At the final meeting of the Jersey City Board of Education before the November election, the entire Childrenâ€™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 Childrenâ€™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 Childrenâ€™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 Childrenâ€™s First Team, cited a letter from the ACLU ripping the boardâ€™s policy of not recording the public. Carol Harrison-Arnold, of Parents for Excellence, responded on the policy and letter.