One at One: Board of Education, Public Meetings & Compliance

Posted May 29, 2020

  • One at One: Board of Education, Public Meetings & Compliance

Today’s Issue:

Can a Board of Education require a member of the public to provide his or her name and place of residency prior to making a public comment at a Board of Education meeting?

Answer:

Yes. The Open Public Meetings Act does not limit the ability of a public body to regulate the active participation of the public. However, when a Board of Education imposes any requirements or restrictions on speech during a meeting, same must be reasonable and in compliance with all applicable laws. Additionally, the Board should review all applicable Board policies regarding public comment to ensure compliance.

Resources:

N.J.S.A. 10-4:12

To Learn More about FPSCTT’s Education and School Law Practice, please contact:

Lester Taylor, Partner and Co-Chair
Christine Soto, Partner and Co-Chair
Afshan Ajmiri Giner, Senior Associate

 

This post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.

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