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Killexams : This tech CEO fired two engineers for having second full-time jobs, warns they're part of a new trend
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For all the benefits that remote working brings, there's no arguing the fact that having employees that work exclusively from home brings certain management challenges.

For instance, how do you ensure that an employee is doing what they are being paid to do during the hours they're contracted to work? If your employee took on a new full-time job without telling you, how would you know that they were claiming two pay checks at the end of each month?

While the idea of working two full-time jobs is many employees' idea of hell, the reality is that does happen, and appears to have become more prevalent – or at least, easier to get away with – since remote working became the standard for many.

See: The WFH dilemma: How to manage your team, without the micro-management

Software company Canopy, for example, has revealed it recently fired two newly-hired engineers after discovering that they were already employed full-time at another company.

Canopy CEO Davis Bell said the unnamed developers, who were already holding down jobs at an undisclosed "big tech company", were caught after management flagged problems with their performance.

Bell wrote on LinkedIn: "This is not about side hustles or moonlighting," and said these were people holding down two, full-time synchronous jobs "trying to be in two meetings at once, etc".

Financial services company Equifax also recently sacked a number of staff for secretly juggling multiple full-time jobs.

As reported by Business Insider(via Ars Technica), Equifax fired 24 members of staff after using its own product, The Work Number, to find that some staff were working multiple roles (in some cases, up to three). 

See: More bosses are using software to monitor remote workers. Not everyone is happy about it

The trend of taking on secret second jobs – also known as "overemployment" – is gained support in some corners of the online world; indeed, there are Reddit forums and even entire websites dedicated to helping remote workers (primarily tech workers) find second jobs - and hide them from their employers.

Employers are not pleased: Bell described it as a "new form of theft and deception, and not something in which an ethical, honest person would participate."

The responses to Bell's post were mixed: while some agreed with the Canopy CEO's assertions, others argued that workers should be free to take on additional jobs provided they could deliver consistent performance, while others suggested that working multiple jobs could be necessary for some workers struggling with high prices and low pay.

Bell was eventually forced to lock the comments section on his post after receiving abuse.

He shared a number of potential 'red flag' behaviours for employers to watch out for and noted that while none of them were "by themselves an indication of a problem…taken together they may indicate a bad actor."

These include:

  • Making their LinkedIn private upon accepting a job offer
  • Not signing up for benefits
  • Having their screen turned off in meetings
  • Slow response times on Slack and email
  • Frequently late to or absent for meetings with no explanation
  • Experience working for very large companies, where it may be easier to mask activity/ inactivity
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Killexams : Engineering bacterial vaccines

Aditya Kunjapur, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, recently received the 2022 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, which recognizes early career researchers who propose innovative projects in high-risk, high-impact questions in biomedical and behavioral areas of research.

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The University of Delaware’s Aditya Kunjapur, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, has received a 2022 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. This award recognizes early career researchers who propose innovative projects to address high-risk, high-impact questions in biomedical and behavioral areas of research.

Kunjapur and members of his lab work on fundamental and applied research to expand the types of metabolites (such as sugars, vitamins, and antioxidants) and proteins that bacteria can synthesize. The impacts of their synthetic biology research can be felt across a wide range of fields, from the ability to produce chemicals and materials more sustainably to designing new types of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.

A member of UD’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Kunjapur is one of 72 of this year’s New Innovator Award winners, a prize that was established in 2007 as part of the NIH’s High-Risk, High Reward program.

“The science advanced by these researchers is poised to blaze new paths of discovery in human health,” said Lawrence A. Tabak, who is acting director of NIH. “This unique cohort of scientists will transform what is known in the biological and behavioral world.”

With $2.4 million in funding over the next five years, Kunjapur’s New Innovator Award will focus on designing low-cost, shelf-stable vaccines that could be delivered orally by “teaching” bacteria to produce an amino acid that elicits an immune response. Kunjapur will collaborate with CBE Assistant Professor Catherine Fromen, whose lab and expertise will play a key role in designing and executing immunization studies.

