Elizabeth School Board meeting ends early after several heated exchanges

A group of African-American activists say Elizabeth's School Board's hiring practices are unfair. Some members of Elizabeth's black community took their concerns to a school board meeting Tuesday, but their message was not heard because it ended early after several heated arguments.

Activists claim the board is not hiring African-Americans to work on four new schools being built in Elizabeth. They say a disproportionate amount of blacks are hired to work in the schools and on school construction projects.

School board officials say the construction of the schools is completely out of their hands and the state decides who is hired to work on such projects.

Some members of the African-American community say they plan to demonstrate outside of Elizabeth's next Board of Education building Thursday.

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