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U.S. Supreme Court Rules First Amendment Protects Public School Coach’s Post-Game Prayer

By on July 7, 2022 in Other with 0 Comments

By: Angela Reading, Law Clerk Editor: Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq. On June 27, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District held that a public school football coach’s prayers on the football field, in public after football games, were protected under the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment. The ruling highlights a conflict between First Amendment rights in public schools: the right to freely practice and express religion and the right of others to be free from the state endorsing religion. For years, Joseph Kennedy, an assistant football coach in Bremerton, Washington, walked […]

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Governor Signs Law Establishing New Health Care Plans and Contribution Levels

By on July 2, 2020 in Legislation with 0 Comments

On July 1, 2020, Governor Philip Murphy signed Senate Bill 2273 which requires alterations in health insurance plans and changes to school employee contributions toward the cost of health coverage.  The law takes effect immediately and in some respects overrides collective negotiations agreement provisions.  The new law will impact negotiations, budgeting and insurance benefit planning.  Key components include: Establishment of New Jersey Educators Health Plan (“NJEHP”) by the School Employees’ Health Benefit Program (“SEHBP”) for the 2021 plan year and creation of an equivalent plan by non-SEHBP school districts; Establishment of a less costly Garden State Health Plan (“GSHP”) by the […]

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