By CBSNewYork Team

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy addressed concerns Wednesday about a push to extend eligibility for special education students.

The bill unanimously passed the Assembly and was approved by the Senate.

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It would give certain special education students exceeding the age of eligibility, which is 21, an added year of education due to COVID-19.

Murphy was asked Wednesday about why he hasn’t signed it yet.

“No news yet as we normally don’t on bills that we haven’t made a call on,” he said. “Enormous sympathy with the challenge in the most vulnerable communities that have been crushed by this pandemic.”

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The governor would need to sign the bill this month so a plan could be enacted for the start of the next school year.

CBSNewYork Team