Jersey City is not properly funding its public schools.

Hundreds of JCPS employees have received layoff notices aka "pink slips" due to systemic underfunding. The time to act is NOW.

Jersey City has lost $27 million in state education aid in 2019/20 alone.

The proposed budget included a local school tax levy that failed to protect the jobs of hundreds of JCPS employees.

A community's priorities are reflected in how public dollars are spent.

Tell our elected officials: we value our kids & want to fund their education.

Letter to Elected Board of Education & City Representatives

The PTA Advocacy Team at Dr. Michael Conti PS #5 School created this letter that we can share with Board of Education and city officials. I am sharing on CivicParent to help spread the word & the advocacy.

You can use the automated email below, which will send the note (which you are free to customize) to the Board of Education trustees, Mayor Fulop, all the council representatives, and the respective Council aides. If you don't want to send to all of those individuals at once, simply copy/paste the note below into your email and send to a subset of representatives. If you don't know your ward - use the map below to find out!

All the BOE and city officials' contact information is provided below for your reference.

Advocate in the manner you feel most comfortable.

PS #5 PTA School Funding Advocacy Action: Keep the pressure on the BOE & City Leadership: No Pink Slips!

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Not sure which City Ward applies to your home and/or school?

No problem, we've got you covered! Find your home or your school on this ward map of Jersey City

City Representatives:

Mayor Steven Fulop

(201) 547-4288

[email protected]

Council President - Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr.

(201) 547-5268

[email protected]

Aide: Talita Elizeu

[email protected]

(201) 547-5458

Councilwoman at Large - Joyce E. Watterman

(201) 547-5134/5108

[email protected]

Aide: Kia Deadwyler

[email protected]

(201) 547-5108

Councilman at Large - Daniel Rivera

(201) 547-5319

[email protected]

Aide: Kevin Duron

(201) 547-5363

[email protected]

Ward A Councilwoman - Denise Ridley

(201) 547-5098/5060

[email protected]

Aide: Barbara Stamato

[email protected]

(201) 547-5060

Neighborhood: Greenville

Ward B Councilwoman - Mira Prinz-Arey

(201) 547-5092/5101

[email protected]

Aide: Lekendrick Shaw

[email protected]

(201) 547 5101

Neighborhood: West Side

Ward C Councilman - Richard Boggiano

(201) 547-5159/5172

[email protected]

Aide: Angelica Sanchez

[email protected]

(201) 547-5172

Neighborhood: Journal Square

Ward D Councilman - Michael Yun

(201) 547-6817

[email protected]

Aide: Vernon Richardson

[email protected]

(201) 547-6817

Neighborhood: Heights

Ward E Councilman - James Solomon

(201) 547-5315

[email protected]

Aide: Laura Bustamante

[email protected]

(201) 547- 5283

Neighborhood: Downtown

Ward F Councilman - Jermaine D. Robinson

(201) 547-5338/5361

[email protected]

Aide: Asheenia Johnson

[email protected]

(201) 547-5361

Neighborhood: Bergen-Lafayette

Board of Education Trustees:

Sudhan Thomas - Board of Education President

[email protected]

Lorenzo Richardson - Board of Education Vice Presidennt

 [email protected]

Marilyn Roman - Board of Education Trustee

[email protected]

Matthew Schapiro - Board of Education Trustee

[email protected]

Mussab Ali - Board of Education Trustee

[email protected]

Gerald Lyons - Board of Education Trustee

[email protected]

Joan Terrell Paige - Board of Education Trustee

[email protected]

Gina Verdibello - Board of Education Trustee

[email protected]

Gevonder DuPree - Board of Education Trustee
[email protected]

Additional resources about Jersey City's funding crisis

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Jersey City's Public School Funding Crisis - A Civic Overview from NJ Together

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