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Ridgewood NJ, the state’s School Ethics Commission is recommending censure for a current and former Ridgewood Board of Education members over actions stemming from a 2020 election dispute.
NJ School Ethics Commission cited former Vice President James Morgan and current trustee Sheila Brogan in separate decisions Feb. 25 for failure to follow board procedures about what can be said about legal matters in public. ( https://www.nj.gov/education/legal/ethics/2022/docs/C68-20.pdf )
The complaints were filed by Laurie Weber, a founder of the “Keep Our Vote” movement, which fought against moving the village’s spring school elections to November.
The School Ethics Commission is a nine-member body with the power to issue advisory opinions, receive complaints, receive and retain disclosure statements, conduct investigations, hold hearings, and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents as it may deem necessary to enforce the School Ethics Act.
The School Ethics Act , N.J.S.A. 18A:12-21 et seq. is intended to ensure that the conduct of school officials holds the respect and confidence of the people. The Legislature declared that school officials must avoid conduct which is in violation of their public trust or which creates a justifiable impression that the public trust is being violated. N.J.S.A. 18A:12-22(a). The School Ethics Act applies only to school officials as defined by N.J.S.A. 18A:12-23, which includes administrators .