Advocacy Alert: State Board Adopts Special Ed Funding Code for July 1 Implementation

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 facilities and finance. On June 7, the State Board of Education adopted 82 pages of new fiscal code for special education schools that serve roughly 10,000 […]

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Special Ed Practitioners Advocacy Action Alert

The following is an advocacy alert from New Jersey Special Education Practitioners. Recently, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) issued a memo related to the cost and delivery of related services (including counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, school nurse services, recreation, social work services, and speech-language services) for students placed in private special education schools.

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New BCBA Job Code

For years, private schools have struggled with how to title BCBA professionals. Now, the NJ Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs has announced the creation of a job code for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). This is good news, given the intensive educational and behavioral needs of children, adolescents, and adults with autism. […]

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ASAH Presents at New Jersey School Boards Association Conference

Leaders from three ASAH member schools presented a workshop at the sold-out New Jersey School Boards Association Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Entitled, “How Private Special Education Schools Can Help Districts Reduce Costs, Build Local Capacity and Improve Outcomes,” the 60-minute program will be moderated by ASAH Executive Director, Gerry Thiers. Panelists detailed innovative and […]

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ASAH President Dr. Dorothy VanHorn Elected Chairperson of State Special Education Advisory Council

ASAH President Dr. Dorothy VanHorn has been elected Chairperson of the State Special Education Advisory Council. The purpose of the advisory council is to provide guidance on special education and related services. Specifically the Council is charged with: Advising the Commissioner of Education on the unmet educational needs of pupils with disabilities within the state; […]

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Dyslexia Screening Now Required in New Jersey

As posted by Common Ground on April 22, 2014 Governor Christie has signed a package of bills that will benefit students with reading difficulties. Under the new requirements, young children who are showing signs of reading problems will have to be screened for dyslexia within the first few months of second grade. The bill, S-2442, […]

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