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Open Government Advocacy Project:
New Providence High School Teacher reprimanded
 

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I chair the New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Open Government Advocacy Project. I have found that in many, if not most, municipalities and school districts, the public is unaware of significant events that may impact upon their and their children\'s lives. Often, the details of such incidents are set forth in the minutes of a public body\'s nonpublic (i.e. closed or executive) meeting minutes. While public, these minutes are not often put on the public body\'s Internet site and the public is often not aware that they exist. A case in point are the the minutes of the November 21, 2011 closed session of the New Providence Board of Education, which I\'ve placed, along with other closed session minutes on the Internet at The minutes indicate that a teacher had, according to a written complaint filed by the parents of a high school student, “been harassing their son over the past couple of years.” After the principal investigated and the parents were dissatisfied with the principal’s investigation, the superintendent conducted his own investigation. This resulted in a finding that there were five separate incidents of which four “demonstrated poor judgment and unprofessional conduct by the teacher.” A letter of reprimand was issued to the teacher and the teacher’s increment was withheld. It seems to me that a) the student and parents who complained have a legitimate interest in keeping their identities confidential but b) other parents of high school students ought to know this teacher’s identity. I think the public’s right to know the teacher’s identity and at least some of the details regarding his or her “poor judgment” would help guide them and their children in interacting with that teacher in the future. Toward that end, I have requested more records from the Board of Education. I anticipate that the Board will resist my efforts to learn about this incident, but I will post on this forum whatever response I get to my records request. Sincerely, John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Open Government Advocacy Project paff@pobox.com 732-873-1251 March 3, 2012

 

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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: New Providence High School Teacher reprimanded . March 03, 2012.
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