Category: School Law

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

NJ Supreme Court Rules Teacher “Release Time” Does Not Violate State Constitution

NJ Supreme Court Rules Teacher “Release Time” Does Not Violate State Constitution

In Rozenblit v. Lyles, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a significant decision rejecting statutory and constitutional challenges to provisions in a collective negotiations agreement [CNA] between the Jersey City School District [District] and the Jersey City Education Association [Association] that authorized two teachers [“releasees”], employed and paid by the District,

School Boards Exempt from New Jersey’s Latest Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings

With COVID-19 cases again spiking in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has issued an executive order imposing tighter restrictions on public gatherings. Pursuant to Executive Order 196, the limit of people gathering indoors will be decreased from 25 to 10. Of particular interest to New Jersey school boards, the Executive

HIB Violation

Appellate Division Decision Clarifies Student Due Process Rights for HIB Violation

In L.K. and T.K. v. Board of Education of Township of Mansfield, the New Jersey Appellate Division addressed the due process rights accorded to students alleged to have violated a school’s harassment, intimidation and bullying policy (HIB). The appeals court held that students facing an HIB violation are not entitled

School Boards Exempt from New Jersey’s Latest Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings

School Boards Exempt from New Jersey’s Latest Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings

With COVID-19 cases again spiking in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has issued an executive order imposing tighter restrictions on public gatherings. Pursuant to Executive Order 196, the limit of people gathering indoors will be decreased from 25 to 10. Of particular interest to New Jersey school boards, the Executive

NJ Appeals Court Rules Electronic School Board Vote Didn’t Violate OPMA

In Schwartz v. Princeton Board of Education, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that a board of education properly cast votes using an electronic voting system… In Schwartz v. Princeton Board of Education, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that a board of education properly cast votes using an electronic voting system. According to the appeals

Third Circuit Clarifies Free Speech Rights of Public School Students

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a significant decision involving public school students’ free speech rights and clarified how existing precedent will be applied to social media. In B.L. v. Mahanoy Area School District, the appeals court unanimously held that the First Amendment prohibits disciplining public school students

Successfully Incorporating Mental Health into New Jersey Schools

Successfully Incorporating Mental Health into New Jersey Schools

Over the past decade, students aged 12-17 have experienced a 59 percent increase in depression and emotional disorders. In light of that, it is increasingly important for New Jersey schools to take a proactive approach to mental health. Under a new law, New Jersey schools must incorporate mental health into