PERTH AMBOY — School board member Israel Varela has charged Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his state education commissioner with a bigoted attack on local control over the city’s public education system, arguing that the state never overturned a hiring or firing decision except in the predominantly Hispanic community, where a majority of elected representatives voted to fire a neoconservative administrator.
“Janine Caffrey filed bogus ethics against her bosses because she was held accountable for reckless remarks about our teaching staff, unauthorized expenditures and other insubordinate actions,” said Varela. “She is an adversary of our mission to educate poor children on an equal basis as the rich suburban kids and a mole for corporations that rob taxpayers.”
“They would never do this except in a district predominantly occupied by minority residents and it is insulting,” said Varela.
“Public education is the most effective way to prepare America’s young people to be informed citizens who are actively engaged in a healthy democracy and participation among Latinos is not a priority for the party of voter suppression,” said Varela. “Republicans have always opposed parity funding for special needs districts, the essence of equality spelled out in the state Supreme Court’s Abbott rulings.”
“Now, they are trying to pull an inside job to disrupt educational performance so they can declare fair education funding a failure and put more money back in the pockets of millionaires,” said Varela, who said hedge fund billionaire David Tepper is secretly financing political activity intended to buy the school election.
Varela said he is calling on civil rights activists, legal scholars, education professionals and parents to join in combating this unprecedented attack on home rule.
“Perth Amboy is Ground Zero in the class warfare that inspired Occupy Wall Street,” said Varela. “This is a fight for the future of free public education in America and everyone who cares about civil rights, freedom and our future should be fighting by our side.”
Varela is supporting mayoral candidate Billy Delgado, along with school board candidates Samuel Lebreault, Obdulia Gonzalez, Kenneth Puccio and Anton Massapust.