Mother Crusader shares reactions from Paterson’s Board of Ed members to the news that Christie’s Education Commissioner, Chris Cerf, approved two more charter schools for Paterson without the Board’s consent or knowledge, or knowledge of other city residents. The State is legally required to solicit community feedback regarding new charter applications but as Mother Crusader points out, “from what I heard at that meeting, nothing about this administration’s charter agenda in Paterson was shared with the good people of that community.”
Board Member Dr. Jonathan Hodges’ suggestion that the BOE investigate why approval was pushed through in secrecy, was greeted with approbation. The moral of this story is that sometimes, all change needs to get started is a single voice putting out a call to action that becomes a fixed point others can rally around. Thanks for being that voice, Dr. Hodges.
“Paterson BOE will act on charter approvals citing lack of transparency & nepotism … The people of Paterson deserve the right to decide what schools are right for their community. The state SHOULD NOT be able to place two charters in Paterson with NO local input.”
If public education in New Jersey matters to you, here are some simple actions you can take to protect it. Remember, effective advocacy means understanding the issues and speaking out for what you believe.
- Attend the People’s Town Hall Meeting on Public Education & Issues on Sat Feb 23 11am-1pm in Englewood, NJ. See event on Facebook.
- Read more Mother Crusader posts on how charter schools are positioned to destroy public education in urban communities throughout New Jersey.
- Follow Citizens for Public Education blog or join Facebook group
- Follow Mother Crusader blog or on Facebook
- Follow Education Law Center website or Facebook or Twitter
- Follow Save Our Schools NJ or Facebook
- In all political elections, make sure you vote for candidates like Barbara Buono and Sheila Oliver who support the rights of children and families to enjoy free, public education
- Attend Board of Education and Municipal Council Meetings and share your views during public comment sessions
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