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Diegnan Statement on Improving Accountability at Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

(TRENTON) – Assembly Education Committee Chair Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement on Monday following the education committee’s hearing on improving accountability and oversight at private schools catering to students with disabilities:

“The concerns raised by recent news reports about questionable spending and lax oversight at these private schools were certainly alarming. These schools serve some of our most vulnerable students, and we must ensure that the individuals that run these schools are doing so with their best interest, as well as the best interest of taxpayers in mind. It was comforting to hear from parents today who shared the good things happening at these schools. Nevertheless we must ensure that public resources are being properly spent. I have reached out to officials in the department of education, and I’m confident they are aware of these issues and will take appropriate action, if needed. We will continue to work on the legislative side to draft regulations that will improve oversight and accountability.”