CEA Boss Got Criminal Immunity

Carteret Education Association leader John Nartowicz is pictured at a rally.

CARTERET — The president of the Carteret teacher’s union received immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for testimony about an alleged conspiracy to steal confidential student records, but authorities say high school teacher John Nartowicz is subject to possible administrative and civil charges that could result in him being permanently banned from teaching in the state of New Jersey.

As leader of the Carteret Education Association (CEA), Nartowicz is a key operative for the school board campaign of James Hart, Jasbir Judge, Jenny Garcia-Calle and Debra A. Weaver, but evidence presented in February that shows he was part of a conspiracy to release a confidential student document, apparently for political purposes.

Those events led to the firing of former school crossing guard Susan Ivanitski, upheld by Judge Maria Del Valle Koch, based on testimony supplied by Nartowicz that also implicated two current Board of Education members, Jerome Mitchell and Andrew Halkovich.

Halkovich’s daughter, Weaver, is one of the school board candidates whose campaign is being managed by Nartowicz but instead of ‘putting the needs of our children first above all else’ the union official testified that he received the confidential report card of a Carteret High School student from Ivanitski and passed it along to the two board members.

According to court documents, neither Nartowicz nor the board members should have had access to the student’s report card. The board members then passed the document on to Deputy Superintendent Kathleen Skobo, who was investigating whether a student was improperly allowed to graduate.

Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman has called for a complete and thorough investigation into any teacher, official or employee who has viewed the stolen records.

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