This statement by HoLa Board President Barbara Martinez has revived questions about whether the attitude of a school's board translate into a selective admissions policy to suppress 'low income' admissions.
True or not, Martinez appears to be bartering a more-inclusive admissions policy in exchange for an uncontested expansion to the 7th and 8th grades, which the Hoboken School Board is challenging in court. The comment suggests it is "the Hoboken Board of Education" who "wants to see a low-income preference" in admissions and not Martinez, President of HoLa's School Board.
Is that true?
I don't know. Maybe she just pegado a su pie en la boca- and who hasn't stuck their zapato where it doesn't belong?
To err is human...
Anyway, Martinez' offer puts into play other statements she has made which may support or contradict arguments on both sides of the pending litigation. Such as this letter written in January 2009; according to Hoboken411 where it was posted, the letter was "sent to various members of the Board of Education, as well as the Superintendent and staff:"
“I’ve taken the past two days off of work (I’m a reporter at the WSJ) because the Hola program is so important to my family. Today I spent a lot of time outside Conners and Wallace – getting signatures of people who would be thrilled to send their kids to a dual-language immersion program.
I met many Hispanic and African-American moms this morning whose faces lit up when I told them their children could be fully literate in two languages by the time they are in third grade. Many are planning to attend our information session this Sunday at Jubilee Center.
BUT I AM SO VERY CONCERNED THAT YOU ARE DECIDING TO TABLE THIS PROGRAM FOR THE TIME BEING.
The private school my daughter attends needs to know in early February whether she will be returning in September 2009 for first grade. What am I supposed to tell them?
By the way, they want me to give them $1,000 if I want them to hold her spot. Several weeks after that, I have to commit to a full-year’s tuition. What am I supposed to do?
Parents in Hoboken are making their decisions for next year NOW. If you put this off again you may lose people like me.
My stomach has been in a knot for the past two months as the entire city debates this valuable program.While Leon Gold was pilloried for his politically-incorrect remarks, comments like Martinez' "...if you put this off you will lose people like me" and "Now all our friends will stay in Hoboken!" are greeted with silence.
How much more talk is needed?
Jen and Camille have told me they are willing to walk away from the money, the contract, etc. They are stripping away all the non-essentials from their budget. There won’t be a need for an RFQ. They won’t be getting a cent.
Why can’t we put this to bed already?
PLEASE. Take action on this so we can get our school started. Or if the action is negative, at least we can move on with our lives and make other plans. But to make us wait like this, for no apparently good reason, is quite unnerving and cruel.
Sorry to sound so dramatic – but this is really something that will affect my daughter’s future.
Why is that?
Don't shoot the messenger, folks. This incident comes on the heels of a rumor GA just heard that Hoboken's Boys and Girls Club fees have caused kids to leave "...in droves."
On top of that, GA was told the Boys and Girls Club Director, Margarita Garcia, also holds the position as HoLa's Aftercare and Enrichment Coordinator.
How isn't this a conflict-of-interest, when the B&G Club rents space to HoLa? The B&G Club employee, Garcia, negotiates rent with a tenant, HoLa, who (also) employs her? They are both paid positions. If the B&G had to hike fees beyond the affordability of the low-income kids they are supposed to serve, is Garcia really in a position to negotiate a more competitive rent with herself?
It appears to GA that some of Hoboken's poorest kids have paid "so all our friends can stay in Hoboken!"