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Friday, June 14, 2013

NJ - Leader Of School Board Resigning After Anti-Semitic Remarks

TRENTON — Evesham school board member Rosemary Bernardi, under fire for alleged anti-Semitic remarks, has resigned from her position as a vice president for the New Jersey School Boards Assocation.

The resignation stems from comments Bernardi made at a public meeting of the Evesham board, when members approved changing the first day of school to avoid a conflict with the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. Bernardi opposed the schedule change.

“We have received and accepted Ms. Bernardi’s resignation, which she tendered for the good of the Association. Any other action would have been unacceptable,” NJSBA President John Bulina of Tabernacle said in a statement Thursday.

“Ms. Bernardi understands the negative impact that remaining in office would pose to the Association and its work on behalf of local boards of education and New Jersey’s 1.4 million public school students.”

Bernardi, who was vice president of legislation/resolutions for the NJBSA, has apologized for her comments, but contends her words were incorrectly portrayed to the public.

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