New Jersey Governor Christie today signed legislation sponsored by State Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) establishing the Office of the Special Education Ombudsman within the state Department of Education in an effort to offer valuable resources and support for parents with children in the special education system.
“For many parents, navigating our state’s complex special education system can be an overwhelming and burdensome process,” Senator Allen said. “Having this office at the state level will be a tremendous asset for parents who are struggling to clear roadblocks and understand the rights and services their children are entitled to receive.”
Under the bill, S451, the Commissioner of Education will appoint a Special Education Ombudsman. The ombudsman will be required to make an annual report to the State Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education that includes a summary of the services the ombudsman provided during the year and recommendations concerning the state’s implementation of special education procedures and services.
“By establishing this strong network of support, we are ensuring that both parents and educators have the tools and resources that are essential to helping all children succeed in classrooms across our state,” Senator Allen said.
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