Senate Passes Bill Establishing Special Education Ombudsman

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The state Senate on Monday approved a bill, S451 (Ruiz/Allen) establishing the Office of the Special Education Ombudsman in the Department of Education.  The measure passed, 33-0.

The ombudsman would provide parents, students and educators with information on special education rights and services. He or she also would provide information on resolving disputes between parents and school districts, identify patterns of complaints and make recommendations to the Department of Education.

The Assembly Education Committee approved its chamber’s version of the bill, A-1103 (Vainieri Huttle), back in June.

NJPSA supports this measure.