2017NTE_CandidatesForum_FlohishaJohnson.jpgBorn in Newark, Flohisha Johnson is a mother of two sons who have both attended North Star Academy since Kindergarten. Flohisha attended Newark Public Schools, Clinton Avenue Elementary School and Louise A. Spencer, where she was in the Gifted and Talented Program. Flohisha also attended Arts High School where she majored in Drama, and Kean University where she majored in Criminal Justice.

As a parent, Flohisha became more involved in her son’s school and the organization Ed-Reform. She also became a Parent Advocate at Parent Coalition for Excellent Education located in Newark and Parent Council President at North Star Vailsburg Middle School where her youngest son attends. Flohisha is a member of Black Alliance Educational Options (BAEO), the Order of Eastern Stars, Stars of Hope Chapter 2, an honorable member of VFW Hall Camptown Post 1940, and PACTION where she gives countless hours catering to the Neighbors without addresses in the City of Newark.

An Education Advocate and a FIGHTER, Flohisha will do anything for anyone, or find someone who will. She is a navigator, Family Associate and Parent Support Partner, and currently works at Local 108 on the African American Heritage Parades Festival Organization Inc. while still doing day to day advocacy in her Community.

Positions

Fiduciary Responsibilities (Budget, Potential Deficit, Contracts (Etc)

My primary focus will be to review and learn the school budget and prioritize money in classroom. We also need to organize parents, students and Newark residents and go down to Trenton and discuss the biggest need which is appropriate school funding and our fair share.
We need to lobby and convince the state to absorb the estimated budget deficit they incurred while under state control. I am currently not privy to the contracts between the district and vendors but I would want to review and ensure they are being prioritized towards classroom instruction and direct student resources and not wasteful spending for consultants.

Effective Education Policy

One Newark needs to be tweaked but continue to focus more on choice for all parents. As a board member, we need to educate and engage parents across the city to ask for suggestions and buy in. It can’t be a top down policy, but we can’t dismantle without having a plan to replace or tweak it.

Effective Curriculum And Programs

I believe kids need to know about local and state govt. We must ensure we have a diverse and ethnic curriculum that represents our diverse community. We need to increase tutoring programs after school and Saturday classes for literacy and math.

Accountability And Autonomy

As a board member, we must hold our superintendent accountable and to hold the district to task. We need to adopt policies to prevent waste and malfeasance. Improve ethics training for all district personnel and look to hire an Inspector General.
Principals need to be held accountable by the Super but also need autonomy to be able to use best practices from high performing schools. Principals hold teachers accountable and super hold principals accountable, and board members hold super accountable

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  • commented 2017-04-18 23:37:51 -0400
    I urge everyone to please do not support Flohisha Johnson, most of her bio is made up, and she is not reliable, trust worthy or qualified to make decision for our children in the city of Newark. She is being backed by the Mayor of Newark because Newark is trying to gain back local control and they need a weak individual to puppet and agree with everything they pass on the table. Newark Public Schools has suffered to long at the hands of these under-handed politicians. Our Mayor is so against Charter schools. There should be no devision, our children are more important.
    I urge parents to please do your research before you place these uneducated, non-trust worthy people in place on this board. NPS will be facing a 1 billion budget that these individuals will have to manage. It is is the best interest of out children to elect members who are honest, trust-worthy, knows about the education system and lastly who have our children’s best interest at heart, and not the likes of these politicians. Flohisha Johnson should be ashamed of herself for falsifying these attributes about herself just to get ahead. Please parents of Newark do not support this Con!!!
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