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People Are Awesome: This 21-Year-Old Rutgers Student Is Running For School Board

This is the first year New Brunswick, NJ has a voice in deciding who controls their schools. Stephanie Rivera is stepping up to make sure it's heard.


"So you're a Rutgers student? A student with no real life experience who wants to be on a school board?"

My name is Stephanie Rivera. I am a 21-year-old junior at Rutgers University and that's the reaction I hear from critics of my candidacy for New Brunswick, New Jersey's Board of Education. For over 20 years, our school board was appointed by the mayor rather than elected by community members. Then this past November New Brunswick community members tirelessly campaigned in support of a referendum to change the school board to an elected one. This is the first year where the community has a voice in deciding who controls their schools.

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