|Pants on Fire|
GA obtained copies of the June 3, 2015 letter brief to the NJ Department of Education filed by HoLa attorneys in opposition of the BoE's Motion to Stay. Attached to the brief was a certification by HoLa's Executive Director, Jennifer Sargent.
My hair caught fire a few times as I read Sargent's sworn statement.
The main argument seems to be that the Hoboken District Junior/Senior High School is an unpalatable choice for HoLa 7th and 8th graders. Sargent claims repeatedly it has "among the highest rates of violence and vandalism in the state."
No, it doesn't.
Full reports for violence/vandalism in NJ schools (1999-2014) are online at: http://www.state.nj.us/education/schools/vandv/ See below Appendix D for 2013-2014, district totals of incidents by County.
Are we clear that Hoboken district is NOT one of the "most violent" in New Jersey?
Are we clear that the Hoboken district does NOT have "the highest rates of vandalism" in New Jersey?
Are we clear that lies perpetuated about the Hoboken district are... lies?
And ones that do great damage to the morale of teachers and district students.
Yes, our kids hear adults repeat this crap, and it affects their self-esteem. It is awful.
Then of course the lies spread like a contagion, and a whole community feels their only recourse is to flee to the burbs.