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”

Cooper Levenson Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – December 22 , 2016 -Cooper Levenson Foundation, Inc. is offering college scholarship grants to high school seniors residing in the firm’s practice areas, including Atlantic, Cape May and Camden Counties in New Jersey. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, active involvement as a volunteer, and financial need, and must be planning to … Continue reading “Cooper Levenson Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications”

Court Rules in Favor of Haddon Heights Board of Education

Opinion Filed: August 18, 2016 In a precedent-setting ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, William S. Donio, Esquire of Cooper Levenson successfully defended the Haddon Heights Board of Education when the Court affirmed a District Court’s dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that the Board discriminated against a disabled student. In … Continue reading “Court Rules in Favor of Haddon Heights Board of Education”

CL wins Summary Decision motion on behalf of the Atlantic City Board of Education

In an Initial Decision dated May 5, 2016, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) W. Todd Miller granted Atlantic City Board of Education’s Motion for Summary Decision, finding that the Board did not violate two former supervisor’s tenure and seniority rights when the Board, through the State-appointed Monitor, approved a reduction in force that eliminated supervisory positions … Continue reading “CL wins Summary Decision motion on behalf of the Atlantic City Board of Education”

Transgender Students, Social Media Among Topics at NJSBA Meeting March 3rd

Atlantic City, N.J. – February 26, 2016 – The New Jersey School Board Association’s (NJSBA) Interactive Technology Conference will feature three attorneys from Cooper Levenson’s Education/School Law practice group discussing such topics as social media and transgender students. The conference, scheduled for Thursday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be held at … Continue reading “Transgender Students, Social Media Among Topics at NJSBA Meeting March 3rd”

Cooper Levenson Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – January 25, 2016 -Cooper Levenson Foundation, Inc. is offering college scholarship grants to high school seniors residing in the firm’s practice areas, including Atlantic, Cape May and Camden Counties in New Jersey. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, active involvement as a volunteer, and financial need, and must be planning to enroll … Continue reading “Cooper Levenson Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications”

Students Walk to Raise Over $1,500 for Let Us Eat, Please

Atlantic City, N.J. -The students at Galloway Township’s Roland Rogers Elementary School raised $1,583 for Let Us Eat, Please, a nonprofit group that helps feed families during the summer months when reduced fee meals are unavailable to students in need. Under the direction of physical education teacher Dave Cherry, they held a walk-a-thon on Friday, … Continue reading “Students Walk to Raise Over $1,500 for Let Us Eat, Please”