In the eight candidate race for the Jersey City Board of Education, one of the candidates is running as an independent. Afaf Muhammad, a lifelong resident of Jersey City, is campaigning for one of the three vacated seats in this year’s Board elections.
Muhammad is a mental health first aid instructor who is a Unit Director at the Boys and Girls Glub of Hudson County. She’s worked with students at P.S. 15 and 24, was vice president of the parent council at P.S. 23, and is a committee person in the Hudson County Democratic Organization. She has four daughters in the Jersey City Public School district.
“As a trustee, I plan on basically supporting the students, parents and teachers to reform Jersey City Public Schools to be a place of education,” said Muhammad. “Education that is quality and where equity is involved, as well as improving literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering and math).”
Muhammad said her other priorities would be addressing bullying and creating a program to teach parents, students, and teachers for signs of those being bullied.
Issues and priorities:
- Funding: Muhammad said that they could do fundraisers to raise money.
- Infrastructure: Muhammad said that they could do programs where schools and community members that do contracting work to improve the school and double as a learning experience.
- Bringing normalcy after COVID-19: Muhammad said the they could do virtual libraries, and also said she would look more into the pandemic if she gets elected.
- Learning gap: Muhammad said she would support programs that boost literacy and tutor students in subjects they are failing in.
- Mental health: Muhammad said that she supports a current program where they use drawings and have conversations with students and teachers to have children talk about their emotions.
- Racial equity: Muhammad said that she would have digital books, and look at equipment being used in high performing schools and and match the resources to marginalized communities. She would also look at accessibility, removing derogatory language and teaching different cultures.