SENATE, No. 2334

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 19, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† M. TERESA RUIZ

District 29 (Essex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Directs DOE to make database of special education decisions available on website.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

 


An Act concerning access to legal decisions regarding special education and supplementing chapter 46 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a.† The Department of Education shall maintain and make available on its website an electronic database of legal decisions concerning special education in New Jersey.† The purpose of the database shall be to provide parents, school districts, child study team members, and other interested members of the public with easily accessible information on legal decisions regarding New Jersey special education matters.

†††† b.††† The database shall contain a full-text copy of each written decision rendered by the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law in a special education due process hearing, and, if the decision is appealed, any subsequent decision on the matter rendered by a court of the State of New Jersey or a federal court.† The database shall include each special education decision rendered after the effective date of this act.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires the Department of Education to maintain an electronic database of legal decisions concerning special education in New Jersey.† The department must make the database available on its website so that it can be easily accessed by parents, school districts, child study team members, or other interested members of the public who wish to obtain information on legal decisions regarding New Jersey special education matters.

†††† The database will contain a full-text copy of each decision rendered by the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law (OAL) in a special education due process hearing.† If the OAL decision is appealed, any subsequent decision on the matter rendered by a New Jersey State court or a federal court must also be included in the database.† The database will include each special education decision rendered after the billís effective date.