Township
Mayor Kevin McEvoy, East Brunswick Township
Mayor Gayle Brill-Mittler, Borough of Highland Park
Mayor Peter Cammarano, Borough of Metuchen
(Picture L-R: Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Senator Peter Barnes)
My political philosophy:
These are challenging times for our state and our nation. For the first time many Americans fear for the future of their children and grandchildren. We are the greatest democracy in the history of mankind. We must work together, regardless of party affiliation, to return New Jersey to its history of achievement and innovation. This is where Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein literally changed the world as we know it. Where Frank Sinatra taught us about "My Way" . . . where The Boss was Born to Run and Boni Jovi told us to Make a Memory. I am a firm believer that New Jersey's best days lie ahead and I am proud and honored to be able to contribute to that bright future as a member of the legislature.
– Assemblyman Partick Diegnan
18th Legislative District
2016 State of the State
Assemblyman Diegnan with Senator Peter Barnes, Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ron Rios and former Governors Donald DiFrancesco, James McGreevey and James Florio as commencement of 217th session of the State Legislature on January 12, 2016.
Leader in the District
Governor Signs Diegnan Bill in Wake of South Plainfield Tragedy
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan to establish new standards to improve school bus safety has been signed into law. The newly signed “Abigail’s Law” (A-1455) will require newly-manufactured school buses to be equipped with motion sensors to determine the presence of persons or objects passing in front of or behind a bus. ing in front of or behind a bus. The legislation is in honor of Abigail Kuberiet, a child who tragically lost her life in 2003 standing in front of a stopped school bus in South Plainfield. The bus operator was unable to see the child from the driver’s seat. “The use of available technology will facilitate safe driving and prevent fatal accidents,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “When an alarm sounds if a child is in the vicinity of the bus, the operator will immediately be made aware of the situation and will not move forward, and a life will be saved.” Children are more likely to be killed as pedestrians outside a school bus, and most often by their own school bus, according to the National Coalition for School Bus Safety. The majority of these accidents involve very young children.