Kunjapur said he was very honored by this recognition, especially as a researcher who started his journey in more traditional areas of chemical engineering before transitioning to non-biomedical research applications of biotechnology.

“During my training experiences I realized that microbial engineering could have immense value for medicine — not just using microbes to produce therapeutics in a vat, but to design living organisms that can interact with patients to help treat or prevent disease,” Kunjapur said. “When my students and I originally came up with some of these ideas, I worried that the ideas might be too risky or that I might be an impostor. Receiving the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award provides reassurance that this is worthwhile, that we have the right capabilities and that it is never too late to get out of one’s scientific comfort zone.”

The long-term goal of this research will be to pursue preclinical testing and commercialization of vaccine candidates, the latter as part of Kunjapur’s start-up Nitro Biosciences. Kunjapur was also recognized for this work in 2021, when he received the Langer Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence to design bacterial strains that can elicit immune responses using unnatural protein chemistries. 

Kunjapur credits the support of his mentors, collaborators, students, and peer reviewers on helping him construct a higher risk research program that made this NIH Innovator Award possible. 

“My initial approach to proposal writing was to play it safe, to write about tackling a research problem that we knew we could deliver upon in a few years. But after more interactions with mentors and students, we shifted away from this mindset,” Kunjapur said. “The academic research environment provides a unique space to test transformative ideas. People essentially told me ‘We aren’t sure if you’ll be able to do this, but if you can then it will make the world a better place. So please try.’ Conversations like that were really encouraging.”

Kunjapur has been at UD since 2019, after earning his doctorate in chemical engineering from MIT in 2015 and completing a postdoc at Harvard, and has long been interested in harnessing the power of synthetic biology. “There was previously a tendency to think you had to work with mammalian cells for your work to be biomedically relevant, but there are numerous biomedical discoveries and inventions that come from bacteria, like CRISPR, or are bacteria, like engineered probiotics” said Kunjapur. “This award is a reminder that bacterial engineering has a role to play in biomedical research.” 

Along with this New Innovator Award, this year Kunjapur was recognized by the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program and the New Innovator in Food Agriculture Research Award and in 2020 was part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) “35 Under 35” list. His research group is part of UD’s Chemistry-Biology Interface Program and the Center for Plastics Innovation and is also affiliated with the Delaware Biotechnology Institute and the Delaware Environmental Institute.

“Professor Kunjapur’s incredible creativity and courage to think outside of the box, coupled with his deeply collaborative mindset, have sparked multiple new research avenues at University of Delaware,” said Millicent Sullivan, who is the Alvin B. and Julie O. Stiles Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. “The work he will undertake as a result of this award is a wonderful example of the ways that Professor Kunjapur is applying his unique microbial engineering skills to address human health challenges in a fundamentally new way, paving the way for new vaccination strategies in the long-term while also significantly impacting the research and educational environment at Delaware.”

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Killexams : Engineering industry ‘failing mental health of male workforce’
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Male construction workers are almost four times more likely to take their own lives than workers in any other industry or profession, shocking research has found.

These findings, released on World Mental Health Day, have been uncovered by EqualEngineers – a networking group for the LGBTQ+ community.

The situation is bleak in the engineering and technology industry where men make up 89% of the workforce.

EqualEngineers founder Dr Mark McBride-Wright said there is an overwhelming feeling among this sector that men should behave in a certain way.

Over 70% of men feel like they are expected to control their emotions by not showing weakness, fear or cry openly.

There is also an alarmingly high rate of people who have considered self-harming or taking their own life (25%).

Among those who tried to self-harm, just over half were aged between 18 and 34. 

This is all set against the backdrop of engineers feeling uncomfortable talking about stress, depression and financial problems with their employer.

The first-of-its-kind research investigating masculinity in the engineering also makes recommendations on how to Strengthen the situation.

Dr McBride-Wright said: ‘Sadly, this refreshed survey has found that there has been an increase in the number of engineers reporting suicidal ideation or self-harm, increasing from one in five, to now one in four. 

‘We are, therefore, maintaining our key recommendation to create parity of esteem between physical safety and mental health to address this mental health emergency. 

