The Senate Education Committee released bill S-1929, and on Monday the Assembly will hear bill A-2869. These bills are strongly opposed by the NJEA. These bills would allow for students with special needs to be placed in sectarian or religious schools. We need to take action now before the hearing in the Assembly on Monday!
Placement of a student with disabilities in a sectarian setting is inappropriate:
- There is no requirement that a sectarian school employ fully certified, highly qualified staff. In fact, many of them do not even employ a Child Study Team (CST).
- Sectarian schools are not obligated to meet the same standards that public schools must. Our special needs students should not receive less than their regular education student counterparts.
- In order to receive the services to which they are entitled, the student could be placed in an environment where they are taught religious views that are diametrically opposed to those of their family.
- Taxpayer funds will be used to support religious education since the student’s district of residency will be responsible to pay the cost of sending the student to the sectarian school.
A copy of NJEA’s position statement is attached to provide additional information on the detrimental impact this legislation will have on our special needs population.
Morris County’s Representation in the Assembly:
Assemblyman John Bramnick
Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz
Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll
146 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: (973) 539-8113
Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce
Assemblyman Jay Webber
1055 Parsippany Blvd., Suite 104, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: (973) 265-0057
Assemblywoman Mila Jasey
Assemblyman John McKeon
250 Main St., Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 377-1606