I'm really not sure how you can sit there and say that the BoE is not calling for HoLa to be shut down...As the reader pointed out, the BoE's Appeal to the NJDOE repeatedly invoked HoLa's "renewal and expansion" and "renewal with the expansion of grade levels" GA witnessed many parents at Tuesday's meeting asking for the Board to remove the word "renewal" from the petition.
In fact the word "renewal" seems to be the source of fears that the BoE wants to close HoLa.
So, why did the BoE appeal HoLa's "renewal and expansion"?
There is a reason.
When a New Jersey Charter School wishes to add grades, as HoLa does, it must AMEND it's Charter in accordance with Rule N.J.A.C. 6A:11-2.6. (page 24) Before the Amendment can be filed, the Charter School must first be granted a RENEWAL of it's Charter. Once renewal is granted, only then the Charter submits an application and documents to AMEND it's Charter in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:11-2.6 .
That is the way it is supposed to work.
Renewal application first. Expansion application next, contingent upon the granting of Charter renewal.
That is not the way HoLa did it. HoLa did not comply with N.J.A.C. 6A:11-2.6.
This is not an accusation. It is a fact.
HoLa buried its "Amendment Request: Expansion to 8th Grade" on page 18 of its 48-page RENEWAL application.
|HoLA Charter Renewal Application 2013-2014|
GA believes HoLa administrators took this "shortcut" to approve its expansion for a couple of reasons.
1) By integrating it with its renewal application HoLa administrators intended to slip it through the NJDOE and once approved, make it very uncomfortable (and politically unpopular) for the BoE to oppose.
2) Administrators figured the 'average person' wouldn't understand how "renewal" would have to be included in the Appeal. Thus, this 'average person' would react viscerally, with disgust and horror, and turn on the Hoboken School Board and Dr. Toback.
3) HoLa does not post its Charter Renewal Application on its own web site. This lack of transparency would prevent the 'average person' from access to the source of the scary "renewal" verbiage.
Here is where the "Amendment Request" (expansion) is located in the HoLa Charter renewal:
The Amendment request is one paragraph long, and circumvents the state's requirements and submissions for a Charter expansion.
So, what have we?
Because of HoLa administrators' 'shortcut' burial of the Amendment request in their Charter Renewal, the Appeal had to address "renewal and expansion."
HAD TO. If you don't understand why, ask your favorite lawyer. As Toback told me himself when I asked him on Tuesday why the "renewal" verbiage was there: "the lawyers put it in."
GA believes that anti-BoE politicos/adminstrators chose NOT to comply with N.J.A.C. 6A:11-2.6 forcing Hoboken District into the very uncomfortable and politically unpopular position of having to challenge the school's renewal if they wished to challenge the expansion.
It is wrong to play politics with HoLa families.
When you have a rabid anti-BoE politico as a Board Trustee who devotes endless hours to trashing the BoE majority coalition, Superintendent Toback and the Hoboken Public School District on his 'academic blog'.... and another Trustee is a former BoE Trustee and adversary of the current administration, why wouldn't fear-mongering ("the BoE is trying to close HoLa") be a useful tool?
Well, it is easy to understand how the "renewal" verbiage would be exploited by political predators like Beth Mason on HCTV, Carmelo Garcia on Patch, Castellano- Russo's City Council Resolution (since pulled) coordinated with HoLa Trustee Anthony Petrosino who posted the resolution on his 'academic blog'.
GA believes this fear-mongering about the BoE wanting HoLa's closure is a ill wind from the Dark Side. And some who know better are fomenting it at the expense of families.
Here is the truth:
|The BoE and Dr. Toback are NOT trying to close HoLa|