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School Ethics Commission Decisions

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School Ethics Commission Decisions
Public Advisory Opinions

A01-98 Board members may discuss and vote on a proposal to give greater weight to certain courses, but may not vote on whether to make proposal retroactive when retroactivity would give their children who are juniors a greater benefit. 2/24/98
A04-98 Board president may request a letter of recommendation from the district superintendent without violating the Act, but may wish to reconsider doing so due to other considerations. 4/28/98
A22-98 Two Board members who are either members of the NJEA or have spouses who are members of the NJEA may participate in the hearing on a teacher’s grievance alleging that the number of students that she has been assigned is impacting on her workload without violating N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(c) of the School Ethics Act. However, the one Board member who has a daughter who teaches in the district would violate the act if he were to participate in the hearing of the grievance. 2/23/99
A15-99 Board attorneys, who are not employees of school districts who make recommendations regarding hiring or the purchase of property or services, are not "school officials" subject to the School Ethics Act. 11/23/99
A03-01 Board member would violate N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(c) of the Act if she were to participate in discussions and vote on the reappointment of the Board attorney or the payment of the attorney's bills when the attorney prepared a simple will and powers of attorney for the Board member and her spouse. 4/24/01
A05-02 Board members who have immediate family members who are employed in a school district that receives the Board's students would violate N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(c) of the Act if they were to vote to approve the tuition contract with the receiving school district for the Board's students to attend the receiving school district. 4/2/02
A14-03 The Commission advised that a school offiicial would violate N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(e) of the School Ethics Act if he were to accept funding from a District vendor that consisted of travel, meals and accommodations to an educational event that the vendor sponsors, even if the school official were serving as a presenter. 8/14/03
A28-04 Board member whose spouse is employed as a teacher in the school district would not violate the Act by receiving medical benefits through the district for which he serves. He must abstain from all matters involving the local teachers’ association and all issues related to the employment of his spouse. 9/30/04
A30-04 Board member would not violate the Act by appealing a Section 504 determination regarding her child and pursuing tuition and legal fees because N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(j) provides an exception. However, she would violate N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(c) if she were to participate in discussions and vote on matters involving the Section 504 determination. 12/21/04
A15-10 A board member’s participation in an exit interview would violate N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24.1(c) and (d) of the Code of Ethics for School Board Members. 2/14/11
A27-14 A school official cannot request an advisory opinion regarding a District other than the one wherein the requestor currently holds the title of school official pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:28-1.2. 7/23/2014
A32-14 A Board member would violate multiple subsections of the Code of Ethics for School Board Members, N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24.1 et seq., if he were to volunteer in any aspect of school-sponsored theatrical events, as the responsibilities of a volunteer inherently conflict with those of a Board member who serves the school community in an executive role. 8/27/2014
A35-14 Only individuals who meet the definition of "school official" pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:12-23 may request and obtain advisory opinions from the School Ethics Commission. 8/27/2014
A38-14 A Board member may donate funds to the District so long as the member receives no benefit as a result and exerts no special control over how the donated funds are spent. 10/29/2014
A10-15 A Board member would violate the Code if he were to volunteer for a school club on a regular basis, wherein he has contact with and control of students, personnel, resources and administration, and as well as receives orders from personnel/administration.  N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24.1(c), (d), and (e).  The Commission does not find that all forms of volunteering are prohibited. 7/28/15
A17-15 A Board member may volunteer on a limited basis for district activities when his volunteering is non-executive, i.e. he has no ability to direct staff, personnel, or students, his involvement in the activity is limited, and he is not subject to the widespread oversight of his volunteer activities by school officials, staff or other personnel. 10/27/2015