The Carlo Davis article in this week's HR "Do over? State will review approval of charter school expansion" summarized two starkly divergent sets of facts in a pending legal action between HoLa and the Hoboken BoE. Representing HoLa in the piece was the Dual Language school's spokesperson and Board President, Barbara Martinez.
It was this Martinez quote that made GA say "Whaaaat?"
"If the Hoboken Board of Education wants to see a low-income preference in HoLa's lottery.... all it has to do is drop the lawsuit"Apparently, I'm not the only one who reacted that way. A reader wrote:
Why cant hola use a low income preference until the lawsuit is dropped? and if they could have done this before, why didnt they-why did they wait until a lawsuit occurred to implement a low income preference? and Are they allowed to use low income preference or is she full of ****?Now, GA has not followed this particular issue nor what BoE lawyer Eric Harrison alleges in his brief is HoLa's resistance to incorporating low-income preference into its admissions, but...
If "low-income preference" is a civil rights issue, then why would Martinez hold redress to a socioeconomic inequity hostage to what the Board of Education does or doesn't do?
Unless this is legal advice, it absolutely smells.
True or not, Martinez appears to be dangling the educational options for low-income kids as leverage in HoLa's battle with the Board of Education.
GA would caution Martinez from making reckless statements during litigation which will come back to bite her in the cuelo.