Cooper Levenson attorneys installed at Southern District of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys

Monroe Township, N.J. – Cooper Levenson is proud to announce that, on June 12 at the New Jersey School Boards Association’s annual Spring School Law Forum, three of the firm’s attorneys were installed to serve the Southern District of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys. William S. Donio was elected Vice President of the … Continue reading “Cooper Levenson attorneys installed at Southern District of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys”

Some additional thoughts on the Kean decision – the Cooper Levenson “solution-centered” way…..

by: William S. Donio, Esq. By now we hope you’ve read our brief take on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s opinion in Kean Federation of Teachers v. Morell (A-84-16).    While the outcome reflects what we think will be a more workable approach for our Boards on when to issue Rice notices, we wanted to add … Continue reading “Some additional thoughts on the Kean decision – the Cooper Levenson “solution-centered” way…..”

RICE Notice change! Supreme Court reverses Appellate Division over-inclusive RICE notice decision

By Amy Houck Elco, Esq.  and  Yolanda N. Melville, Esq. Recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its decision in Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada Morell (A-84-16) (078926). The Supreme Court overturned the Appellate Division’s decision requiring all employees to receive a RICE notice if their names appeared on a public body’s agenda. The … Continue reading “RICE Notice change! Supreme Court reverses Appellate Division over-inclusive RICE notice decision”

HERE WE GO AGAIN?? Nationwide student demonstrations are anticipated to occur on April 20, 2018

We strongly recommend our clients act proactively and have a plan that that takes into account student rights, learning opportunities, diverse viewpoints, equitable treatment, and, as always, student safety. If you have any question about any legal issue raised by possible student action or your plan, do not hesitate to speak to the members of … Continue reading “HERE WE GO AGAIN?? Nationwide student demonstrations are anticipated to occur on April 20, 2018”

Nationwide student demonstrations are anticipated to occur on March 14, 2018 – two days away. Does your district have a plan?

We strongly recommend our clients act proactively and have a plan that that takes into account student rights, learning opportunities, diverse viewpoints, equitable treatment, and, as always, student safety. If you have any question about any legal issue raised by possible student action or your plan, do not hesitate to speak to the members of … Continue reading “Nationwide student demonstrations are anticipated to occur on March 14, 2018 – two days away. Does your district have a plan?”

From our School Law Attorneys: Navigating Student Walkouts & Mass Protests

To our clients, friends and school law community: Below is a link for a guidance document from the NJSBA regarding anticipated student demonstrations on March 14, 2018.   As noted in the guidance, possible student actions include “walk outs,” and such behavior raises important questions regarding free speech, student rights and responsibilities, school safety, and student … Continue reading “From our School Law Attorneys: Navigating Student Walkouts & Mass Protests”

Deadline April 6: Cooper Levenson Foundation Scholarship Application

REMINDER TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Deadline approaching! Cooper Levenson Foundation, Inc. is offering college scholarship grants to high school seniors. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, active involvement as a volunteer, and financial need, and must be planning to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year university. “We believe that investing in … Continue reading “Deadline April 6: Cooper Levenson Foundation Scholarship Application”

New Restraint and Seclusion Law signed by Governor Christie January 16, 2018 TAKES EFFECT IMMEDIATELY

New Restraint and Seclusion Law signed by Governor Christie January 16, 2018  TAKES EFFECT IMMEDIATELY! L. 2017, c. 291 Applies to students with disabilities in school districts Defines “physical restraint,” “seclusion,” and “time-out” Develops guidelines for use of restraints and seclusion Requires specific notification procedures and timelines to parents Mandates annual employee training For more … Continue reading “New Restraint and Seclusion Law signed by Governor Christie January 16, 2018 TAKES EFFECT IMMEDIATELY”

Boundary Lines: Student residency issues…by Amy Houck Elco, Esq. and Kelli A. Prinz, Esq.

This article appeared in the New Jersey School Board Association School Leader Magazine. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER • 2017 • VOLUME 48 • NO. 3 Is this student eligible to attend our school district? It seems to be a simple question, but one that often does not have a simple answer. Student residency questions abound as school districts … Continue reading “Boundary Lines: Student residency issues…by Amy Houck Elco, Esq. and Kelli A. Prinz, Esq.”

Amy Houck Elco and Kelli Prinz to present on Special Education Law Dec. 4-5 in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, N.J. — Nov. 22, 2017 –The course will be offered at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Hotel on Dec. 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This seminar will present the essential requirements surrounding IEP development, discipline procedures, due process hearing requirements and more. Houck Elco will present on Tuesday, Dec. 5 on Discipline and Expulsion … Continue reading “Amy Houck Elco and Kelli Prinz to present on Special Education Law Dec. 4-5 in Atlantic City”