Gov. Phil Murphy recognized the achievements of the state’s 232,599 children who receive special education instruction and the work of teachers, parents, school administrators and others who support them by proclaiming “Special Education Week in New Jersey,” May 14-20, 2023.

In his proclamation, signed May 4, 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.”

Winners of the NJSBA 2023 Innovations in Special Education Award will be recognized for their special education programming in a special video scheduled for release during Special Education Week 2023.