The New Jersey School Boards Association planned to release the final report of its Special Education Task Force during a special meeting for school board members Thursday in South Brunswick.
The event was scheduled to take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Crossroads South Middle School in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick. The presentation was to include the task force report by its chairman, Dr. Gerald J. Vernotica, followed by a panel discussion with members of the study group.
The NJSBA Special Education Task Force was established in January 2013 as a key initiative of Association Executive Director Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod. Dr. Vernotica, the task force chairman, is an associate professor at Montclair State University, as well as a former assistant commissioner of education, executive county superintendent, district superintendent, principal, teacher and director of special services. Nine local school board members and school administrators served on the task force.
The final report includes findings and recommendations on ways for public schools to control special education costs, while still preserving the quality of special education for children. The task force spent over a year on its work, consulting 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. It conducted an exhaustive study of the literature on the delivery and financing of special education services, and explored options that focus on academic achievement.
Funding for the project was provided through a grant from the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey.
Crossroads South Middle School is located at 195 Major Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852. Directions are available at the following link: http://www.sbschools.org/our_schools/directory.php.
For additional information, contact Frank Belluscio or Jeanette Rundquist.