LETTER: Jersey City United is the best team for the local board of education


In a letter to the editor, Jersey City resident Aaron Golembiewski says that Jersey City United, which consists of Luis Felipe Fernandez, Asmaa Abdalla and Matt Schapiro, is the best team to serve on the local board of education.Jersey City United Matt Schapiro, Luis Fernandez, Asmaa Abdallah

Dear editor,

Balance. Independence. Diversity. These are the traits I want at all levels of government, from Jersey City to Trenton to DC, from our neighborhood associations to the highest levels of government.

Today, I am thinking about our school board elections here in Jersey City. We’re a little over four years into the tenure of Dr. Marcia Lyles here in Jersey City, and I like what I see. There’s a direction, not perfection. There’s improvement, not distraction.

The Jersey City United team of Asmaa Abdalla, Luis Felipe Fernandez and Matthew Schapiro is in the best position to move Jersey City forward. We have critical decisions to face in the next year, including an all important negotiation of teachers’ contracts.

I like teachers, as does the Jersey City United team. Teachers are one voice of many that the Board of Education needs to consider in this critical contract negotiations, along with kids, parents, district leadership and residents. We need a team with the balance, independence and diversity of Abdalla, Fernandez and Schapiro.

Unfortunately, the Education Matters team (a fine group of people, as well) is wholly tied to the Teacher’s Union for funding and campaign strategy.

With only the union’s voice in their ears, they’ll lose that balance, independence and diversity of thought we need on the Jersey City Board of Education. Again, I’m pro-teacher…and I am also pro-every other stakeholder.

I ask you to join me in striking that critical balance with your support of Asmaa Abdalla, Luis Felipe Fernandez and Matthew Schapiro as you vote down ballot in the next election.


Aaron Golembiewski

Jersey City resident

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  1. Luis Fernandez who is running is supporting a REPUBLICAN under the Column B TRUMP ticket. Matthew Schapiro has links with charter schools going back a decade. Asmaa Abdallah is a student on academic probation.

    Why would anyone vote for these people. Luckily, they are not expected to get close to winning. More likely, Schapiro is trying to boost his name recognition for a future election where turnout is lower and he can sneak in. He aims to be a loud and abrasive voice on the board, backed by Skinner, Tepper and Akil, where he can open a half dozen more charter schools in JC. These corrupt donors will then pay for his Freeholder or State Rep seat after he advances their cause on JCBOE. This is no game, folks. We must stop this guy. The others are just his temporary sidekicks to fill demographic quotas.