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Speak Up! Special Education Task Force Wants to Hear from You!

SOURCE:  New Jersey Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs

The New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students will be conducting meetings throughout the state to hear public testimony on October 16, 23, 27 and 29, 2014, to gather information for its report to the Governor and Legislature.  The Task Force was established by the Legislature to “study issues associated with improving the funding, delivery and effectiveness of special education programs and services for public school students.” 

The regional meetings will be held at:

New Parent Group Listings

The START Project is excited to announce the New Parent Group Listings on the START website. Finding and connecting with special education parent groups in your region is now easy. Complete our web form to list your new parent group. Email the Parent Group Specialist for your region to request to update your group information. Please help us to promote our new Parent Group Listings release and share it with your networks.

Contact the START Project for assistance in starting and running a parent group. Email or call 973-642-SPAN (ext. 123)

SPAN Perspectives

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

Park the PARCC Changes to High School Graduation Requirements

on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:37

From Stan Karp, Education Law Center.  Source: Courier Post

New Jersey high school students and their families have good reason to be concerned about graduation policies recently announced by acting Education Commissioner David Hespe. Hespe’s plan is the latest step in the New Jersey Department of Education’s rollout of new computer-based PARCC tests that all students must take in the spring. The tests are named for the Partnership. . .>>Read More

NJ Medicaid Waivers Transition to Managed Care Effective 7/1/14!

on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 20:53

Families of children (and adults) with disabilities need to know that New Jersey’s Medicaid waivers are moving to managed care effective 7/1/14.  This factsheet will help explain the new process and how to address concerns.  Please note:  The Medicaid Community Care Waiver (CCW) is not changing.  Everyone who has been receiving services through the CCW will continue to receive those services.

What will change for individuals currently receiving services through these Medicaid waivers?

The four NJ Medicaid programs, Global Options for Long-Term Care (GO), AIDS Community Care Alternatives