JERSEY CITY, NJ - The City Council will vote on a resolution at their Wednesday meeting to withdraw a referendum asking voters to decide if the Board of Education should move to an appointed board, according to a statement released Monday.
In January, Fulop convinced the city council to add a public question to the November ballot that would temporarily convert the school board to one elected by voters to one appointed by the mayor. At the time, he said his goal was to fix the school crisis by reducing conflicts on the board and helping to deal with a $150 million school budget shortfall.
Saying there are still “major concerns” with the Board’s efforts to raise taxes Fulop added that “the world is a very different place today than it was in January when we approved the referendum.“
“The reality is we don’t want to be more disruptive to the schools when they return in September after being closed for months,” Fulop said. “We just don’t see putting the city through a referendum in this environment as responsible,”
“There’s no arguing the schools need help when we first introduced this,” said Council President Joyce Watterman. “Today, we’re in a much different climate, and we need to think about what is the best course of action in this new environment for our students, parents, teachers, and residents."
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