New Jersey districts receive some of their special education funding through Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B grants. The amount of this revenue may be found in district user-friendly budgets. To receive these funds, districts must provide assurance that they have a special education plan in place that addresses about two dozen requirements.
If your answers to these questions give you pause, consider what steps your local association could take to influence professional development in your district.
NJEA promotes quality, collaborative professional learning experiences for our members, not simply a series of videos to be viewed independently. Think about using the regulatory language to add or enhance language in your contract. Or use it more broadly to create a persuasive argument for authentic, relevant professional learning for your members.
Remember, your district is obligated to meet these requirements when they accept the IDEA funds.
A useful NJEA publication that answers many questions about NJ special education regulations may be found here: njea.org/specialedregs. The entire NJ special education code may be accessed at state.nj.us/education/code/current/title6a/chap14.pdf.
For additional questions, email Camy Kobylinksi, associate director for NJEA Professional Development and Instructional Issues, at firstname.lastname@example.org.