LETTER: Jersey City BOE VP Ioffe explains why she’s backing ‘Education Matters’ team


In a letter to the editor, Jersey City Board of Education Vice President Natalia Ioffe, speaking as a private citizen, explains why she’s backing the “Education Matters” team in the non-partisan November 8th elections.

Photo courtesy of the “Education Matters” Jersey City Board of Education campaign.

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to recommend team Education Matters for the Jersey City School Board in the upcoming Election on November 8.

In recent months much has been said about our school board and the way its decisions impact the lives of residents.

Jersey City school district continues to struggle with state funding cuts and does its best to supply our children with the resources they need for a thorough and efficient education.

In the aftermath of a difficult budget vote, the board of education has committed to increase transparency and efficiency.

As an incumbent school board trustee, Noemi Velazquez diligently holds JCBOE to a high standard in the areas of efficiency and accountability.

She supports Superintendent Fernandez in seeking cost saving solutions and improving communications with the public.

With vast experience in both school administration and governance, Noemi is a strong and effective advocate for Jersey City Public Schools before state and federal legislators.

Christopher Tisdale is a highly skilled educator, experienced in teaching students ranging from Pre-K to university level, as well as policy and curriculum writing.

As a product of JCPS, Chris strives to bring Jersey City Public Schools to the highest levels of academic excellence, and provide our students with the best opportunities to succeed in life and career.

Afaf Muhammad is a qualified mental health counselor and a dedicated parent advocate, with children attending Jersey City public schools. She seeks solutions to reduce racial disparities in school discipline and improving students’ socioemotional and behavioral responses through positive interventions.

Experienced in the area of vocational studies, Afaf hopes to see students exposed to a variety of professional opportunities.

Please consider these wonderful individuals as you come out to vote on November 8.


Natalia Ioffe
Jersey City BOE Vice President


Editor’s note: Ioffe ran on last year’s incarnation of the “Education Matters” team.
On November 4th, Ioffe clarified that she sent this letter as a private citizen, not a BOE trustee.

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