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Edison School Board Vice President Mohin Patel. (Photo: Linkedin)

Middlesex teachers’ union bashes Patel for hateful rhetoric

Yukna says Edison school board member ‘shockingly misinformed and uneducated about public education’

By David Wildstein, June 04 2021 4:41 pm

A Democratic State Senate candidate is under fire for attacking public school teachers in Edison, with the union president slamming Edison Board of Education Vice President Mohin Patel for hateful rhetoric.

“It’s ironic that a man who publicly apologized for anti-Muslim Facebook posts and is currently under investigation by a grand jury for a racist mailer would call for psychological testing of teachers and allege that educators are racist,” said Lois Yukna, the president of the Middlesex County Education Association.

Patel is challenging State Sen. Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield) in next Tuesday’s Democratic primary.  He is running on a line with Mahesh Bhagia, a mayoral candidate who was one of the alleged ringleaders of a racist flyer in a 2017 local campaign that is now under investigation.

A U.S. Postal Inspector identified Patel as one of the Edison Eight, a group that was involved in the controversial flyer that drew national attention.

Earlier this week, Patel also accused some teachers of making racist comments – he offered no substantiation – and suggested that some “should’ve been fired a long time ago.”

“As a board member, Mr. Patel should know first-hand about the outstanding work our members do each and every day for Edison’s students,” Yukna stated. “In addition to reaching high levels of academic achievement, staff and students are leading the way for social justice in our schools and communities.”

Yukna called Patel “shockingly misinformed and uneducated about public education” for a school board member.

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