School Protests and Security Incidents Increase in New Jersey

The NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning provided information from  the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center regarding a protest that was planned on school grounds at a Mercer County public school. The information indicated that the group ACLU’s People Power advised the district of the intent to protest. The district informed the group that the protest would not be permitted on school grounds.  

Former Executive County Superintendent, Yasmin E. Hernández-Manno, Joins Porzio Compliance Services 

Porzio Compliance Services, LLC (PorzioCS) is pleased to announce that Yasmin E. Hernández-Manno has joined as Director of Education Compliance. Hernández-Manno’s extensive education background and her focus on multilingual and multicultural learning will be instrumental in serving schools and New Jersey’s growing diverse student population. With over 30 years as an educator, administrator, and consultant, she provides a unique background in education compliance and will join the team of educators who complement the work of the Education Law Team of the Porzio, Bromberg, and Newman law firm, of which PorzioCS is a wholly owned subsidiary.

Mandatory 2022 Reporting Obligations For Cross-Border Business Structures Or Cross-Border Transactions

Mandatory 2022 Reporting Obligations For Cross-Border Business Structures Or Cross-Border Transactions August 16, 2022 Authored by: Robert M. Schechter, JD and Maria Dermatis The United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis has published notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register in connection with its issuance of 2022 BE-12 and BE-120 Benchmark Surveys. Responses to these Benchmark Surveys …

Former School Superintendent Mary Robinson Cohen Joins Porzio Compliance Services, LLC 

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Porzio Compliance Services, LLC (PorzioCS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the law firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC, is pleased to announce that Mary Robinson Cohen has joined the PorzioCS Education Team. Cohen’s extensive education background will provide existing and future clients with practical hands-on experience and expertise. As a Senior Education Specialist, Cohen will provide regulatory …

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Requiring NJ Public Schools to Develop Threat Assessment Teams

August 2, 2022 Client Alert On August 1, 2022, Governor Murphy signed legislation (A4075/3229) requiring NJ Public Schools, including Charter Schools and Renaissance Schools, to develop and adopt policies for the establishment of threat assessment teams in their schools. According to the new law “the purpose of a threat assessment team shall be to provide school teachers, administrators, and other …

School Safety and Security Legislation Update

At the conclusion of the 2021-22 New Jersey Legislative Session, two pieces of legislation with direct connections to school safety and security were passed. In the aftermath of recent acts of school violence nationally and highly publicized hazing incidents in New Jersey, these new laws will impact the way school staff and students practice emergency responses and enhance reporting, investigation, compliance, and consequences for harassment, intimidation, and bullying incidents in schools. 

Using Lessons Learned To Prevent School Violence

December 6, 2021 – For decades, school leaders, law enforcement officials, parents, students, and communities that have experienced tragic incidents of targeted violence in schools have provided insights, after-action reports, and “lessons learned” from their experiences. Government agencies, non-profit organizations, task forces, and researchers have convened to identify commonalities among these violent acts to develop best practices to prevent, respond to, and recover from violence in schools. After decades of research and advocacy for safer schools, acts of violence continue to go unmitigated despite an abundance of guidance on the subject.