Trenton, May 10, 2021 – Governor Phil Murphy recognized the achievements of the state’s nearly 250,000 children who receive special education instruction and the work of the teachers, parents, school administrators and others who support them by proclaiming “Special Education Week in New Jersey,” May 9-15, 2021.

On May 11, NJSBA and ASAH will recognize six public and private schools for their special education programming through the “Innovations in Special Education” awards. The programs will be part of a special 10 a.m. Facebook Live broadcast on the NJSBA Facebook channel.

In his proclamation signed on May 6, the governor “calls upon all residents to recognize the achievements of New Jersey’s special education students and the outstanding contributions made by educators, school board members, schools and agencies for the disabled, and their parents.”

The New Jersey School Boards Association and ASAH, an organization representing private special education schools, have sponsored Special Education Week since 1985.

The governor’s proclamation praises the “public school districts and private schools (that) make a major contribution to the public welfare by preparing thousands of exceptional persons to participate as citizens of this state and as members of society.”


The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of the state’s local boards of education and includes the majority of New Jersey’s charter schools as associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.

ASAH  is a professional organization of more than 130 private schools and agencies in New Jersey that provide highly specialized services to more than 11,000 children and adults with special needs.