‘Engineering organisations are experts at creating physically safe working environments – we now need to do the same for psychological safety.

‘Empowering people to call out non-inclusive acts and behaviours without fear of retribution. 

‘Creating cultures where engineers can be open about whatever may be going on in their lives, to seek the appropriate support and, importantly, to receive it.

‘Engineers are needed more than ever to tackle the big problems of today.

‘We need to therefore become known as an open and welcoming sector where everyone can thrive, and this includes all of us who work in engineering today.’

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Killexams : So you want to be a prompt engineer: Critical careers of the future

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Cartoonists have an excellent understanding of how stories are shaped in a concise way with an eye for design. Recently, cartoonist extraordinaire Roz Chast appeared in the New Yorker prompting DALL-E images and I was immediately drawn to her prompts above and beyond the actual output of the machine.

The article’s title, “DALL-E, Make Me Another Picasso, Please” is a play on words like the old Lenny Bruce joke about a genie in a bottle giving an old man anything he wants. The old man asks the genie to “make me a malted” and poof! the genie turns him into a milkshake.

Like the genie’s gift, AIs are powerful but unruly and open to abuse, making the intercession of a prompt engineer a new and important job in the field of data science. These are people who understand that in constructing a request they will rely on artful skill and persistence to pull a good (and non-harmful) result from the mysterious soul of a machine. The best AI prompt engineers would be those who would actually consider whether there is a need for more derivative Picasso art, or what obligations should be considered before asking a machine to plagiarize the work of a famous painter.

Lately, concerns have centered around whether DALL-E will change the already eternally muddy definition of artistic genius. But asking who gets to be called a creative misses the point. What is art, and who gets to claim the title of artist are philosophical (and infrequently ethical) questions that have been argued for millennia. They don’t address the fundamental fusion happening between data science and the humanities. Successful prompt craft, whether for DALL-E or GPT-3 or any future algorithm-driven image and language model, will come to require not only an engineer’s understanding of how machines learn, but an arcane knowledge of art history, literature and library science as well. 

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Artists and designers who claim that this kind of AI will end their careers are certainly invested in how this integration will progress. Vox recently published a video titled “What AI art means for human artists” that explores their anxiety in a way that acknowledges there is a very real evolution at hand despite the current dearth of “prompt craft” and wordsmithing involved. People are just starting to realize that we may reach a point where trademarking a word or phrase would not protect intellectual property in the same way that it does currently. What aspect of a prompt could we even copyright? How would derivative works be acknowledged? Could there be a metadata tag on every image stating whether it is “appropriate or permitted for AI consumption?” No one seems to be mentioning these speed bumps in the rush to get a personal MidJourney account. 

Alex Shoop, an engineer at DataRobot and an expert in AI systems design, shared a few thoughts on this. “I think an important aspect of the ‘engineer’ part of ‘prompt engineer’ will include following best practices like robust testing, reproducible results and using technologies that are safe and secure,” he said. “For example, I can imagine a prompt engineer would set up many different prompt texts that are slightly varied, such as ‘cat holding red balloon in a backyard’ vs. ‘cat holding blue balloon in backyard’ in order to see how small changes would lead to different results even though DALL-E and generative AI models are unable to create deterministic or even reproducible results.” Despite this inability to create predictable artistic outcomes, Shoop says he feels that at least testing and tracking the experimentation setups should be one skill he would expect to see in a true “prompt engineer” job description. 

Before the rise of high-end graphics and user interfaces, most science and engineering students saw little need to study visual art and product design. They weren’t as utilitarian as code. Now technology has created a symbiosis between these disciplines. The writer who contributed the original reference text descriptions, the cataloguer who constructed the metadata for the images as they were scraped and then dumped into a repository, the philosopher who evaluated the bias implicit in the dataset all provide necessary perspectives in this brave new world of image generation. 

What results is a prompt engineer with a combination of similar skill sets who understands the repercussions if OpenAI uses more male artists than female. Or if one country’s art is represented more than another’s. Ask a librarian about the complexities of cataloging and categorization as it has been done for centuries and they will tell you: it’s painstaking. Prompt engineering will require attention to relationships, subgroups and location, along with an ability to examine censorship and respect copyright laws. While DALL-E was being trained on representative images of the Mona Lisa, the humans in the loop with an awareness of these minutiae were critical to reducing bias and encouraging fairness in all outcomes.

