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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-11 08:38 PM
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Ramsey (NJ) district to impose free speech limits
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All forms of employee political expression would be banned on school grounds, including these windshield signs displayed during their last contract dispute, under a policy change proposed by the Board of Education.

Expressing political views on school grounds may soon be banned in the borough.

At a meeting late last month, the Board of Education introduced a revised policy on freedom of speech which would prohibit district employees from campaigning or engaging in political activity on school grounds and within earshot of students.

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Trustee Claudia Monteith said the policy was not "designed to change people's thoughts or ideas," but to "maintain the environment appropriate for our district."

Monteith said the policy was reviewed by the board's attorney and is legal.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/121278939_Ramsey_distri...
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OutNow Donating Member (538 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-11 08:57 PM
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1. Not Legal
My union had the exact same problem: employee terminated after displaying union sign in back window of car. NLRB found for employee. He got his job back if I remember correctly.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 07:10 AM
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2. Wondering if the Board of Ed purposely chose this inflammatory stance
Edited on Thu May-05-11 07:54 AM by no_hypocrisy
to get Governor Chris Christie involved in the matter.

Not only to help the governor get more publicity as a "no-nonsense, budget-cutting, education-reform crusader", but also to angle getting more state aid to the district by playing up to him.
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