The Open Public Meetings Act (also called the Sunshine Law) is the landmark legislationthat, for more than 30 years,has been the guiding law on open and transparent government in New Jersey. All school boards must abide by it. It dictates when school boards can go into executive session, how they must advertise their meetings, and how they handle public comment.
However, a recent appeals court ruling, McGovern v. Rutgers, may alter the way boards of education deal with closed session under the Open Public Meetings Act. Please join host Ray Pinney, host of the Conversations on New Jersey Education online radio program, as he talks with school board attorney Nicholas Dotoli, of the law firm of Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein & Celso, about the Sunshine Law, as well as the recent court ruling’s impact on how school boards handle closed session.
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