The Asbury Park Press reported about the current debate in New Jersey between students with disabilities being in mainstream inclusion classrooms to the other side of the spectrum of being in special ed classrooms and out of district schools.
Currently 8-9 percent of children with special needs are placed in school outsider their home districts. The national average is said to be less than 3 percent.
Four New Jersey organizations: Disability Rights New Jersey, Education Law Center, the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and The Arc of New Jersey, came together last year to file a lawsuit trying the reduce amount of students with disabilities going out of district.
Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services Lisa Goring told the Ashbury Park Press, “Where to educate a child with special needs really depends on the student. For schools to successfully include children with special needs, everyone — not just teachers but bus drivers, office staff and cafeteria workers — must be trained and familiar with the unique challenges these students face and their needs.”