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”

Cooper Levenson Education Law Attorneys to speak at NJ School Boards Workshop Oct 24 & 25

Five attorneys from Cooper Levenson’s Education/School Law Practice Group will be presenting at the NJSBA/NJASA/NJASBO Workshop 2017, to be held Oct. 23-26, 2017 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. Find us in our Learning Lab on Tuesday and Wednesday On Tues., Oct. 24, from 11-11:30 a.m., Kelli Prinz, Amy … Continue reading “Cooper Levenson Education Law Attorneys to speak at NJ School Boards Workshop Oct 24 & 25”

Protests, Conflict & Social Media Among Topics at NJSBA’s Workshop 2017

Atlantic City, N.J. — Sept. 18, 2017 – Five attorneys from Cooper Levenson’s Education/School Law Practice Group will be presenting at the NJSBA/NJASA/NJASBO Workshop 2017, to be held Oct. 23-26, 2017 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. This annual gathering is the largest and most comprehensive training conference for … Continue reading “Protests, Conflict & Social Media Among Topics at NJSBA’s Workshop 2017”

Dynamic Status Quo: A no-show in New Jersey Supreme Court’s Recent Opinion

On August 2, 2017 the New Jersey Supreme Court in In the Matter of County of Atlantic and In the Matter of the Township of Bridgeton, A-98/99/100, held that local governments must maintain pay increases during lapses in negotiated contracts when the contract language requires that the terms and conditions of the agreement remain in … Continue reading “Dynamic Status Quo: A no-show in New Jersey Supreme Court’s Recent Opinion”

Update from our School Law Attorneys: New Special Education Program for the 2017-2018 School Year

The Office of Special Education Policies and Procedures (“OSEPP”) will be offering, at no cost, a neutral third party to conduct Facilitated Individualized Education Program (“FIEP”) meetings for districts and parents. This free service will be an option to assist districts and parents to create agreeable IEPs. A specifically trained neutral facilitator  will promote whole … Continue reading “Update from our School Law Attorneys: New Special Education Program for the 2017-2018 School Year”

Alder Avenue Students Surprise “Let Us Eat, Please” with Donation

Alder Avenue Middle School students presented a check for $1,000 to “Let Us Eat Please,” an organization that provides free meals to students who do not have access to free or reduced-rate breakfast and lunch when school is out of session. The students had raised the funds during their 2017 Martin Luther King Day of … Continue reading “Alder Avenue Students Surprise “Let Us Eat, Please” with Donation”

Favorable Ruling for Cooper Levenson School Board Client, Judge rules Wildwood can use site in North Wildwood as school

On April 28, 2017 Judge J. Christopher Gibson of the Cape May County Superior Court dismissed the City of North Wildwood’s lawsuit against the Wildwood Board of Education, which tried to prevent the Wildwood Board of Education from continuing to lease the St. Simeon’s Annex in North Wildwood for the Board’s prekindergarten and kindergarten students.  … Continue reading “Favorable Ruling for Cooper Levenson School Board Client, Judge rules Wildwood can use site in North Wildwood as school”

Public Accommodations Should Not Be Unaccommodating

In Holmes v. Jersey City Police Department, the Jersey City Police Department arrested Shakeem Malik Holmes, a transgender male, for suspected shoplifting.  While in custody, Holmes claimed that the arresting officers made demeaning, insulting and threatening comments about his transgender status over the course of two hours.  Specifically, Holmes alleged the officers referred to him … Continue reading “Public Accommodations Should Not Be Unaccommodating”