Former municipal law director Khalifah Shabazz’s law firm is getting a $230,000 contract from the Paterson school district to serve as general counsel.
School board member Manny Martinez, who works as the vice principal of the College Achieve Charter School, is once again being accused of sexual harassment. A social worker has filed a lawsuit alleging Martinez, serving as her supervisor, made unwanted sexual advances.
The city’s school district is looking to borrow $23.5 million to cover expenses for the remainder of the academic year because of delay in receiving state aid payments.
The city’s teachers’ union is running a campaign calling for the removal of Emanuel Capers from the school board.
The city’s school district may lose $16.4 million in state education funding because of the fiscal crisis produced by the coronavirus pandemic.
After Paterson school officials ordered maintenance and custodial workers to report to work to allegedly perform non-essential duties in late April, three of them tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Forty-seven teachers have been sent layoff notices this month, school officials said this week. Layoff of non-tenured teachers are spread across 43 elementary and high schools in Paterson.