URGENT: State Board of Education is considering changes in the special education regulations that would, if enacted, allow teachers and other certified staff to be designated as case managers of students with disabilities. Unless we intervene, the changes will continue through the process as is. Please write to the Board IMMEDIATELY!
NJEA is opposing these changes, and needs members to write to members of the State Board to help them understand the detrimental impact of these proposed changes on special education students and our members. It is imperative that we convince Board members to slow the process down. (See the “TAKE ACTION!” section at bottom for details on this and other necessary actions.)
Some of the other proposed changes include:
- Allowing school districts 90 days to complete an evaluation of a student with a disability when that student transfers from one NJ school district to another in-state district, or when a student transfers from an out-of-state district to a NJ district (current code requires an evaluation within 30 days);
- Allowing extended time for class-size waivers; and
- Disregarding notification to parents after a class-size waiver has been granted.
“It is vitally important that our members act immediately to let the State Board know the dangers that these proposed changes pose to our students and to special education,” said NJEA President Barbara Keshishian. “Please write your Board members now!”
- It is extremely important that we contact our state board members regarding this issue now! We need your help in writing and generating letters to state board members so that they can understand the detrimental impact these regulations will have on our special education students.
- If you are able to take a personal day, consider attending NJEA’s Lobby Day at the State Board of Education Meeting on March 6. If you would like to testify, register by noon of March 1, at http://education.state.nj.us/sboe/
- Contact your legislators to let them know your concerns. Although the state legislature does not have any say over the regulatory process, legislators should be aware of the changes that will impact students all across New Jersey.
- Stay informed through the NJEA Reporter, Review and njea.org website.
- Attend your LAT meetings.