LETTER: ‘I am urging the [Jersey City] BOE members to work together’


In a letter to the editor, former Jersey City Board of Education candidate Demetrius Terry is urging the school board to work together ahead of their preliminary budget vote and in the midst of infighting.

The Jersey City Board of Education Headquarters at 346 Claremont Ave. Photo via Google Maps.

Dear Editor,

As a native of Jersey City, I wanted to write my concerns of what recently took place in the recent Board of Education meeting.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t sit on the sidelines and be quiet while our 30,000 plus scholars in Jersey City suffer due to some board members actions. As Jersey City is one of the most diverse cities in our country, diversity and inclusion is key across the board.

It’s very concerning to me how some board members can just walk out of a meeting when important business was being conducted for the teachers, staff and students of the district.

While everyone may not agree on every agenda item, it’s important to work together for the betterment of the scholars.

Right now, all eyes are on Jersey City because of what took place and most important our scholars are watching. All of our scholars deserve a world class education regardless of zip code and all staff voices deserves to be heard.

A few years ago, many reformer candidates ran and won the board of education election due as too much politics was being played.

I am standing on the side on what is right and that’s fighting to ensure every scholar, teacher and staff in the Jersey City Public School system are being treated with dignity and respect.

I am urging the board of education members to work together and handle the business of the board. With rising tax increases which is causing burden on families, voters are watching too.

Demetrius Terry
Former Jersey City Board of Education candidate

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