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€