An email exchange between Christopher Cerf, the state-appointed Newark schools chief, and John Abeigon, the president of the Newark Teachers Union. Abeigon’s email is at the bottom–it was sent to city officials, local school board members, state school board members, the mayor’s office and others. Abeigon offers his congratulations on the return of local control and asks for a role in the transition.
(Editorial note: Abeigon sent me the exchange so I don’t know whether all recipients and senders are listed. My emphasis added.)
Five hours after Abeigon sent his note, Cerf responds like this:
From: “Cerf, Christopher” <CCerf@nps.k12.nj.us> Date: Oct 4, 2017 8:53 PM Subject: Re: Congratulations & Request to Serve To: “John Abeigon” <email@example.com> Cc: “Randi Weingarten” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Lewis, Marques-Aquil” <MALewis@nps.k12.nj.us>
Not happening in this or any lifetime.
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On Oct 4, 2017, at 3:56 PM, John Abeigon <email@example.com> wrote:
From: John Abeigon [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Friday, September 15, 2017 10:47 AM To: (Tonibville@msn.com) <Tonibville@msn.com>; Crystal C. Fonseca <C1Fonseca@nps.k12.nj.us>; Dashay Carter <D2Carter@nps.k12.nj.us>; Kim Gaddy <KGaddy@nps.k12.nj.us>; Marques-Aquil Lewis (email@example.com) <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: ‘email@example.com‘ <firstname.lastname@example.org>; ‘Donna M Chiera’ <email@example.com>; SenRuiz (SenRuiz@njleg.org) <SenRuiz@njleg.org>; Sen Ron Rice (firstname.lastname@example.org) <email@example.com>; Michael Maillaro <firstname.lastname@example.org>; ‘Michael Iovino’ <email@example.com>; ‘firstname.lastname@example.org‘ <email@example.com>; ‘Eugene’ <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Congratulations & Request to Serve
Newark Board of Education
Dear Mr. Lewis:
Congratulations on receiving full local control back to the Newark Board of Education.
As the elected representatives of all the NBOE’s highly skilled professional instructional workforce, paraprofessionals, Child Study Team members and various therapists servicing students, the NTU respectfully requests we be included in any plan, and be seated on any committee established by the NBOE to develop a full transition plan for the return to local control of the district pursuant to NJAC Title 6A.
As we have throughout the takeover, we remain at your service and the service of the needs of Newark’s students, their parents and community.
John M Abeigon
President & Director of Organization
Newark Teachers Union, Local 481, AFT, AFL-CIO