Category: School Law

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for NJ School Districts

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for NJ School Districts

Navigating COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for New Jersey school districts… Navigating COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for New Jersey school districts. When implementing policies for the 2021-2022 school year, it is important to recognize that guidance continues to evolve, and policies may need to be adjusted accordingly.

When May NJ Schools Discipline Students for Off-Campus Speech?

When May NJ Schools Discipline Students for Off-Campus Speech?

SCOTUS recently held that a school district’s decision to suspend a student for social media posts violates the First Amendment… The U.S. Supreme Court held in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. that the school district’s decision to suspend student B. L. from the cheerleading team, for social media posts

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Extending Special Education Service

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Extending Special Education Service

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation requiring boards of education to consider offering additional or compensatory special education and related services… On June 16, 2021, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation requiring boards of education to consider offering additional or compensatory special education and related services, including transition services, for a maximum

Appellate Division Rules Administrative Assistant Entitled to Tenure Hearing

Appellate Division Rules Administrative Assistant Entitled to Tenure Hearing

The Appellate Division recently reversed a decision issued by the Commissioner of Education regarding the termination of an administrative employee of eight years, without a tenure hearing… The Appellate Division recently reversed a decision issued by the Commissioner of Education regarding the termination of an administrative employee of eight years,

New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill Extending Special Education Services

New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill Extending Special Education Services

New Jersey recently passed legislation that requires boards of education to extend special education and related services for certain students exceeding age of eligibility.… The New Jersey Legislature recently passed legislation that requires boards of education to extend special education and related services for certain students exceeding age of eligibility.

Significant Provisions of New Jersey’s School Regionalization Bill

Significant Provisions of New Jersey’s School Regionalization Bill

Legislation that would overhaul school regionalization is primed to move quickly through the New Jersey Legislature… Legislation that would overhaul school regionalization is primed to move quickly through the New Jersey Legislature. The bill, Senate Bill 3488, provides a road map for school districts to study and implement school regionalization

NJ Assembly Advances Legislation Targeting Student Mental Health

NJ Assembly Advances Legislation Targeting Student Mental Health

The mental health of New Jersey students was a growing concern before the COVID-19 pandemic hit… The mental health of New Jersey students was a growing concern before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Nationally, as well as in New Jersey, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people

Legislative Update: Senate Education Committee Advances Teacher Diversity Bill Package

Legislative Update: Senate Education Committee Advances Teacher Diversity Bill Package

The Senate Education recently advanced eight bills that will impact New Jersey school districts if they are enacted in law. The legislative package, introduced by Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz, aims to increase diversity among the state’s teachers. “During our hearing on teacher diversity, we heard from countless educators