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Pending Legislation Would Extend Special Education Eligibility Temporarily For High Students Aging Out in 2020-21 or 2021-22

There are two bills pending in the NJ Legislature that will extend special education eligibility temporarily in response to Covid-19. If passed, Senate bill S3434 and Assembly bill A5366 will require districts to provide special education and related services to students who would otherwise age out in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years for an additional year.

The bills can be found here:

https://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/S3434/2020

https://legiscan.com/NJ/text/A5366/2020

If you are interested in showing your support for these bills, you can find contact information for District 16’s legislators Senator Kip Bateman and Assemblymen Roy Freiman and Andrew Zwicker here.

For more information, see this press release from the sponsors of the Senate version of the bill.

Thank you to the parent who brought this to our attention at our last PTO meeting!


Additional Opportunities to Provide Feedback for Special Education Program Review

As its independent review of PPS's Special Education Program wraps up, Public Consulting Group (PCG) is offering a final opportunity for stakeholders to provide input. PCG recently surveyed district educators, and the PCG survey for parents/guardians of students with IEPs will be open until March 17th. Special Education parents/guardians should check their inbox for the invitation sent by PPS on March 3rd with the survey link. If you did not receive a survey but would like to offer feedback, please email your comments to Public Consulting Group directly at programreviewfeedback@pcgus.com (please write Princeton in the subject line). All feedback is confidential.

Thank you for participating so that all voices can be heard and continuous improvements can be made for all students.

Hot Off The Press: Our March 2021 Newsletter

Check out our March 2021 newsletter, available here, for important updates about the Special Education program review currently underway, the new Autism Classroom teacher at PUMS, and our upcoming PTO events. Not a subscriber? You can find all of our past issues on this website under the Newsletters tab, or email us at specialedpto@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list so you don't miss an issue.

Join Us at One of Our February Virtual Meetings!

Do you have a question about PPS's Special Education programs or the IEP process? Please join us at our next parent-led Special Education PTO meeting on Tuesday, February 16th at 3:00 p.m. At these meetings, we share updates from our latest meeting with PPS's Director of Special Services and the Special Education Supervisors, solicit parent feedback, discuss resources and ideas, and provide support for one another.

We are also hosting our monthly Coffee Talk on Saturday, February 27th from 9-10 a.m. This month's discussion will focus on Person Centered Planning - What is it and why should you care?

The links to both meetings can be found in our February 2021 newsletter, now available here. If you plan to join us at either meeting (or both!) for the first time this year, please RSVP to specialedpto@gmail.com. RSVPs aren't required, but they help us recognize your name when we're letting participants in from the Zoom waiting room.

If you can't attend either meeting but have a question or would like to offer feedback, please email us at specialedpto@gmail.com or use our anonymous contact form.

January Updates

Happy New Year! The Special Education PTO is kicking off 2021 with our first PTO meeting of the academic year on January 12th at 3:00. Please join us to hear updates from our meetings with the Student Services team and the PTO Council and to ask questions and share feedback. Our PTO meetings are open to all parents and guardians of children receiving special education services in the PPS school district. New faces are always welcome!

Also in January, PPS's Supervisor of Mathematics and Business Education, Stephenie Tidwell, is holding several virtual meetings for parents and guardians to discuss the PPS Math curriculum. The meetings are on Wednesday, January 13th at 7 p.m. (part of the PHS Program of Studies meeting for high school parents), Wednesday, January 27th at 4 p.m. for PUMS and PHS parents, and Thursday, January 28th at 4 p.m. for elementary school parents. The Zoom links will be posted of the PTOC's website prior to each meeting.

Finally, our Coffee Talk series will continue on Saturday, January 23rd from 9-10 a.m. This month's topic: Parent “Make & Take” - Create an emergency list of contacts, professionals and supports for your student.


For more updates and resources (including the Zoom link for all of our meetings), check out our January 2021 newsletter, available here.




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