José M. Rodríguez
|José M. Rodríguez|
|Board Member, Elizabeth School Board, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Master's||Saint Peter's University|
Rodríguez resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Rodríguez received a Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University before earning his M.A. degree in Education Administration from Saint Peter's University in 2006. He is currently studying for a second Master's degree in Special Education from Kean University and he has a decade of experience teaching in the New Jersey public school system.
Rodríguez ran against eight other candidates to win one of three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Elizabeth Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Carlos M. Trujillo Incumbent||18.5%||4,604|
|Nonpartisan||José M. Rodríguez||14.8%||3,685|
|Nonpartisan||Stefano Calella Incumbent||14.6%||3,646|
|Nonpartisan||Anthony Padlo Incumbent||14.3%||3,569|
|Nonpartisan||Luis F. Rincon||2.1%||531|
|Nonpartisan||Maria Da Rassi||2.1%||527|
|Source: Union County, New Jersey, "UC 2013 General/School Election," November 14, 2013|
Rodriguez ran as part of the Election Fund of RNP slate, which reported $47,138.16 in contributions and $44,858.33 in expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Rodríguez received an official endorsement for his campaign from Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.
|Elizabeth Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||Elcy Castillo-Ospina Incumbent||21.1%||8,454|
|Nonpartisan||A. Tony Monteiro||19%||7,602|
|Nonpartisan||José M. Rodríguez||15%||6,020|
|Nonpartisan||Jorge E. Casalins||13.2%||5,262|
|Source: Union County, New Jersey, "Union Co. 2012 General/School Election," accessed October 28, 2013|
Quality Education for ALL Children!
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What was at stake?
There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Carlos M. Trujillo, Anthony Padlo and Stefano Calella ran for re-election as part of the Continue the Progress slate. Challengers José M. Rodríguez, Stan Neron and Cristina Pinzon raised funds under the Election Fund of RNP. Maria Da Rassi, Osment Spencer and Luis F. Rincon did not run as part of a slate.
District expansion and online offerings
Over the last decade, Elizabeth Public Schools has added 13 new school buildings in order to reduce overcrowding in certain district schools and to expand educational offerings to the student body. Two new schools, the iPrep Academy School No. 8 and Mravlag of Elmora Hills School No. 21, were added for the 2013-14 school year. Students at the iPrep Academy magnet school all receive tablets or notebook computers in addition to having complete online access to class materials and to other learning software following the 1-to-1 model. The school is participating in the "Teach To One" education model developed by New Classrooms of New York City to use algorithmic approaches and adoptive learning strategies to improve mathematics instruction. Mravlag of Elmora Hills School is also providing its students with tablets and notebook computers along with offering online course materials.
About the district
- See also: Elizabeth Public Schools, New Jersey
Union County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Union County was $68,688 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Union County was 9.8% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 31.6% of Union County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Facebook, "Jose M Rodriguez," accessed October 30, 2013
- Team iServe, "About the Candidates," accessed October 30, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- Team iServe, "Index," accessed October 30, 2013
- Team iServe, "Educating Our Youth," accessed October 30, 2013
- Suburban News, "Two new schools join the Elizabeth Public Schools family," September 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Union County, New Jersey," accessed October 28, 2013
- State of New Jersey Department of State, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," accessed October 27, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014