NJ waiver request gains USED approval

In a letter dated April 7, 2011, the U.S. Dept. of Education has granted a waiver to the state of New Jersey allowing the state to reduce its financial support for special education by $25,671,915 for State financial support for special education and related services for children with disabilities for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2010 (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010).  New Jersey is one of 7 states to request such a waiver to date.

The letter states, in part:

“In reviewing the September 29, 2010, request, as part of our review of “equitability,” we considered all of the information provided by the State in all of its submissions–including that the percent reduction in State financial support for special education and related services was less than the average percent reduction in appropriations across agencies and less than the percent reduction in revenues.  We also considered other relevant information, including the current information provided by the State with regard to the targets it has set and its data on the compliance and performance indicators under section 616 of the IDEA (20 U.S.C. §1416).  In addition, when evaluating the equity of the requested waiver, we considered the fact that the IDEA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds were available to assist the State and local educational agencies (LEAs) in meeting their obligation to make a FAPE available to all children with disabilities in SFY 2010.”

Full letter is here. Information on all waiver requests is here.

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