Source: Allentown Examiner -
Legislation sponsored by state assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande and Amy Handlin (both R-Monmouth) that bans bonuses from being given to school superintendents based on reducing the number of special needs students who are placed in out-of-the-district educational facilities was recently signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.
“It is inappropriate to ever tie a superintendent’s compensation to where a child attends school,” Casagrande said. “I am proud that New Jersey is taking a stand on behalf of our special needs students and their families.”
The bill, A-3997 (S-3076), was introduced after officials in some school districts had begun awarding bonuses for reducing the number of students being placed in out of district facilities. The bill received unanimous support in the Assembly on June 20, 2013, according to a press release.
“Exploring constructive and achievable approaches to educating youngsters with special needs should be what motivates an educator, not figuring out a way to obtain an additional perk,” Handlin said.
The legislation bars bonuses to school superintendents for reducing the number of special education students who are enrolled in out-of-district programs.