Proposed teacher transfers highlight dysfunction at PS 34 in Jersey City

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A proposed transfer of two teachers from PS 34 in Jersey City was publicly discussed, following the request of the teachers involved, at the Jersey City Board of Education’s caucus meeting.

The Jersey City Education Association, known for packing regular meetings of the Jersey City Board of Education, took the unusual step of showing up to the board’s caucus meeting in support of two teachers facing transfers from
Jersey City Public School Number 34 – an elementary school.

The two teachers, Alexis Allen-Penn and Patricia Jacobs, face the possibility of being transferred to separate schools depending on whether the board votes to approve the proposed transfers by the district.

The district’s actions follow undisclosed altercations between the two teachers, who claimed in public statements at the caucus meeting that administrators in the school were instigating.

Hope Blackburn, an attorney for the district, said that the potential transfer follows an agreement between the teachers to not interact with each other in Jersey City Municipal Court, and that the move will not affect either teachers’ tenure.

NOTE: The board is set to take action on the transfer at their regular meeting tonight – February 19th, 2015.