Y.A.L.E School Leader to Serve on New Jersey Special Education Task Force

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Y.A.L.E School Leader, Chris Sarandoulias of Medford Lakes New Jersey was appointed to serve on New Jersey's special education task force. The task force will address issues affecting students with disabilities.

I am deeply honored to be appointed to the Task Force and to be serving with such an impressive group of leaders.

Chris Sarandoulias has been named by Governor Chris Christie to serve on the Task Force on Improving Special Education. A resident of Medford, New Jersey, Sarandoulias is director of The Y.A.L.E. School, a network of twelve state-approved private schools serving more than 530 children, teens and young adults with disabilities in southern and central New Jersey.

“I am deeply honored to be appointed to the Task Force, and to be serving with such an impressive group of leaders,” said Sarandoulias, a credentialed educator, school leader and advocate for children. “I have been in the field of special education my entire career and look forward to bringing that experience to the work of the Task Force.”

The 17-member task force is charged with developing recommendations to improve the funding, delivery and effectiveness of special education programs and services in New Jersey. The group will study issues including methods of classifying and educating students with disabilities; best practices for special education; strategies to reduce costs associated with out-of-district placements; and standards to ensure programs meets students’ needs and focus on achievement.

Others on the task force include the state Education Commissioner, parents, teachers, administrators and advocates involved in the special education community. The task force has 180 days after it organizes to present its findings and recommendations.

About The Y.A.L.E. School:
Established in 1976, The Y.A.L.E. School has an impressive 35-year track record of success. A New Jersey state-approved private school for students with disabilities, The Y.A.L.E. School provides a positive approach to learning for students with disabilities 3 to 21 years of age, who need a specialized setting in order to benefit from education. On nine campuses, The Y.A.L.E. School serves students with social, emotional, learning, and behavioral disabilities from Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem counties. At The Y.A.L.E. School, learning is based on science, understanding, and compassion in the classroom, delivered by talented and well-trained teams of career educators and specialists. Most students at The Y.A.L.E. School are referred by their local school district; they attend at no cost to parents.

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