DOE Private School Regulation Changes
Proposed Amendment to Funding Could Prove Detrimental to Private Schools Serving Students with Disabilities
February 14, 2017
On December 19, 2016, the New Jersey State Board of Education released proposed amendments to N.J.A.C. 6A:23A (Fiscal Accountability, Efficiency, and Budgeting Procedures) that will have a significant impact on the approximately 160 Approved Private Schools for Students with Disabilities (APSSD) and the estimated 10,000 students who currently attend those schools. The proposed amendments outline a set of new accounting rules that will severely impact APSSDs’ pension, healthcare, travel, hiring, staff training, and tuition-setting.
Autism New Jersey is concerned that the adoption of these proposed regulation changes without further changes will detrimentally affect the quality of the educational programming within APSSDs and ultimately put the future of these schools at risk.
Autism New Jersey, in collaboration with ASAH, is actively advocating for changes to be made to the proposed amendments. We recently met with one of Governor Christie’s senior policy advisors on education to express our concerns and are pleased to report some changes were made as a result of that meeting.
Autism New Jersey recommends learning more at ASAH’s website and asks you to consider personalizing their sample letter to voice your concerns.
For as long as is needed, Autism New Jersey will continue its partnership with ASAH and other stakeholders to recommend practical amendments that will ensure essential services, accountability and financial viability for these critical and specialized educational programs. We will post updates and ask you to contact our Helpline 800.4.AUTISM or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Learn more at ASAH's Website.