New School Board Bringing Liberty and Prosperity To Ocean City Public Schools

We have great hope for the Ocean City, NJ public schools.  Last week, three of our members, Robin Shaffer, Catherine Panico, and Liz Nicoletti were elected to the Ocean City Board of Education.  Kevin Barnes, a local attorney with no ties to the public education establishment was also elected.  As The Press of Atlantic City reported last week:

“There were six candidates for three seats on the school board, along with three more candidates for an unexpired term currently held by Ryan Leonard. Shaffer won that seat by a wide margin, with 2,079 votes. Leonard, who was appointed to the seat this year, took 1,398, while former board member Dale Braun received 636.

“Panico took the most votes, with 2,259, followed by Nicoletti at 2.082 and Barnes with 2,062. Patrick Kane, the school board president, came in fourth at 2,027, followed by the two other incumbents, Charles Roche (1,824) and Gregory Whelan (1,664)”.

Below are three reasons why this year’s School Board elections in Ocean City give us hope:

Above Image:  Drag Queens were an important part of the NJEA Teachers Union Convention in Atlantic City, NJ this year.  State law forces every non-management public school employee to pay dues to the NJEA (NJ State Teachers Union) and NEA (National Teachers Union)  whether they join as members or not.

Last year, NJEA had roughly 200,000 members.  Some 103,000 teachers pay $1,000 per year to NJEA.  Custodians, cafeteria workers, and clerical workers pay less.  Both unions also collect fees and “donations” from school book publishers and others who sell to public schools.  In 2018, the NJEA collected and spent roughly $144 million.  It is one of the biggest and most powerful political organizations in America.  See New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) – InfluenceWatch

Above Image:  This year’s NJ Teacher’s Union Convention had a new symbol “Learning – Equity – Justice” that showcased the importance of “woke” political indoctrination in our public schools.

Featured speakers this year included Nichole Hannah-Jones, creator of the hate-America, fake-history New York Times “1619 Project”.  That program teaches the Big Lie that America and American wealth were created by slavery.  It ignores these obvious and self-evident truths:  Slavery existed throughout the world until Christian America and Christian Europe ended it.

The great majority of Americans struggled to end it for eighty-seven (four-score and seven) years–long before the Civil War.  They crippled the slave economy in the Border States by helping slaves escape through the Underground Railroad.  They fought to keep slavery out of western territories like Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, and California. The created the Republican Party that made Abraham Lincoln President.

Millions fought to end slavery in the Civil War of which 310,000 white Americans and 40,000 black Americans died.  Finally, Abraham Lincoln himself said openly what all Americans knew at the time: All of the wealth produced by 240 years of slavery in America was more than wiped out by the four year war to end it.

New Jersey’s motto, “Liberty and Prosperity” explains that our American culture of freedom and personal responsibility, Judeo-Christian Bible values, and limited, constitutional government create wealth.

In its 2019 convention in Atlantic City, the NJEA New Jersey Teachers Union adopted the Communist clenched fist salute of the 1920’s as its main symbol.



1.        There are approximately 616 public school districts in New Jersey.  During the past five years, Governor Murphy Democrats, the NJEA Teacher’s Union, and other radical left organizations have created new textbooks, curricula, and other programs to indoctrinate public school students with their “woke” culture.  They systematically teach lies about science, history, and traditional American values. They are cleverly designed to turn children against their country, their religion, their parents, their grandparents, and each other. They include the teaching of fake history, fake science, and fake current events.  Only a handful of School Boards in New Jersey have pushed back against this.  Last August, the Ocean City Board of Education voted 6 to 5 to approve a radical state sex-education policy.  Four of the six who voted for that measure were voted out of office last week and replaced by candidates who opposed it.


2.       Robin Shaffer, one of the newly elected School Board members is a retired school administrator from another state who has important technical and inside knowledge of how public schools operate.


3.       Shaffer, Panico, and Nicoletti have worked as a coordinated team to bring fundamental change to the Ocean City public schools for more than a year.  They have developed contacts with other like-minded school board members to form a working majority.

However, these new Ocean City school board members are unpaid volunteers.  They need your help to make the fundamental changes we need to again teach our children to be independent, self-sufficient, knowledgeable critical thinkers again.

The first step in achieving change is to bring new “enrichment programs” to the Ocean City public schools and library.  Do you have any writing or teaching skills or experience?  If so, please contact us.  We welcome your help in creating, promoting and teaching enrichment programs promoting real science and traditional American values at the Ocean City library and public schools.  Hopefully, once these programs are proven to be successful, we can bring them to other schools and libraries throughout New Jersey.

We also need you to publicly support these school board members with calls to local talk radio programs, letters to the editor, and posts on online newspapers like Patch and on social media like Twitter, Facebook and Gab.  Even before they took office, leftists, “woke” Democrats, and members of the NJEA teachers union are already attacking them! is a tax-exempt, non-political education organization of roughly 200 citizens who mostly live near Atlantic City, New Jersey.  We formed this group in 2003. We volunteer our time and money to maintain this website. We do our best to post accurate information. However, we admit we make mistakes from time to time.  If you see any mistakes or inaccurate, misleading, outdated, or incomplete information in this or any of our posts, please let us know. We will do our best to correct the problem as soon as possible. Please email us at or telephone (609) 927-7333.

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    Atlantic City, NJ Attorney since 1975. Executive Director of Liberty and Prosperity since 2003. GOP Candidate for Congress, NJ State 2021, 2018. Adjunct Professor of Government & History at Atlantic Cape Community College 2010-2017. Contact (609) 927-7333

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