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” from May 9 to May 15, 2021.

As a highlight of the week, NJSBA and ASAH recognized six public and private schools for their special education programming through the “Innovations in Special Education” awards. The programs were part of a special 10 a.m. Facebook Live broadcast aired on May 11 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.”