Before you dig into the briefs, GA would like to clarify the procedural history of this litigation.
I have heard, "why bother the BoE keeps losing..." That is not exactly true.
Yes, the Hoboken District School Board has lost every filing (100%) with Christie administration officials.
But, the Hoboken District has never lost in a court of law.
In short, on August 6, 2014 the Hoboken District filed a Notice of Appeal to the Appellate Division.
But on November 6, 2014, Christie administration officials at the NJDOE requested that the Apellate remand the matter back to them.
On December 2, 2014, the Appellate granted the Christie administration motion and remanded the matter back to them, dismissing the Appeal (before any briefs were filed.)
Just so we're clear and on the same page, this matter has yet to be heard in court.
On September 25, 2015 the Hoboken District School Board filed in Appellate court to reverse the Christie administration's March 20, 2015 decision allowing the renewal and expansion of HoLa Dual Language School.
On November 25, 2015, the America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Education Law Center (ELC) joined the Appellants as Amicus curiae.
ACLU-Education Law Center Amicus curiae
ACLU-ELC Amicus Brief for Hoboken BoE v NJ Department of Education, HoLa School Board Trustees by GrafixAvenger
On January 27, 2016, Respondents HoLa Board Trustees submitted their opposition papers.
On January 28, 2016 The New Jersey Charter School Association (NJCSA) entered as Amicus curiae for Respondents. Respondent Barbara Martinez sits on the Board of the New Jersey Charter School Association.
NJ Charter School Association Amicus curiae
NJ Charter Schools Association Amicus Brief for Respondents NJ Department of Education, HoLa Board Trustee... by GrafixAvenger
On January 29, 2016, Respondent NJ Department of Education submitted their opposition papers.
GA believes that oral argument has not been scheduled.
From my own experience as a Bajardi SLAPP victim, the workings of the Appellate are opaque- at least compared to the trial court where the an online database is accessible to the public.
No such thing at the New Jersey Appellate, folks! So, there you go.
Folks, whatever your opinion of the two arguments, all of the parents- HoLa and Hoboken district- love their children and are acting on their behalf, and in the belief they have made the best choices for them.