In a letter to the editor, Jersey City Board of Education candidate Luis Felipe Fernandez says “we must continue to develop a culture of excellence throughout our schools,” stressing this is not a one-person effort.
Jersey City public schools have noticeable disparities. We are home to some of the top schools in the state, while we also have priority schools in desperate need of support.
Regardless of the challenges the district faces we have many things to be proud of. Our dropout rate are decreasing and graduation rates are increasing. Our success must be celebrated and should continue to expand across all of our schools.
We celebrate these achievements and I commend everyone who contributed toward these accomplishments: teachers, students, parents, administration and everyone else who plays a key role in the developments of our schools. However, I believe that we still have room for improvement.
Most school facilities in our district are in need of attention and repairs. Proper heating and air conditioning systems are not available in every building, and student meal choices must be improved. We must continue to develop a culture of excellence throughout our schools and this is not a â€˜one person jobâ€.
The Superman complex plagues our political scene from the presidential race all the way to our local hopefuls. Not one person will â€œfixâ€ this, this must be an effort of community and unity. We must ALL work together in order to improve our schools, and through them, impact our communities. If our schools succeed we ALL succeed.
We must provide support to our teachers, celebrate our students, and engage our parents. We must continue to unite, build trust, and win together. We must equip our students with strong academics and powerful life skills that will help them succeed in every field, even beyond college.
We must support our teachers who help students on a daily basis, and really make it happen. We must provide creative ways for parents to be actively involved in their childâ€™s personal and academic growth. We are doing well, but we can do great.
We must make our schools the center of our communities, then as the school succeeds the whole community benefits. I am running for Board of Education to contribute toward the success of our schools.
I am not “the oneâ€ who will fix it, but my commitment is to be your voice and represent the best interest of our students. This is a team effort, together we can! Si se puede!
Luis Felipe Fernandez #Fernandez4jcboe
Candidate for Jersey City Board of Education