The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) regulates private special education schools like the one your son or daughter attends. These regulations affect everything from services and staff, to facility and finance.
The NJDOE has recently proposed more than 80 pages of new accounting rules that will devastate private schools, and make it very hard for them to operate. Some schools may be forced to close.
The rules affect areas such as pension, healthcare, travel, hiring and staff training, tuition-setting, debt, and audits, to name a few. These rules will DIRECTLY affect services to children.
ASAH has opposed these rules and has asked leaders in Trenton to delay action, but WE ARE NOT ALONE. Look at all the organizations that are asking the State Board to delay:
- Advocates for Children of NJ (ACNJ)
- Autism New Jersey
- The Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities
- The Arc of New Jersey
- NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies
- New Jersey Coalition for Special Education Funding Reform
- The United Way of Central Jersey
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Our Fact Sheet developed following the February 1 State Board meeting.
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HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE:
These proposed rules would have a devastating effect on approved private schools’ ability to continue serving their students.
On January 12, NJTV aired the following segment on concerns over the proposed code changes.
Public Hearings on Charters and Private Schools
NJ Spotlight, John Mooney, January 4, 2017.
Special Education Schools Alarmed at DOE Proposals
NJ Spotlight: re NJTV coverage, John Mooney, January 4, 2017.
A Call to Action
Brick Shorebeat, Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, January 17, 2017
UPDATE: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING, APRIL 5, 2017
Today, the State Board of Education took testimony on the proposed code changes that will affect private special education services. Each one of the 18 people who testified on the code spoke in opposition, and urged that the state board refuse to adopt it. There were no supporters of the code.
ASAH leadership and members of several schools were there, along with Autism New Jersey and The New Jersey Coalition for Special Education Funding Reform. By far, the most compelling testimony came from the 8 family members who spoke. Many fighting emotions as they spoke, mothers, fathers and even an older brother described how private special education has been life-altering. They described the well trained, credentialed staff and the need for a full range of intensive related services. They implored the Board of Education to reject the proposal.
Members of the Board appeared to be moved by the testimony. All expressed deep concern for the issues raised and agreed to look further into the issues.
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CLICK HERE to read the testimony of Gerry Thiers on behalf of ASAH given at the April 5th Board Meeting.
UPDATE: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING, FEBRUARY 1, 2017
More than 30 families and their children with severe disabilities squeezed into the public meeting of the New Jersey State Board of Education on Wednesday, February 1. Joined by nearly 80 other special education advocates and leaders from state organizations, they jammed the lobby of the New Jersey Department of Education in opposition to new state rules that would put special education services for the state’s most vulnerable students at risk.
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Send a letter to State Board of Education regarding the proposed code.
Mr. Mark W. Biedron
New Jersey State Board of Education
State Board Office
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
The Honorable Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
Ms. Kimberley Harrington
New Jersey Department of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
You can also sign this parent-initiated petition at Change.org to stop the proposed code revisions.
ABOUT PRIVATE SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOLS IN NEW JERSEY
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