Input From Parents Requested: Special Ed. Task Force in NJ

The following information is from the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network regarding public input to the special education process.   There is opportunity to attend in public as well as submit information via email or regular mail by October 31st, 2014.

Find the full text of the SPANNJ notice HERE

Your voice needs to be heard by the NJ Spec. Ed. Task Force at its upcoming regional hearings, 10/16, 23, 27 and 29. This information was sent to school districts.

The topics for input include:

  • The evaluation of practices for classifying and educating students who are eligible for special education programs and services;
  • The development of best practices for education professionals working with special education students;
  • Strategies to reduce the costs associated with the placement of eligible students in out-of-district public schools or private schools, including the development of in-district special education programs and services; and
  • The development of standards and appropriate oversight to ensure that programs and services address the needs of students, focus on student achievement, and assess the effectiveness of programs and services.

Comments and suggestions may also be provided to the task force through October 31 via email at or by postal mail at:  New Jersey Special Education Task Force, c/o Office of Special Education Programs, New Jersey Department of Education, PO Box 500, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0500.