In response to Anonymous at 12:38 PM below, who wrote:
"The demographic differences [between HoLa and the Hoboken district] are minimal, if any, as has been shown again and again."Um, ... false. See below, from the 2014-2015 NJ-DOE School Performance Report:
There is nothing "minimal" about the demographic differences between the two student populations.
GA would be curious to read HoLa's Charter Application, if anyone has it.
I ask because the school was proposed (as I recall) as having a 50% native Spanish speaking population and a 50% English speaking population. In fact, only 5.5% of their student body speaks Spanish at home (same as District schools), and the majority are white and affluent.
And HoLa has no English language learners. Nada.
Hence I am curious if the school applied as a white majority, affluent school where 5.5% of the student body spoke Spanish at home, or if it just ended up that way. Why isn't the school recruiting more Spanish language speakers for the true immersion experience?
GA was delighted to see The Hoboken Reporter publish the good news that I've been posting for weeks- remember:
|Published on October 30, 2016|
As you can see, the Hoboken District scores have been steadily rising since the "bottom" in 2008, the first year QSACs were given.
In 2008, under the guidance of HoLa Board member /former District Assistant Superintendent Anthony Petrosino, the district scored an abysmal 34% in Instruction and Programming (now 76%), a miserable 41% in Fiscal Management (now 95%), a sad 83% in Operations (now 100%), a lackluster 80% in Personnel (now 90%) and a pathetic 33% in Governance (now 100%).
Since 2009, progressive parents of the Hoboken District Reform movement have fought hard to 'take back' our District Schools. The pocket-liners and double-dippers have been replaced with honest, competent Board members, who've hired excellent leaders like Superintendent Christine Johnson, brought innovative programs. Reform management is attracting the next generation of parents to stay in district schools.
And, the Nov. 8 election was a referendum on Reform management of the Hoboken District; would voters choose to "keep the progress going"or go back to the way things were; Parents United backers were former "Dark Side" BoE members. Voters were pounded with relentless negative messaging about Hoboken schools from the Parents United campaign.
GA is grateful that the voters rejected the negativity and stayed the course.
And, for those who follow Hoboken school politics, the apparent "Ground Zero" of negative messaging flows from the website of an HoLa Board Trustee.
GA is not talking about the wonderful parents, and children of HoLa.
HoLa's administration has allowed a representative of their school to disparage Hoboken District schools for years on his "education blog'- long before the school expansion These attacks are very personal to the teachers, children and staff of Hoboken District schools. The failure of HoLa administrators to DENOUNCE the attacks, to DISASSOCIATE themselves from him, can only be interpreted as an endorsement of his views.
In fact, the negative campaign backfired badly. Voters rejected the messaging, the lies.
The most insidious of the Hola Trustee's attacks the one that continues to this day- is the attack on district test performance while ignoring obvious demographic differences between Hoboken district and his own. More on that later.
GA is delighted that our local media is reporting the advances our schools are making.
How much further we can all go if our community-at-large supports our district schools and acknowledges good works, and progress.
Thank you, Board members and Superintendent Johnson.