The January 2015 Administrative Guide is available online. Computer and communications-related technology has become an integral part of daily life. School districts rely on computers, cellular telephones and the like to provide services to students and to conduct business operations. Because it is imperative for schools to monitor use of these devices, it is crucial for school officials to be aware of laws governing the interception of telephone, oral and electronic communications. Part one of this series examined wiretapping, surreptitious audio recordings, and the privacy of electronic and oral communications. Part two discusses the New Jersey Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control act and its applicability to school districts.
In addition, the School News Briefs reviews two new cases. In one case, the Executive County Superintendent correctly denied the inclusion of a long-term care insurance benefit in the proposed employment contract for a superintendent.
The January 2015 Special Education Bulletin also reviews two new cases including one in which parents were entitled to reimbursement and costs for unilateral placement of their child at a private school because the board failed to provide a FAPE to the student who has an auditory processing disorder.