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Moriarty, Caputo & Downey Bill to Strengthen Anti-Nepotism Rules in School Districts Clears Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Ralph Caputo and Joann Downey to extend anti-nepotism rules to the state's public and charter schools was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.
"Property taxpayers deserve every assurance that the people charged with educating their children attained their positions because of what they know, not who they know," said Moriarty (D- Camden/Gloucester). "With schools making up the majority of local property tax bills, we need to ensure that we are investing in the absolute best candidates to lead our schools."
The bill (A-557) would direct boards of education of school districts and county vocational school districts to adopt and implement a nepotism policy. The adoption of such a policy would be a condition for the receipt of state aid.
"This is common sense," said Caputo (D-Essex). "Most of our property tax money goes toward education, so our education system needs to be protected against nepotism."
"Prohibitions against nepotism in state government are already on the books," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "Extending that statutory umbrella to cover schools as well is a logical next step."
The nepotism policy must include, but need not be limited to, the following:
The bill was approved by the Assembly Education Committee.
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