Tuesday, March 21, 2017
HoLa oral argument re-scheduled
As some of you know, the Great Blizzard of 2017 (NOT!) caused the re-scheduling of oral argument for Hoboken BoE v NJ DoE/HoLa (SAD!).
Oral argument has been rescheduled for May 2, 2017 in Jersey City, this time... an Uber away!
In fact, this will be the third date set for oral argument; the first was on January 31, postponed to March 14, which was snowed out.
All those delays mean that Hoboken BoE v NJ DoE/HoLa will be argued in a very different environment- with the backdrop of pending draconian cuts to federal funding for public schools.
The Trump budget proposes cutting the U.S. Department of Education by 13% "eliminating funding for teacher training and after-school programs" while redirecting funding for private school vouchers and charters "a historic $1.4 billion federal investment in school choice, including new money for private school vouchers and charter schools, as well as directing $1 billion to follow students to the school of their choice."
This budget may not pass, but Trump's governing philosophy remains hostile to public education. Which means the kids and parents served by Hoboken district public schools can expect a new set of problems.
So... looming federal de-funding of public schools may not be relevant to the determination of Hoboken BoE v NJ DoE/HoLa. It just feels like it is.
With respect to the contested HoLA expansion, it is curious to note the 47% drop-off of enrollment from 6th grade to 7th grade in the 2015-2016 school year- see charts below.