CASE SUMMARY: NJFOG v. Long Beach Island Board of Education

Case Name:  NJFOG v. Long Beach Island Board of Education Docket Number:  OCN-L-579-16 County / Vicinage:  Ocean Filing Date:  March 2, 2016 Presiding Judge:   Lynch Ford, Marlene Status:  Closed   Overview: The complaint alleges multiple violations of the OPMA and OPRA. Continue Reading →

Disturbing signs from Sussex-Wantage board

This editorial concerns an unauthorized purchase that a board of education subsequently voted to pay for after initially voting against the purchase at a prior meeting.  The editorial raises important questions.  For instance, why are public documents that would answer simple questions, Continue Reading →

EDITORIAL: Put openness on government’s agenda

Interpreting the term “agenda” in the the outdated OPMA, the Appellate Division ruled on Aug. 18 in Opderbeck v. Midland Park Board of Education that the board does not need to provide supplementary documents with its meeting agendas. However, the Continue Reading →

Police Report Links Belleville Councilman to USB Flash Drive Scandal

This is a compelling example of how citizens can root out abuses by accessing public records. Great work by ESSEX WATCH !  -NJFOG August 26, 2015 posted by Griff (Full article here.) BELLEVILLE, NJ — Belleville residents have been so Continue Reading →

NJFOG wins judgments against Trenton school board

This is a good article about the issues in the NJFOG v. Trenton School Board case, which highlights the systemic issues with regard to Open Public Meetings Act compliance statewide.  –NJFOG N.J. open records group wins judgments against Trenton school Continue Reading →

NJFOG wins its OPMA case against the Trenton School Board

The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) filed a lawsuit (Docket No. MER-L-11-15) against the Trenton Board of Education earlier this year.  The suit involves multiple violations of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and Open Public Meetings Act Continue Reading →

Montague Township Board of Education needs to improve meeting notice and opportunity for public participation

Meeting sequencing – going in and out of open & closed sessions at a public meeting – is not uncommon, but is it fair? A 2.5-hour closed session at the April 29, 2015 Montague Township school board meeting resulted in Continue Reading →