Contact Us

Gas Station and Convenience Store Owners Call For Education Reform

Calls for New Jersey education reform are coming from an unlikely group, the New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store, Automotive Association (NJGCA).

Sal Risalvato
Sal Risalvato (NJGCA)

Executive Director Sal Risalvato says he’s noticed a disturbing trend for decades that has outraged him, students who are so poorly educated that he can’t hire them to serve as gas station attendants.  “My employees being incapable of performing task that require only fundamental education.”

In an Op-ed piece he wrote, “Think about it. If a person doesn’t have the skills to pump gas, then what can they be employed as? What contribution to society can they make? Ultimately society pays for the uneducated and the unskilled through higher taxes and costs associated with crime and poverty.”

Risalvato expresses a great deal of his anger toward the NJEA, which has only recently begun calling for education reforms.  He faults them for being more concerned about money and benefits for decades and not concerned about the education of students.  He says “from a professional point of view, they should have been outraged years ago, that the standards have been lowered over the years.  That students have been allowed to not be accountable.  That parents have been allowed to not be accountable.”

Risalvato is calling on the State Legislature to pass teacher tenure reforms as well as the Opportunity Scholarship Act, which will help students attending failing schools, pay to attend schools in other districts.


Best of WOBM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for WOBM Listener Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WOBM Listener Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.