Jersey City Board of Education candidates speak at final meeting before election


At the final meeting of the Jersey City Board of Education before the November election, the entire Children’s First Team and two sitting board members from Parents for Excellence discussed many of the issues being raised during the heated campaign.

Lorenzo Richardson, of The Children’s First Team, started off by questioning the dropout and graduation rates of the district, prompting a response from Jersey City Schools Superintendent Dr. Marcia Lyles.

Gina Verdibello, also of The Children’s First Team, questioned Dr. Lyles’ merit pay in light of teachers not receiving a new contract, which the superintendent denied receiving.

Gerald Lyons, also of The Children’s First Team, cited a letter from the ACLU ripping the board’s policy of not recording the public. Carol Harrison-Arnold, of Parents for Excellence, responded on the policy and letter.

Bertram Okpokwasili, of Parents for Excellence, blasted the teachers union for walking out and The Children’s First Team for their behavior.

Two other Jersey City Board of Education candidates, Monica Kress and Joel Torres, were present at the meeting but did not speak publicly. Michael Reilly was absent.

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