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ESEA Reauthorization is on the Move

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander's 400-page draft legislation for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was released on Jan. 12.  Below you will find other news about the reauthorization process and how your voices can be heard.  Stay tuned for information on public hearings in Congress.  Alexander has solicited feedback on his staff discussion draft and there were almost 8,000 commenters. Information on Senate HELP Committee hearings (Testing & Accountability-1/21/2015; Supporting Teachers & School Leaders-1/27/2013; Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students-

DCF Commissioner Blake Celebrates Parent Leadership Month!

DCF Commissioner Alison Blake provided welcoming comments at the February 27 Parent Leadership Breakfast in Newark and commended Parents Anonymous of NJ and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) for our support of parent leadership at all levels.  Her comments follow:

Celebrating Parent Leadership Month, this morning I participated in Parents Anonymous’ Parent Leadership Recognition Breakfast.  This annual event salutes parents and their commitment to raising strong families.

SPAN Testimony Supporting NJ's HCBS Transition Plan

On Thursday, February 19, there is a public hearing about the state's proposed Home and Community-Based Services Transition Plan.  The plan is a serious attempt to move NJ into compliance with the new federal rules and to help make NJ a more inclusive state for people with disabilities.

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Senator Menendez Accepts AMCHP Legislative Champion Award from SPAN's Diana Autin

on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:57

Senator Menendez Accepts Legislative Champion Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs – SPAN’s Co-Director Diana Autin Presents Award on Behalf of AMCHP

Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), had the privilege of presenting the Legislative Champion Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez on January 26, 2015.  Her comments and the comments of Senator Menendez follow.

“I am Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), a one-stop

Rights of Pregnant Women to Seek Substance Abuse Treatment Upheld by NJ Supreme Court!

on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:20

The New Jersey Supreme Court on December 22, 2014, decided New Jersey Division of Youth & Family Services v. Y.N., an important decision for pregnant mothers struggling with substance abuse.  The Court held that a pregnant woman cannot be found guilty of abuse or neglect—and placed on the child-abuse Central Registry—merely because she enrolled in a methadone treatment program.  And that is true even if the woman’s child is born suffering from symptoms associated with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome—an unfortunate, but expected, side-effect of methadone treatment.

SPAN Testifies Before NJ State Senate on Proposed Charter School Legislation

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:59

On October 16, the NJ State Senate held hearings on proposed charter school legislation that would update and increase accountability for the operation and performance of charter schools and make them more accountable for students with disabilities, English language learners, and low-income students.  Our testimony called for even greater accountability and oversight to ensure that charter schools do not discriminate against these students in admissions, provision of services, or discipline.  SPAN will keep you informed of further developments!  Go to

ESEA Reauthorization is on the Move

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander's 400-page draft legislation for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was released on Jan. 12.  Below you will find other news about the reauthorization process and how your voices can be heard.  Stay tuned for information on public hearings in Congress.  Alexander has solicited feedback on his staff discussion draft and there were almost 8,000 commenters. Information on Senate HELP Committee hearings (Testing & Accountability-1/21/2015; Supporting Teachers & School Leaders-1/27/2013; Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students-

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