N.J. Senate passes Ruiz-Turner bill for school PPE

By a vote of 33-0, the New Jersey Senate on Jan. 11 passed S2698, a bill to assist school districts with acquiring personal protection equipment.

“Districts around New Jersey have done a tremendous job outfitting their teachers and students with the necessary PPE to provide a safe learning environment, but there is still room for the state to assist them in purchasing the supplies they need to keep things operating smoothly for the duration of the pandemic,” said state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz, the Senate Education Committee chair and a co-sponsor of S2698 along with state Sen. Shirley K. Turner. “By pooling districts’ purchasing power, the state would be able to negotiate better deals, with quicker turnaround times, helping schools to avoid inflated prices and shipping delays.”

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