In a letter to the editor, North Bergen mayoral hopeful Larry Wainstein says he will remove politics from the school system when he emerges victorious in the May 12 municipal election.
Dear North Bergen Teachers,
For those who don’t already know me, I’d like to introduce myself and tell you a little about what I think a teacher’s role should be. I believe that teachers are invaluable to the futures of our children and also that tremendous value should be placed on a teacher’s role.
Unfortunately, when teachers are forced to work politically soliciting votes or required to buy tickets to political events, their true purpose is devalued.
Teachers are high level professionals who have spent years in school to get high level degrees and they should be respected for the job that they perform, not forced to make political contributions.
I realize that you have not often had the option to decline political impositions under the current administration, but change is coming.
Next month, North Bergen will be under new leadership and the time of teachers facing a double burden working politically, in addition to their hired jobs, will end. Teachers will be heralded for their invaluable service to our children and respected for this contribution alone.
I wholeheartedly disagree with any administration that devalues society’s most vital link to our future success. You will be returned to your earned and deserved status and will never be required to operate as political tools.
This change is inevitable and next month you will see the difference of an administration that respects and values its teachers.
Put an end to all politics in the school system. Concentrate your efforts on bringing up each child to a higher level and help make North Bergen students the best they can be.
Lawrence “Larry” Wainstein
Cell Phone: (201)600-6909