New Jersey Department of Education


Until further notice, it is strongly encouraged that all filings and general correspondence be submitted electronically. Anything submitted to either email address, below, does NOT need to be mailed. Please do not fax any documents to the Office of Controversies and Disputes at this time.


This office assists the Commissioner with hearing and deciding disputes under the state’s school laws.  The office receives, dockets and reviews petitions filed by parties seeking rulings from the Commissioner.  It arranges for hearings at the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), where parties present argument and evidence, and works with the Commissioner in subsequent review of case files and OAL recommendations.  C&D assists the Commissioner in preparation of final written decisions and maintains records of decisions issued. It also provides, upon inquiry, general information to the public about the procedures for filing a petition of appeal with the Commissioner.

Office of Controversies and Disputes
New Jersey State
Department of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ  08625
(p) 609-376-9079
(f)  609-292-4333 – This email address may be used for general questions. – This email address may be used to electronically file documents.  If documents are filed electronically, a hard copy does not need to be mailed to the Office of Controversies and Disputes.

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