Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31) received full support of the Jersey City Council to rename Public School No. 20 after President Barack Obama (D).
â€œWhile in office, our president has done great work regarding education reform,â€ McKnight said during the public portion of Wednesday’s council meeting, also referencing the â€œEvery Student Succeeds Actâ€ Obama signed on December 10, 2015.
â€œ(The act) prepares students success for college careers and more importantly guaranteed steps are taken to help students and their schools improve.â€
Additionally, McKnight mentioned that Obama is the only president to propose that students can attend a two-year community college for free.
â€œPresident Obama recently stated and I quote, providing two years of community college at no cost for every responsible student is one of the best ways to do that, and Iâ€™m going to keep fighting to get that started this year, itâ€™s the right thing to do.â€
Jersey City Ward A Councilman Frank Gajewski gave McKnight his full support on her recommendation, saying he will submit a resolution to rename PS. 20 after Obama.
Gajewski also reminded McKnight that there are protocols to follow as well, including a dialogue with the school’s staff, the Jersey City Board of Education and the community.
Councilwoman-at-Large Joyce Watterman agreed with Gajewski, again reminded McKnight about the importance of community support.
â€œI just want to suggest to the assemblywoman that when it comes to naming any building, that you always get the community to support you too. And the reason why I said that is because we named the West Precinct after Melvin Santiago – and we did find resistance.â€
McKnight told the city council that her next step is to follow â€œproper protocols with the Board of Education to get all the information needed to pursue the renaming of P.S. 20.â€
So how are you going to get this 2 years of college paid for EVERYBODY? Not gonna happen. It’s already paid for for the majority of people who live in the hood areas. It’s called financial aid. You live below the poverty level your set. Obama mentioned it now it’s a dead issue. I hate this broad.
I SUPPORT OUR ASEMBLY WOMAN ANGELA MCNIGHTT TO RENAME PS # 20 SCHOOL AFTER OBAMA.HIS POLICIES FOR EDUCATION SPEAKS FOR IT’S SELF’
I’M SURE OUR CITY WILL ALSO SUPPORT THE RENAMEING THE SCHOOL IN HONOR OF OUR GREAT PRESIDENT OBAMA.
With all due respect to President Obama, his policies are more towards promoting charter schools rather pl ubkuc schools.
ASW McKnight should ask the charter school that she sits as board member to name it after President Obama.
PS20 submitted a name and followed proper protocol. Was the name even mentioned at this meeting? Let’s do something the right way for a change!
I worked very hard in both Obama campaigns. . I may not agree with everything he has done and I am disappointed about things he said he would do but has not. Still, on balance, I think he has been an excellent President. I like his style. I believe he and his wife set an admirable standard of public comportment.
But I am opposed to naming any public property after him during his lifetime. Naming public properties after living persons is dangerous. Have we not seen enough examples of this?
I think it is a wonderful idea! The school looks great and we should always have an institute in our community to remember and honor our great president.
Wonder if the name will be “BARACK HUSSAIN OBAMA school. You know, his real name that he doesn’t like to be addressed as.