In a letter to the editor, Hoboken Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour gives her take on why the “Leadership that Listens” board of education slate is the best choice in the November 8th non-partisan race.
My most important title in Hoboken is mom. My two children are thriving at Brandt Elementary School in the Hoboken Public School District.
I have regularly attended Hoboken Board of Education meetings since they started in the PreK program, and I have witnessed first-hand the incredible progress that has been made in the District under the leadership of Superintendent Dr Christine Johnson with the support of the Board of Education Trustees.
Leadership That Listens is a slate of experienced, knowledgeable, thoughtful, long-time District parents. Leslie Norwood, Antonio Grana, and Alex De La Torre took the time to provide and publish a detailed platform that includes increased transparency and accountability, a focus on improving academic results, increased community outreach, improving facilities, and student safety.
Leadership That Listens took the time to participate in the Moms Demand Action gunsense candidate survey to commit to governing with gun safety in mind and earned the Gunsense Candidate Distinction.
Further, the Hoboken Education Association (HEA) – a group of education professionals committed to the betterment of the Hoboken Public Schools – has endorsed the Leadership That Listens slate.
Based on information that I have reviewed regarding other candidates’ personal opinions, as shared on public forums, I have concerns about how these opinions will shape decisions that these alternative candidates will make, if elected to the Board.
To be clear – this isn’t about partisan politics or personal attacks – this is about accountability for fringe policy positions, a questioning of science, and a lack of regard for medical advice – positions that run counter to the welfare of our children, teachers, and larger community.
I strongly believe that the Leadership That Listens’ civic engagement, volunteer record, and knowledge of the issues is stronger and more robust than any of the candidates in this election cycle.
I also believe that residents should do their own research about past statements made by some of the other candidates running for election that give clear indications about their views on science and data – some of these public comments, which I believe are more than fair to assess, are deeply concerning.
I believe that a respect for science and a commitment to following public health regulations are critical concepts for candidates who wish to make decisions that impact children.
Ultimately, I trust that Leslie Norwood, Antonio Grana, and Alex De La Torre will be Board of Education Trustees who make decisions based on sound judgment and fact
. On November 8th, I encourage you to do what is best for the Hoboken Public School District and vote for Norwood, Grana, and De La Torre – 2i, 3i, and 4i.