Who let the sunshine in?
It seems to have disinfected an auditorium.
Last night, the Hoboken District School Board met for the first time since February 9, 2016, when 3 of its Board members schemed in secret with out-of district administrators to spring a "live" motion on their Board colleagues.
The 3 scheming Board members were: Peter Biancamano, Britney Montgomery and John Madigan; all are political allies of Anthony "Stick" Romano, Mike Russo and former-Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia.
The "live" motion was orchestrated to force a vote without discussion on the matter of withdrawing the District's appeal against the NJ-DoE/ HoLa. In the audience to witness the vote were HoLa administrators, Board Trustees, and PTO members. One HoLa Trustee is Peter Biancamano's municipal campaign account Treasurer; the account still carries a balance.
Once again: Why is Hoboken District Trustee Peter Biancamano orchestrating a live motion which calls to defund his District and benefit the district of his political campaign Treasurer?
I don't know, do you?
So, what else have we learned since last month's BoE meeting?
(1) That the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Education Law Center (ELC) have entered the appeal as amici curiae on the side of the Hoboken District School Board, have submitted a brief, and will be joining in oral argument before the Court. GA published the ALCU-ELC amicus brief.
(2) One of America's most respected voices in public education- scholar, historian, author and former Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education Diane Ravitch, backs the Hoboken District.
On February 28, Diane Ravitch 's blog posted a letter by Kids First Founder, Theresa Minutillo:
So... that's a lot of sunlight.
Sunlight on the scheming machinations of Romano's political faction on the Hoboken school board...
Sunlight on the fiduciary relationship between a District Trustee's political campaign and an HoLa Trustee which should conflict him from voting on HoLa matters before the board,..
Sunlight on powerful allies in civil rights, education law and public education behind the District, supporting the appeal, making arguments which undermine the relentless attacks against the Board members and actions of the District....
What happened after the sun came out?
Like I said, it seems to have disinfected an auditorium.