Full course description
This course is designed to provides you with an understanding of the sources of law that govern public schools and the key players involved in enforcing those laws. This includes a review of the respective role of federal and state statutes, federal and state regulations, relevant case law, and local board policy.
The course includes in-depth attorney commentaries, scenarios that act out real world situations and supplemental resource materials. The course is organized into 4 parts.
Part 1 provides an overview of Governance, Ethics and Records Law. This includes a review of key statutory requirements such as the Open Public Meetings Act, the Open Public Records Act, student records law, and statutory requirements governing the operations of school districts and the respective role of key players such as the Commissioner of Education, Executive County Superintendent, and school board member, among others.
Part 2 provides a detailed review of the New Jersey School Ethics Act. This includes a review of the ethics rules that apply to all school officials, including all school administrators, and a review of the Code of Ethics that applies specifically to school board members.
Part 3 provides a summary of key aspects of New Jersey’s Accountability Regulations. These rules are intended to ensure, among other things, that school officials do not engage in excessive spending related to travel, food, or accommodations, and do not engage in acts intended to improperly benefit themselves or their families.
Part 4 includes the specific requirements related to the monitoring of school districts by the New Jersey Department of Education under the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum or NJQSAC.
Finally, you will be required to complete an online assessment to ensure an understanding of the content covered throughout the course. Once you have successfully completed the assessment, you will be able to print out your own certificate of completion.