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Jersey City BOE challengers say incumbents lying about their stance on acting superintendent

Change for Children candidates say they back acting superintendent Franklin Walker

By Nikita Biryukov, September 25 2019 10:36 am

A slate of Jersey City Board of Education candidate says incumbents running for re-election are misrepresenting their views.

The Change for Children candidates on Monday pushed back against claims by incumbents on the Education Matters slate that included claims that the challengers wanted to oust acting superintendent Franklin Walker and reinstate former superintendent Marcia Lyles and her deputy, Catherine Coyle.

“We want to make it clear that we have never been in talks to bring anyone back to fill the role of superintendent. Discussing any position is highly inappropriate and a violation of employee privacy,” challenger Alexander Hamilton said. “More importantly, the Change for Children candidates are not looking backward at the disorder created by some of the current board members, we are looking forward to a new and positive reality for children, parents, teachers and the school board.”

In January, the Board of Education voted not to renew Lyles contract in a 7-1 vote accompanied by little debate that was not advertised ahead of time.

Walker, an employee of the school district for 45 years, was appointed to serve as superintendent while the city conducts a national search for Lyles’ replacement.

“Enough of the lies,” Change for Children candidate Asheenia Johnson said. “We cannot allow fear-mongering and lies propagated by members of the Education Matters slate and divisive union leaders to detract us from what matters the most. The Change for Children school board slate functions with the interests of the children, parents and teachers in mind, and they will remain our top priority.”

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