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Yesterday we learned some startling news.
America's premier civil liberties organization, the ACLU, and NJ's leading public education rights organization, ELC, (who brought our state the landmark Abbott decision -Hoboken is a beneficiary) have partnered as amicus curiae, for the Hoboken District BoE appeal.
I wish we had this news much sooner, because the ongoing organized PR campaign against the Hoboken District has had some success in shaping public opinion.
GA says, it's one thing to speak softly and carry a big stick, it's another thing to put away your big stick and allow yourself to be beaten black and blue.
In my opinion, that's what's been going on.
Respondent Barbara "losing people like me" Martinez, Respondent Anthony "Curious Gal" Petrosino, BoE Trustees Biancamano-Montgomery-Madigan (their staged "live motion" to withdraw the appeal and use of Roberts Rules to shut down discussion,) Respondent-Trustees who haunt Hoboken School Board meetings, brag about PARCC scores and trash district schools; there is a cumulative effect of the fumes they've blown into the ether.
That's why, in my opinion, it's time to speak softly about the big stick(s).
The ACLU-ELC appearance for the Hoboken School Board is one big stick.
Another big stick ( ironically) comes from the Respondents' amicus brief, written by the NJ Charter School Association (CSA) after the ACLU-ELC stepped in for the Appellants.
It appears the NJ Charter School Association's amicus admits that NJDOE Commissioner Hespe followed the Christie administration's political agenda in making his March 20, 2015 decision. This affirms the BoE's decision to appeal.
It's right there, folks....
GA already posted the conclusion of the School Board's amicus brief, now here's the CSA's :
See what I mean?
That's quite an admission by the NJ Charter School Association about the goals and intent of the Christie administration!
The NJ Charter School Association/Christie administration argues is that redevelopment in Hoboken is "a process of reintegration..."
|NJ Charter School Association Amicus brief- page 27|
GA knows some HoLa families, and they do not fit the cynical Christie- NJ-Charter School Association agenda argued here. They are good and decent folks.
The NJ-CSA arguments are bizarre- and offensive to say the least, but the court of public opinion doesn't get to decide, the Appellate does.
In the meantime, the show must go on...