It’s not just offensive abuses that can be easily imagined. In a fascinating turn of events, there are even multi-million-dollar art forgeries being reported by artists who use AI as their medium of choice. All enormous datasets or large networks of models contain, buried deep within the data, intrinsic biases, labeling gaps and outright fraud that challenge quick ethical solutions. OpenAI’s Natalie Summers, who runs OpenAI’s Instagram account and is the “human in the loop” responsible for enforcing the rules that are supposed to guard against output that could damage reputations or incite outrage, expresses similar concerns. 

This leads me to conclude that to be a prompt engineer is to be someone not only responsible for creating art, but willing to serve as a gatekeeper to prevent misuse like forgeries, hate speech, copyright violations, pornography, deepfakes and the like. Sure it’s nice to churn out dozens of odd, slightly disturbing surreal Dada art ‘products,’ but there should be something more compelling buried under the mound of dross that results from a toss-away visual experiment. 

I believe DALL-E has brought us to an inflection point in AI art, where both artists and engineers will need to comprehend how data science manipulates and enables behavior while also being able to understand how machine learning models work. In order to design the output of these machine learning tools, we will need experience beyond engineering and design, in the same way that understanding the physics of light and aperture takes photographic art beyond the mundane. 

Image adapted from Professor Neri Oxman’s “Cycle of Creativity.”

This diagram is an abbreviation of Professor Neri Oxman’s “Cycle of Creativity.” Her work with the Mediated Matter research group at the MIT Media Lab explored the intersection of design, biology, computing and materials engineering with an eye on how all these fields optimally interact with one another. Likewise, in order to become a “prompt engineer” (an as-yet nonexistent job title that has yet to be formally embraced by any discipline), you will need an awareness of these intersections that are as broad as hers. It’s a serious job with multiple specialties. 

Future DALL-E artists, whether self-taught or schooled, will always need the ability to communicate and design an original point of view. Like any librarian with image metadata and curation skills; like any engineer able to structure and test reproducible results; like historians able to connect Picasso’s influences with what was happening in the world as he was painting about war and beauty, “prompt engineer” will be an artistic career of the future, requiring a blend of scientific and artistic talents that will guide the algorithm. It will continue to be humans who inject their ideas into machines in service of the newer and ever-changing language of creation.

Tori Orr is a member of DataRobot’s AI Ethics Communications team.

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The National Science Foundation awarded nearly $5 million to Boise State’s College of Engineering as part of its scholarships in STEM program, the largest such grant awarded to a group of higher education institutions in Idaho. The six-year award will help with the recruitment and retention of students across the state with $3.6 million in scholarships and create easier pathways into engineering and computer science careers for students who have limited options for continued higher education access.

The grant will establish the Center for Advanced Energy Studies Scholars Consortium with the College of Western Idaho and College of Southern Idaho. Over 150 low-income students will receive scholarships to begin their academic journeys before transferring to Boise State where the scholarship will continue to support their degrees.

“It’s as if a first-year engineering or computer science student at these other Idaho institutions is also a first-year Boise State student,” College of Engineering Dean JoAnn Lighty said. “These scholarships are critical to the success of our strategic plan to Strengthen the accessibility of our programs to Idaho students, including our community college partners, and ensuring student success.”

Don Plumlee, associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, is the principal investigator on the project. He believes the project will help build a cohort-like experience for students across Idaho through an existing relationship with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Idaho and Boise State as we begin building a better engineering and computer science educational ecosystem through our community college partnerships,” said Plumlee. “New pathways into technical careers will support Idaho industry and have a positive impact on our rural communities as well.” 

The grant includes a research component to investigate how the new pathways created for students across southern Idaho will Strengthen self-efficacy, engineering and computer science identity, increase access and Strengthen retention through the transitions along the pathways. Findings will be shared with the entire STEM community in the larger effort to support and build engagement with students and to gather insights into the specific degree programs that attract them.

