Princeton Board of Education Profile: Michele Tuck-Ponder

PRINCETON, NJ — Incumbent Princeton Board of Education Vice-President Michele Tuck-Ponder is running for another term this coming election.

A resident of Princeton, Tuck-Ponder has held various offices in over the past 30 years, including Mayor. Tuck-Ponder says she’s a strong advocate for reasonable spending and cost saving measures. She wants to ensure all students get equal and excellent education without putting much burden on the taxpayer.

Read below to learn more about Tuck-Ponder and her platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.

Name – Michele Tuck-Ponder

Age (as of Election Day) – 62

Position Sought – Member, Board of Education

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? – No

Education –

B.S. Journalism, Northwestern University

J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School

Occupation –

Executive Director, Destination Imagination (2017- present)

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office –

Princeton Township Committeewoman

Mayor, Princeton Township

Commissioner, Princeton Housing

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Paul Johnson For Princeton Board Of Education

PRINCETON, NJ — A lifelong Princeton resident, Paul Johnson says he’s running for a seat in the Board of Education because he genuinely cares “about the outcome of my five children, three of whom attend Princeton Public Schools, as well as all the children in our community.”

A student-athlete coach, Johnson is running with Karen Lemon and William “Bill” Hare as a slate.

Read below to learn more about Johnson and his platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.

Name – Paul Johnson

Age (as of Election Day) – 36

Position Sought – Board of Education Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? No

Education –

BA Anthropology, University of Virginia.

Occupation –

Student-athlete coach and mentor

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – None

Campaign website –

www.jlhforboe.com

Why are you seeking elective office?

As the late, great John Lewis so eloquently put it, “To

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Candidate Profile: Karen Lemon For Princeton Board Of Education

PRINCETON, NJ – A recently retired AT&T executive, Karen Lemon is an experienced leader and mentor, who has led inclusion and diversity teams. Lemon is currently vying for a seat in Princeton School district’s Board of Education. She wants to make the Princeton School District affordable for all students and foster an environment of inclusivity and diversity.

Read below to learn more about Lemon and her platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.

Name – Karen Lemon

Age (as of Election Day) – 57

Position Sought – Princeton Public School Board of Education

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? No

Education –

Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics Education

Occupation –

Retire executive from AT&T

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – None

Campaign website –

www.jlhforboe.com

Why are you seeking elective office?

I want to work collaboratively as part of the Board of Education to

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Candidate Profile: Jean Durbin for Princeton Board Of Education

PRINCETON, NJ — Princeton resident Jean Durbin is running for a seat on the Board of Education this Nov. 3. A graduate of Temple University’s law school, Durbin has been serving as an attorney in the Office of Finance and Treasury at Princeton University.

Durban identifies many pressing issues faced by the school district, including educating children in the midst of a pandemic, reckoning with past racial injustice among other challenges. She brings with her a background in social work, policy and law, which she feels could help the school district in achieving many of its future goals.

Read below to learn more about Durban and her platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton Township.

Name – Jean Durbin

Age (as of Election Day) – 52

Position Sought – Board of Education

Family – Husband, Jon, and two sons who have gone through Princeton Public Schools since Kindergarten. One is

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Princeton Board of Education Profile: Beth Behrend

PRINCETON, NJ — Incumbent Princeton Board of Education President Beth Behrend is running for another term this coming election.

A product of public schools, Behrend emphasizes on the importance of a good public education. She says her focus has always been on putting students first while dealing with the various challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Read below to learn more about Behrend and her platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.

Name – Beth Behrend

Age (as of Election Day) – 52

Position Sought – Board of Education, Princeton Public Schools

Family – I live in the Riverside neighborhood of Princeton with my husband, Robert, and our three children, ages 14, 16 and 18, and our dog, Truffles, and four finches. My children attend/have attended Riverside Elementary, the Princeton Unified Middle School, The Pennington School and PHS. Our oldest (PHS 2020) is a freshman at Princeton University.

Does anyone

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Candidate Profile: Adam Bierman, Princeton Board Of Education

PRINCETON, NJ – The Princeton Board of Education elections this year is a hotly contested one. Eight candidates are vying for three open seats.

Princeton resident Adam Bierman, 60, is running to make education accessible and affordable for students. A teacher at the state Division of Children and Families in Trenton, Bierman is also a producer and TV host of Breezin With Bierman on Princeton TV.

Bierman lives in Princeton with his wife Sandra, daughter Rachel and their two dog. He said he was inspired to run for office after watching his parents work for the community. Bierman has a BA and MA from Rutgers University, and a social studies certification from the College of New Jersey.

Read below to learn more about Bierman and his platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.

Why are you seeking elective office?

My family has a deep devotion to public service and

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Adam Bierman, Princeton Board Of Education

PRINCETON, NJ – The Princeton Board of Education elections this year is a hotly contested one. Eight candidates are vying for three open seats.

Princeton resident Adam Bierman, 60, is running to make education accessible and affordable for students. A teacher at Mercer Teach, Bierman is also a producer and TV host of Breezin With Bierman on Princeton TV.

Bierman lives in Princeton with his wife Sandra, daughter Rachel and two dog. He said he was inspired to run for office after watching his parents work for the community. Bierman has a BA and MA from Rutgers University and a social studies certification from the College of New Jersey.

He is currently a member of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee D 13, Public Transit Advisory Committee and the Communications Workers of America Shop Steward /Lobbyist.

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The Department Of Education Versus Princeton: What’s At Stake?

Many universities have recently announced plans to address persistent racism in our society and on their campuses. Last week, the Department of Education launched an investigation into one of these, interpreting Princeton’s commitment (as expressed by President Chris Eisgruber) to address the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow as evidence that this institution violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. 

The charge is at best inappropriate. With respect to the laws cited in the Department’s accusation, Princeton is in compliance. Princeton does not exclude or deny people participation in its educational programs on the basis of race, color or national origin. Non-discrimination—the thing to which Princeton and other universities attest—is not the same as eradicating racism, the thing Eisgruber

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College presidents urge Education Department to stop Princeton ‘anti-discrimination’ investigation

The letter is part of an intense national debate over the nation’s racial history and how that has shaped the present, with protests over racial injustices flaring up across the country in recent months and dueling efforts to reemphasize the contributions of the Founding Fathers or to more directly confront the impact of slavery.

This month, Princeton’s president wrote about efforts to combat systemic racism on campus and beyond, such as diversifying the school’s faculty, and making Princeton a more welcoming place. Even though the university had committed itself for at least the past 50 years to become more inclusive, “racism and the damage it does to people of color nevertheless persist at Princeton as in our society,” Christopher L. Eisgruber wrote.

Two weeks later, the Education Department sent the university a letter disclosing its investigation. “On September 2, 2020, you admitted Princeton’s educational program is and for decades has

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Department of Education investigating Princeton after school acknowledges systemic racism

Federal authorities launched a sweeping probe of Princeton University after the Ivy League school acknowledged the role systemic racism has played on its campus, the school said Thursday.

The 274-year-old university published a letter from Department of Education Assistant Secretary Robert King saying that Princeton could be asked to return federal funds it has received — totaling $75 million since 2013 — when university President Christopher L. Eisgruber took office.

King focused on a Sept. 2 statement by Eisgruber announcing efforts Princeton would take to combat systemic racism.

“Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education is concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false,” King wrote. “The Department is further concerned Princeton perhaps knew, or should have known, these assurances were false at the time they were made.”

The department’s probe of

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