Moments before a critical vote to select the President of the Atlantic City Board of Education, a claim was made that board member Farook Hossain doesn’t live in Atlantic City.
This last minute surprise cost John Devlin his position as President of the Atlantic City School Board. Was this a case of voter suppression?
Why is there so much disrespect of Hossain, the first Bangladeshi to serve on a Board of Education in Atlantic County.
An unusual, questionable, week-long delay requested by Barry Caldwell and Solicitor Tracy Riley. Both have no authority to postpone a meeting. The only person who can cancel a Board of Education meeting is the Board President, John Devlin.
Did Atlantic City School Superintendent Barry Caldwell pull a fast one?
Atlantic City Board of Education Reorganization meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 6, 2021 was postponed and rescheduled for Monday, January 11, 2021.
His (Hossain) vote can not be recorded. He is not an AC resident. Don’t count his vote.Solicitor Tracy Riley
Embattled superintendent Barry Caldwell stepping down later this year. Many say Caldwell leaving district in much worse condition.
Did Atlantic City School Superintendent Barry Caldwell violate state law?
To make sure the vote was postponed, some called out at last minute? Did Atlantic City School Superintendent Barry Caldwell ignore law that states Devlin is still Board President and is the only one that can cancel a board meeting?
You can’t do that. You have no legal authority.Board President Devlin to Solicitor.
Farook Hossain made history. The first Bangladeshi to serve on a Board of Education in Atlantic County. He’s a community activist and father of 2 children enrolled in Atlantic City Schools
Hossain moved to AC in 2002. Hossain is the founder of the South Jersey chapter of the Alliance of South Asian American Labor.
Atlantic City School Board solicitor Tracy Riley and board members Al Herbert and John Devlin sparred over residency of board member, Farook Hossain. Riley virtually forced board secretary to ignore Hossain’s vote. Riley made accusation that Hossain no longer lived in Atlantic City.
Based on info from Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Farook Hossain is not an Atlantic City resident, his vote can’t be recorded.Tracey Riley
According to the Press of Atlantic City: Not counting Hossain’s vote cost Devlin the Board President seat as he received four votes and board member Shay Steele received five. In the same manner, Patricia Bailey was selected as board vice president.
During meeting, Solicitor Riley claimed: (see video)
- Hossain is no longer an Atlantic City resident.
- Hossain is still on the board.
- Hossain’s vote can’t be recorded
The leadership of the Atlantic City Board of Education changed Monday night in what some called possibly illegal steps. Read more at Breaking AC.