Bill allowing special-ed students to receive services at sectarian schools released

The Senate Education Committee released a bill that would lift the restriction on the placement of special education students in instructional programs in sectarian or religiously-oriented schools.

While it was released, Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Teresa Ruiz abstained.

There were concerns expressed about the bill, even some opposition.

Jennifer Keyes Maloney of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association said it needs to be addressed how exactly the provision of services will be changed under this bill and also how much will it cost local school districts to provide the services.

The N.J. Education Association opposed the bill, saying it will have a ripple impact on how services will be provided. The bill, according to NJEA, would create  a slippery slope in taking public education funds and putting them into religious institutions.

The Education Law Center also said religion is often infused in several aspects of teaching and it is often difficult to separate tax dollars from becoming entangled for religious teachings.

Bill allowing special-ed students to receive services at sectarian schools released