OU Advocacy-NJ Commends Introduction of Special Ed Bill in NJ State Assembly

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March 20, 2014                                                                       Roslyn Singer, 212-613-8227


The New Jersey office of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center commended New Jersey State Assembly Members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Amy Handlin, Patrick Diegnan, Joseph Cryan and Annette Quijano for introducing bill A-3055, which will allow school districts to assign a student with special needs to an accredited special education non-public school program— even if that program is sectarian—as long as the funds are used only for non-sectarian programs and services.

Additional sponsors of the bill include Assembly Members Joseph Lagana, Tim Eustace, Raj Mukherji, Upendra Chivukula and Angel Fuentes.

“We are hopeful that this version of the bill will garner broader support in the legislature and pass,” said Josh Pruzansky, Regional Director of OU Advocacy-NJ. “We are grateful to Assemblywoman Huttle for once again spearheading this effort to give equal opportunity and fair treatment to all students with special needs.”

Dr. Jeff Lichtman, International Director of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, added, “We enthusiastically support this bill as it would give students with special needs an opportunity to attend a program that best serves them—regardless of where the program is located.”

The bill will be reviewed by the Assembly Education Committee. If approved, the bill will move to the Assembly floor for consideration by the full Assembly.