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Special Education: A Service, Not a Place

The NJSBA Special Education Task Force conducted an exhaustive study of trends in special education programming, funding, and effective practices. During its deliberations, the Task Force consulted with more than 25 experts in special education, including representatives of higher education, key personnel in the U.S. and New Jersey Departments of Education, and special education advocates and practitioners. The Task Force surveyed the literature on the delivery and financing of special education services, and explored options that focus on academic achievement.

Special Education: A Service, Not a Place — April 10, 2014 presentation

Letter of Transmittal

The NJSBA Task Force on Special Education (membership and charge)


Legal Context

The Cost of Special Education

The School Funding Reform Act of 2008

Other States’ Funding Mechanisms

Alternative Funding Sources

What Is Fair Funding?

The Need for Special Education Services

Programs that Promote Success

Improving Achievement: The Research

Preventive, Proactive, Cost-Effective Frameworks

  • Response to Intervention
  • School-wide Positive Behavior Support
  • Universal Design for Learning

A Culture of Respect and Trust

  • Returning Students to their Home Districts
  • Professional Development: Staff
  • Professional Development: School Board Members

Shared Service Models in Other States

Review of NJSBA Policies Related to Special Education



A. Results of 2013 Survey: Special Education Trends and Best Practices

B. Survey Instrument: Alternative Funding

C. Special Education: What Board of Education Members Should Know

D. Special Education Funding in New Jersey

E. North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional Study

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This study was funded through a grant from the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey