Rutgers Law School, J.D.
Columbia University, M.A.
University of Maryland, B.A.
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
Jonathan M. Busch, founder of The Busch Law Group LLC, is a nationally recognized Education Law attorney whose practice is located in Metuchen, New Jersey. Mr. Busch works with public and independent schools and counsels them on the laws, regulations and other mandates impacting students and their families, staff members, school leaders and administrators, and local school communities. He is routinely called upon to prepare and update school staff through workshops and trainings on the ever-changing landscape of education law.
Mr. Busch has served as Board Attorney to school districts throughout New Jersey for more than a decade. He is well regarded for his knowledge of the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, TEACHNJ (Tenure Reform Law), the School Ethics Act, the Senator Byron M. Baer Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).
Mr. Busch has extensive experience with handling a wide-range of school personnel issues and performing school investigations. He frequently counsels his clients on a variety of matters related to board governance, staff evaluations, student discipline, pupil records, and sexual harassment/affirmative action.
Additionally, Mr. Busch is very familiar with a range of matters involving political campaign law, including state and local “pay to play” issues. He regularly advises business entities with respect to their political contribution rights and disclosure obligations. In addition, Mr. Busch has counseled candidates and campaigns for both state-wide and local political office and a number of political action committees on the state’s election laws.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Busch worked as an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey in Newark. Mr. Busch earned a masters of arts degree in politics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University and he earned his bachelor of arts from University of Maryland. At Rutgers School of Law-Newark, he worked as a member of the Special Education Clinic and Constitutional Litigation Clinic.
New Jersey Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Recognition Award, Assistance with Rebuilding James Monroe School, Edison Township Board of Education, 2017
New Leaders of the Bar, New Jersey Law Journal, 2013
“How to Successfully Navigate Your Board Through the Referendum Process.” School Leader published by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). January/February 2017. Print. (Jonathan M. Busch and Douglas Silvestro, co-authors)
“Five Tips for Executing a Successful Meeting.” Leadership Exchange: Solutions for Student Affairs Management published by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Fall 2016. Print. (Jonathan M. Busch, author)
“When is it a Necessity? Why School Boards May Need to Invoke the Doctrine of Necessity.” School Leader published by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). September/October 2011. Print. (Jonathan M. Busch, author)
“Where’s the Money? The Search for Alternate Sources of Financial Support.” School Leader published by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). March/April 2011. Print. (Jonathan M. Busch, author)
“Diminishing the Risk of Political Contributions by Businesses with Public Contracts.” Cutting Edge published by the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA). May 2010. Enewsletter. (Jonathan M. Busch, co-author)
“Pay to Play in New Jersey: An Update on State and Local Requirements.” New Jersey Lawyer. November 2008. Print. (Jonathan M. Busch, co-author)
“OPRA Truly an ‘Exemptional’ Law.” New Jersey Lawyer. May 2008. Print. (Jonathan M. Busch, co-author)
New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey Association of School Board Attorneys
Citizens Campaign, Perth Amboy Civic Trust, “Education Forum” – January 17, 2018, Perth Amboy, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association Annual Workshop 2017, “After the Fire: The Rebirth of the James Monroe Elementary School” – October 25, 2017, Atlantic City, NJ
Seton Hall University, College of Education & Human Services, New Jersey Superintendent Study Council, “Dealing With a Crisis” – October 19, 2017, South Orange, NJ
Monmouth University, School of Education, Superintendent’s Professional Development Academy, “Dealing With Irrational Stakeholders” – October 18, 2017, West Long Branch, NJ
Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, “Student Success Through School Justice Partnership” – October 4, 2017, Sayreville, NJ
Citizens Campaign, The Civic Summit 2017, “Powers of Citizens, School Board Members and the Superintendent” – August 5, 2017, New Brunswick, NJ
Rider University, School of Education, Education Administration Graduate Program, “Education and the Law” – July 14, 2017, Lawrenceville, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association Spring 2017 School Law Forum, “Public Diplomacy” – June 14, 2017, Monroe, NJ
Kean University, College of Education, Educational Thought Leaders Conference, “TMI: When Professionals Don’t Always Act So Professional and How To Deal With It” – May 12, 2017, Union, NJ
New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA), Expedited Certification for Educational Leadership (NJEXCEL) Course, “School Supervision” – April 20, 2017, North Brunswick, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association, “School Law Today – Navigating the Board Through the Referendum Process” – March 3, 2017, Podcast
Middlesex County School Boards Association, “First Amendments Rights of Students and Staff” – February 2, 2017, Edison, NJ
Rider University, School of Education, Education Administration Graduate Program, “Education and the Law” – July 26, 2016, Lawrenceville, NJ
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., “A Measured Response to Media Reports of Student Abuse at Independent Schools: Opportunities and Challenges” – July 13, 2016, Webinar
New Jersey Association of School Administrators / New Jersey Association of Pupil Services Spring Leadership Conference, “Any Given Crisis: Tackling Your School Board’s Crisis One Play at a Time” – May 12, 2016, Atlantic City, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association Public Relations Forum, “Any Given Crisis: Tackling Your School Board’s Crisis One Play at a Time” – April 8, 2016, Trenton, NJ
Barnegat Township Board of Education, In-Service Presentation for Administrators, “Personnel and Student Issues” – July 28, 2015, Barnegat, NJ
Seton Hall University, College of Education & Human Services, Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy, “How to Use Your Board Attorney” – February 3, 2015, South Orange, NJ
Rider University, School of Education, Education Administration Graduate Program, “Education and the Law”– July 28, 2014, Lawrenceville, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association and Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey 2014 School Board Leadership Conference, “Effective Meetings” – February 8, 2014, Princeton, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association Annual Workshop 2013, “Meetings Gone Wild! Keeping Cool When the Temperature Rises at Your Board Meeting” – October 23, 2013, Atlantic City, NJ
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Annual SNAP Conference, “School Civil Liability and Bullying” – April 4, 2013, Garfield, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association Annual Workshop 2012, “The McGovern v. Rutgers Decision: What it Means for your Board” – October 24, 2012, Atlantic City, NJ
New Jersey Hyperlocal News Association, “School Budgets A to Z” – November 17, 2011, New Brunswick, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association Annual Workshop 2011, “Ten Alternative Sources for School Funding” – October 25, 2011, Atlantic City, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association Fall 2011 School Law Forum, “Creative Approaches to School District Revenue” – October 24, 2011, Atlantic City, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association Spring 2008 School Law Forum, “The New Jersey Open Public Records Act” – June 4, 2008, Monroe, NJ