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NJCIE wishes to thank everyone who supported our 2014 Night of Holiday Magic fundraiser. Overlooking THE TREE at Rockefeller Plaza from the Pulse Restaurant is always festive and somewhat magical, even with pouring rain! This year was no exception. The generosity of so many made this year’s event one of the most successful fundraisers in…

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While the settlement agreement itself is only 14 pages long, each side of the dispute provided volumes of documents to the court in support of its position. To help prepare their case, the plaintiffs – The Arc of NJ, Disability Rights New Jersey, the Education Law Center, and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network – retained…

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In February 2014, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) was ordered to address longstanding claims that it violated the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) by failing to ensure that more students with disabilities are educated in general education classrooms. The negotiated settlement brought to a close a lawsuit initiated in 2004 by Disability Rights…

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The decision has been made. Jamal, an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy will be returning from an out-of-district placement to his home school district and will be placed in a general education classroom. But there is more to it than just changing the bus schedule. In fact, supporting a student with disabilities as he or she…

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Governor Christie has signed a package of bills that address the identification and education of students with dyslexia. Together, these laws provide a unique opportunity for educators to learn about evidence-based reading strategies that can be used in inclusive classrooms. The first law, P.L. 2-13, c131, defines the term “dyslexia,” using the definition of the…

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In 1989 with a strong vision for neighborhood schools throughout New Jersey where children with disabilities and learning differences would be welcomed as classmates, valued as learners and empowered to succeed, parents and professions united to establish the New Jersey Coalition for Education, Inc. (NJCIE).

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