One gal's musings on the Hoboken political scene
I want a head count. How many people "threatened" to move if HoLa didn't get two more grades?
Hmm. There's something about them that is not different. Hmm .... Qué podría ser?
I was just told that Wallace has a "paper shortage"- "out of budget to buy paper." WTF???I am going to get to the bottom of this. Public schools that can't afford paper can afford a charter expansion?
Our first grade teacher said the same thing...she gets X sheets per week.
Keep up the good work, GA. It frustrates me that people I supported are so squarely on the wrong side of this. Mayor Zimmer, Mello, etc. have thrown in with Pupie, Ruben and Carmelo all because some parents don't want their kids going to school with "those" kids. Now I have to pick up the tab. How unfortunate.
1954 called...They want their segregation back.http://whitepeopleyay.ytmnd.com/
paper schmaper, it's expensive to cover four adminstrations.
Decisions based on helping your friends at the expense of the powerless is neither a goal nor a policy to which Hoboken should return. Seriously, they are promoting Frank Raia and that gang's latest scheme.
At the expense of the Boys and Girls club, we're asked to accept a dual-language private school where sub-standard Spanish is the ironic language choice, using public funds and no transparency. This is consistent with, and just another step on, the right-wing's path toward the privatization of everything, including our public schools, as outlined in this cogent Bill Moyers documentary: http://billmoyers.com/segment/united-states-of-alec/
Why isn't the fact that the Boys and Girls club is a non-profit organization that rents their building for $1.00 per year and does not own the building. How then can they accept rent? Where exactly does the rent money go? Why doesn't the city take ownership of the "rent", since the city owns the building? What exactly are the terms of their lease agreement? When will Hola make their budgets public like the BOE? How high are their administrative costs as compared to instructional spending? Why are there two classes with 9 kids each? Why couldn't 18 kids be put into one class?
I hope they shut down Elysian and Hoboken Charter too. Are those people too good for real public schools? What are those parents afraid of catching being spanish!!!!
Charter Schools are in the public school system. No one is advocating that they should close the ones we have. The issue is under the present funding formula we've passed the tipping point for further expansion.
GA you nailed it in your picture, this is about segregation. I support Chairman Gold in his view that no amount of segregation is appropriate!!! Until Hoboken Charter, Elysian, and Hola are shutdown or transferred to Board of Ed control the segregation continues.
That's not what Gold said nor what he wants. He spoke of an unintended segregative effect and how the state pits public schools and charters against each other in competition for funding. That's it. I understand why political operatives would like to spin it otherwise.
Anon, you want HCS and Elysian shut down? Hoping to get more money for Hola? Hoboken Charter School has more Spanish and poor kids than Hola. Afraid of catching Spanish?.Martinez can get 10 elected people to write letters for Hola, but she can't get more poor students in her school? Maybe it is Hola's leader(s) that are afraid of catching poverty
HoLa is getting the brunt now because they wanted to expand, but no matter what stories people tell themselves and others about why they go to ANY charter in Hoboken, the real reason is it's to be with other white folks without having to pay tuition. (OK, maybe not just white, but to be with other families with college educations and jobs) Everyone wants to get away from HHA families, even a few HHA families themselves go to charters because they think it's a way to move up or out, or do better. School Choice leads to segregation! How will people learn to get along with all types if they don't grow up with it? Go to school together! It doesn't hurt! Being poor or being a challenged student is not contagious! I've watched Hob District teachers masterfully educate kids of all levels simultaneously. Nearly all of the Hob District teachers we've encountered are miraculous and brilliant, and the curriculum is academically demanding.