Category: School Law

SCOTUS to Decide Whether Age Discrimination Law Applies to Small Public Employers

U.S. Supreme Court Expands NJ Public Schools’ Special Education Obligations

In Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that public schools are responsible for providing students with disabilities education programs that are “more than de minimis.” The Court’s decision significantly expands the obligations of New Jersey public schools under the Individuals with Disabilities Education

NJ Supreme Court Overturns Arbitration Award in Teacher Misconduct Case

In Bound Brook Board of Education v. Glenn Ciripompa, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that an arbitrator exceeded his authority by applying the standard for proving a hostile-work-environment, sexual-harassment claim under the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to a claim of unbecoming conduct in a tenured teacher misconduct hearing.  Facts

Lead testing for water in New jersey

Stricter Lead Testing Standards Coming to New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation that will strengthen New Jersey’s lead-screening standards for children. The new law is one of several steps that the state is taking in the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. This summer, the state also implemented new requirements for lead testing in

NJ Dept. of Ed to Overhaul Regulation of Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

NJ Dept. of Ed to Overhaul Regulation of Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

The New Jersey Department of Education is currently considering amendments that would overhaul how the state regulates Approved Private Schools for Students with Disabilities (APSSDs). The proposed changes are intended to increase oversight and crack down on alleged nepotism and improper spending. Role of APSSDs in New Jersey There are

Third Circuit Rules University Immune from Suit as “Arm of the State”

Third Circuit Rules University Immune from Suit as “Arm of the State”

Resolving a split in the federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that state universities are entitled to Sovereign Immunity protections in discrimination law suits.  The decision in Maliandi v. Montclair State University found that Montclair State University (MSU) is entitled to

NJ Law Creates New Class of Officers to Provide School Security

NJ Law Creates New Class of Officers to Provide School Security

Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation into law that establishes a new category of special law enforcement officers. The Class Three special law enforcement (SLEO III) officers will be authorized to provide security in New Jersey’s public and nonpublic schools and county colleges. Previously, boards of education were authorized to hire