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Proposed Changes To New Jersey Special Education Rules

by Robert A. Muccilli, Esq.

On March 6, 2000, the New Jersey State Board of Education proposed changes to the State’s rules governing special education. The proposed changes are largely designed to bring the rules into conformity with final revisions to the federal special education regulations that were published in March 1999. The changes affect current rule requirements regarding referral, identification, evaluation, eligibility, individual education program, reevaluation, independent evaluation, child find, discipline and procedural protections. The proposed changes do not contain time limitations for parents to challenge special education determinations in a due process hearing. If there is an interest in addressing this limitations issue, or any other matter pertaining to the proposed changes to the state special education rules, written comments should be submitted by April 5, 2000 to: Barbara Anderson, Division of Student Services, New Jersey Department of Education, Riverview Executive Plaza, Building 100, PO Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500.

This article was written by Robert A. Muccilli, Esq., Shareholder in Capehart Scatchard’s Employment and School Law Groups. Should you have questions or like more information, please contact Mr. Muccilli at 856.914.2074, by fax at 856.235.2786, or by e-mail at rmuccilli@capehart.com.

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