“We’re going to be able to make recommendations to better support students interested in pursuing STEM careers, even those who have never seen themselves as cut out for these challenging paths,” said Katherine Wright, associate professor at the College of Education. “Helping students see themselves as valued members of the STEM community will produce research findings that will go beyond Boise State and even Idaho.” 

Boise State co-investigators include Wright, College of Engineering Associate Professor Sondra Miller and Center for Advanced Energy Studies Associate Director David EstradaThe project also features associate professors from the College of Education and College of Engineering like Carl Siebert, Jerry Fails and Kurtis Cantley, as well as Amy Moll, director of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering.

More information about the grant can be found on the National Science Foundation website.

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Killexams : Educators skeptical of New Jersey's plan to ‘re-engineer’ student mental health program

New Jersey is attempting to revamp a pillar of the state’s student mental health system, but some school leaders and mental health providers say they feel “ambushed” by the plan and lack faith in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration’s ability to carry it out.

Starting with the 2023-2024 academic year, the state’s long-running school-based youth services program will be defunded. State funding set aside for that system will be moved to a regionalized “hub” model called the New Jersey Statewide Student Support Services network, or NJ4S. It will be operated by the state Department of Children and Families.

Administration officials say the new network will be wider-reaching, offer more standardized care to more students and concentrate resources in the highest-need districts.

“Building on our existing efforts to address the mental health needs of New Jersey’s students has never been more important, as countless young people throughout the state — and the nation — face mental health challenges that have been exacerbated by the turbulence of the past few years,” Murphy said in a statement. “Implementing this new mental health support model will allow us to reach more students and offer the evidence-based resources and services they need.”

But some local superintendents and school employees who have run school-based mental health programs in their buildings for years say they weren’t consulted when the NJ4S system was being drawn up and the loss of funding for their current programs will devastate thousands of students.

“This was a purposeful, directed ambush with no chance of participation, no chance to provide insight,” said South Brunswick Superintendent Scott Feder, who runs one of the largest school-based programs in the state.

According to DCF officials, the department “underwent a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process, creating a work group inclusive of school leaders, parents, youth, government stakeholders and representatives from the provider network,” when creating the NJ4S model.

Suzanne Keller, a school-based program director at Red Bank Regional High School in Monmouth County, said she’s “devastated” by the news her program will be eliminated by the end of the school year.

Keller said her program, The Source, does 24/7 mental health care for students but also provides scholarships, preventive medical, dental and eye care and operates a food pantry. She and her fellow Source staff even mobilized to help families with rental assistance during the pandemic, Keller said.

A hub model, she said, would be unable to provide the kind of immediate, hands-on assistance her 23-year-old program specializes in.

“Our program creates trust and bonds with students and the greater school community that a hub and spoke model just cannot create,” Keller said.

Rather than eliminating the school-based programs outright in favor of the not-yet-operating NJ4S model, the state should have piloted something to be sure students in crisis would not lose services in the transition, she said.

The Murphy administration has been looking to reform the school-based youth services system for years. In 2020, amid financial concerns generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the administration proposed cutting funding for the program. The proposed cuts incited the ire of advocates and legislators who said funding mental health programs for students would be non-negotiable.

The money was eventually added back into the final budget, but some education advocates and local school officials have remained wary of the administration’s eagerness to change the system.

The current school-based system has been around since the 1980s and is in place in some 90 schools, providing services such as mental health counseling, employment counseling, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, pregnancy prevention and sexual assault prevention.

In a concept paper released with the state’s NJ4S announcement, DCF Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer wrote the current school-linked system is “limited in scope and reach” and is available to 25,000 to 30,000 students, or 2 percent of the nearly 1.4 million students in New Jersey’s public school system.

Keller said that estimation is an undercount. Between the assemblies, outreach programs, informal counseling sessions with students and advice given to teachers and parents, Keller said her program has touched “every single student” in Red Bank Regional High School as well the broader community in some way for years.

