"Hoboken High School enrollment has gone from 575 students in 2009 to 347 in 2015"
In fact, these opponents of Reform paint a dark picture of Hoboken High School. A favorite Dark Side mantra is the alleged precipitous decline in enrollment since Reform took control of the district in 2009.
Is it true?
The graph below uses enrollment data for Hoboken High School sourced from the NJDOE website (screen-caps of the data are the bottom of the page.)
Yes, there actually is a 23% drop in High School enrollment from the 2008-2009 'Pre- Reform' era, but GA believes it can be largely attributed to the removal of illegal non-resident students enacted after Reform took control of the district.
The Raslowsky-Petrosino regime allowed substantial numbers of non-resident students to remain illegally, on the taxpayers dime. Estimates were that up to 25% of Hoboken students were non-residents illegally attending the Hoboken District.
This was an issue for many Reform activists when the 'Old Guard' was in control of the district.
Here's what one wrote in a letter to the Hoboken Reporter on February 5, 2008. It was captioned, "Looking the other way on illegal students"
"In my daughter's second-grade class at Wallace last year, seven of the 16 students did not live here… I became aware of this issue when my children were enrolled in Wallace. My son's kindergarten graduation party was at a classmate's home in Secaucus. On field trips, kids pointed out their hometowns or the routes they drove to get to school. Teachers gave up on asking the kids to memorize home addresses because too many got their real and phony ones mixed up.
…I suspect that this studied indifference here has to do with boosting the numbers so there are more administrative and support jobs to hand out to family and friends."
Once Maureen was elected on the Kids First slate, Reform made residency enforcement a priority. Sources tell GA a substantial number of non-resident students attending Hoboken Schools illegally have been sent back to their home districts. Anecdotally, as a public school parent, I witnessed this myself.
With the influx of students at the early grades, the impact of removing the non-resident population would be felt at the upper grades. That is not speculation, it's in the numbers. Jersey City, Union City, and other municipalities' residents have been sent back,, and the work to identify non-resident students here illegally is ongoing.
The persons backing Parents United did NOTHING to enforce residency and protect the taxpayer. So...
Are you ready for Petrosino's crapademic graph showing 2007-2015 enrollment that he published on his farkakt blog?
Petrosino used the correct NJDOE enrollment data for 2007-2008 (601) but after that... fiction.
Hey look, there's that "347" alleged HHS enrollment number that Parents United quoted at the debate! ANd can you believe...
Dr. Petrosino's graph shows a 42% drop in HHS enrollment from 2008- 2015!
Now that's the precipitous drop in HHS enrollment that Parents United was talking about...
...only it's not true.
Why, oh why does the former Hoboken Assistant Superintendent Petrosino propagate lies to harm the Hoboken School District ?
I guess so.
Now you can see the actual NJDOE enrollment data before it got mangled by the Texas Truth-Twister "Dr." Anthony Petrosino.
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