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Rible Special Education Bill Clears Committee

Bill aimed at streamlining special education programs in New Jersey public schools

A state Assembly bill aimed at streamlining special education programs in the state’s public schools on Thursday passed its first major hurdle when it cleared the Education Committee.

The bill, A1365, this week passed the committee by a unanimous vote and will be headed for a full vote of the Assembly. The bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Rible and would create a task force charged with improving the funding, deliver and effectiveness of special education programs and services in New Jersey’s public schools.

The bill would create the Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students, comprised of 14 Gubernatorial appointments and the state Education Commissioner. The 14 would include parents, teachers, administrators and advocates involved in the special education community, according to the bill.

The panel would be charged with studying issues such as the methods of classifying special needs students strategies to reduce costs of out-of-district placements and program standards to ensure programs meets students’ needs and focus on achievement.

It would have 180 days after it organizes study to present findings and recommendations based on its study, according to the bill.

“Many families with special needs children have been frustrated with their experiences in the public school system. Although there are some exceptional special education programs in New Jersey, we can do better,” Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean, said in a release. “This task force will leave no stone unturned in its quest to find ways to make special education more efficient and effective with a greater emphasis on student achievement.”

The bipartisan legislation is also prime-sponsored by Assembly members Mary Pat Angelini, Jason O’Donnell and Donna Simon, and Senators Jennifer Beck and Teresa M. Ruiz.

“I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their support of this critical issue affecting education in just about every community in New Jersey,” Rible said.

Anonymous December 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Hopefully the committee will evaluate the programs available for students with emotional disabilities in our schools, and treat them differently than students with behavioral disabilities. Mental health needs to be a major focus in our future to prevent any more tragedies.
Jon January 13, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Agreed, I feel they need more classes for all these children that have disabilities. They just don't have enough. The schools don't always correctly diagnose kids. Personally I think it is a money thing. A principal that I was familiar with just did not understand disabilities. He always felt it was behavior or as he would refer them as being spoiled kids which I thought was awful. I am not saying kids are not spoil today of both disability and non disability kids. I really don't think all principals or schools understand disabilities. They need to trained more. On the other hand I don't feel their should be a stigma even though I am sure there is. I also feel those kids who are above average with no disabilities get lost, bored waiting around to be recognized or even get any time at all with the teacher. Teachers are being spread to thin. I think they have to rethink the classes. Kids with disabilities should be with other kids with disabilities. I say they will feel more comfortable with kids just like them and vise versa. Less awkward for both sides. I am not saying not to put them together in classes that does not mater such as art, music, gym, lunch. It just has to be fair for all students and all sides.
Jon January 13, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Assembly Dave Rible, I hope you read these post. I also would like you to work on other problems in our Great NJ Public Schools. Stop the "Politics" that continues to go on in the Great NJ Public Schools System. Someone needs to take it on. Apparently many are aware of it. Yet nothing changes. Trust me. I am not alone I can promise you that. Only a few politically connected are getting recognized. It is unfair to all the other kids in the Great NJ Public School System that are getting unfairly pushed to the side. This has nothing to do with jealousy or revenge it is about the down right fraud that is going on. Teachers know about it too! They just can't say or doing anything about it if they want to keep their job or if they are the ones who's kid is getting special treatment. Many of the Great NJ Public Schools are getting away with blatant preferential treatment that needs to be tackled. Hopefully you will be the man to get the ball rolling.
Jose January 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Dude, Right on! It was so frustrating when I was in high school. There was so many kids who were getting overlooked because of this same nonsense. It was so frustrating at that age level. The coaches don't even look in some of the other kids direction. They would just throw them to the side. If anything they are hiding those kids hoping they will quit the team so they don't have to deal with the controversy. They are all to busy playing politics. They played "GOD" "POLITICS" THEY ALREADY PRE PICKED THEIR KIDS prior to actually starting to see what talent they have. They pick by who is who, the BOE MEMBERS kids, The Teachers kids, The Athletic directors kids, Tuition kids, Friends kids, Police kids, Usually there is no spots left or possibly one spot with several kids fighting for time.The coach will purposely sabotage a player making them look bad by putting them in with third string kids that never played no fault of their own. I am a junior in college now and it doesn't matter anymore. I have to laugh. All these chosen star sports players in H.S. not only was unsuccessful in the sports program in college they flunked out of college all together. Mr. Dave, not that it matters anymore to me. Does not mean I don't think someone should do something about all these continous political games most of these educators play. I feel for these kids. I few of my friends were so much of a better baseball player than the chosen ones.
Jose January 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM
By the way, you have to wonder how many more kids have quit their h.s. teams or changed schools? I can almost bet if you went around asking some of these high school kids (if they are not afraid to speak out) they would. They would have no problem telling you by the first year of college. Students would definitely give you their thoughts. The educators would be very surprised how much they knew. The educators really think the kids are that dumb that they can't figure it all at.

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