Beyer noted in the paper that the existing school-based system “provides meaningful support to many of the students it serves.” But, she said in the report, “it has not comprehensively adopted evidence-based approaches in use in many other parts of the United States, is not poised to be scalable to all school districts in the state, and, because of inconsistent operating models, is not positioned to maximize federal funding streams.”

The paper also references a December 2020 survey in which a majority of students reported “they prefer to receive mental health support or counseling remotely or in a non-school location rather than in their school.”

Keller and school leaders POLITICO spoke to pushed back against that data.

Jeffrey Moore, superintendent of Hunterdon Central Regional High School, said the idea students don’t want to receive mental health support in school doesn’t line up with what teachers and school counselors are experiencing. He said his school-based program, and many others in the state, have long waiting lists of kids who want to take advantage of the counselors and supports their schools offer.

“The notion that kids don’t want to see counselors in their school, that doesn’t ring true to any of us out here in the schools,” Moore said. “Every school that has a school-based program has figured out how it fits into their constellation of supports for kids. To paint them with a broad brush and just say they’re duplicative or they’re ineffective ignores what each of those programs actually does for kids. In a lot of cases, they save kids’ lives.”

Feder, the South Brunswick superintendent, said practicing the concept paper, he was struck by how little the Murphy administration seemed to know about the current system. He said he found it disconcerting that the state would assert the existing services are not “evidence-based” when they haven’t done any kind of study of the program’s effectiveness.

“The state has never, at any time looked, asked or seen what happens in our districts in this model,” Feder said. “Why would you abandon something that you don’t know is effective because you’ve never put in place any measures to assess effectiveness?”

One of the most glaring concerns Feder and Moore shared is that the 15 “regionally-based hubs” won’t be sufficient to serve the needs of students across New Jersey’s 21 counties.

According to DCF’s announcement of the NJ4S program, the hubs will be organized by court vicinage rather than county and will be more expansive than the existing programs.

Counselors and staff at the hubs “can be mobilized to support the needs of schools, as well as deliver services and support at other areas within the community, including libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, social service agencies, and even residential homes” and will focus on “promoting positive mental health; teaching and strengthening social, emotional and behavioral skills; and supporting a positive school climate and staff well-being.”

Those broader aims differ from what school-based counselors are able to provide, Keller said, adding that she doesn’t understand how a system of this scope could be up and running by September 2023.

“Who has that kind of infrastructure to write grants, take it over, hire people, train them, build relationships in the schools all by September of 2023?” Keller said. “I don’t see how it can work.”

Keller said she and other school-based program operators plan to “fight” to try and save their programs in the transition, but it will be up to Murphy and state lawmakers to decide whether the state budget can sustain both programs.

According to DCF officials, each of the 15 hubs will cost on average $3.1 million to $3.2 million to operate, for a total of around $48 million every year.

The state’s FY23 budget set aside $6.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds to build “a state-level data infrastructure network” and Murphy in his statement announcing the NJ4S program has committed to allocating $8.5 million more in ARP funds “to support the robust startup of hubs with the necessary staff and programming from the start.”

The current school-based system operates with around $30 million in state and federal funding.

With the future of school-based programs in limbo, Keller, Moore and Feder all said that despite their concerns, they support the intentions behind the NJ4S program and hope it gets off the ground in time to serve all of New Jersey’s students in need.

“At the end of the day, of course, that’s my hope that every student has access and that no child misses out on an opportunity if they need counseling,” Keller said. “I just don’t see how it’s going to happen like this.”

Assemblymember Mila Jasey (D-Essex), one of the primary legislators working to restore funding to the school-based program the last time proposed budget cuts were presented, said in a statement to POLITICO that she has “grave concerns” about the Murphy administration’s plans and has “already requested legislation statutorily preserving this critical program.”

“This cannot and should not be a one size fits all model, and neither regionalization nor a county- wide based undertaking is appropriate. Students should be reached in the schools themselves where they are comfortable and receiving an abundance of other related services specifically designed for them,” Jasey said. “It is an understatement for me to say that I believe the SBYSP, as presently constituted, is one of our most effective and successful programs and I am committed to doing everything in my power to see that it is retained in its current form.”

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