The bile in "Dr." Anthony Petrosino that lay dormant for several weeks has exploded with ugliness and cruelty.
Some weeks ago, it appears HoLa's Administrators had told him to lay off the vile blog-attacks on the Hoboken District until after the Appellate hearing.
The "Dr." obeyed. His blog went quiet. For weeks he only posted braggadocio about his Academic accomplishments... enough to convince us that the "Dr." knows how to analyze data.
Which is why his latest cyber-excretion, "No Difference in Special Education Enrollment in Hoboken, NJ Among Traditional Public and Public Charter Schools" is truly disgusting.
This cyber-turd is disinformation with a capital "D.
The QUACKademic ignores that there is a whole spectrum of classifications for Special Education kids- instead he treats these very special individuals like undifferentiated "units" to embellish his crappy, homemade graph. The Hackademic's trick-graph shows the big bar that says 'District" and the big bar that says "Charter" are almost the same height! He uses visual trickery to create a false equivalency: that District and Charters have the "NO DIFFERENCE" in special education enrollment.
It is false.
It is immoral.
Special Ed children are not numbers, Petrosino.
Of course the enrollment is different. If the QUACKademic really wants to do an "apples to apples" comparison of Special Education enrollment between districts, then do it with the NJDOE classification a.k.a. diagnosis.
The 'Dr." does not want to tell you how the Hoboken District Special Education enrollment includes the full spectrum of classifications that the Charters, by law, do not have to accept. The law is written to allow for charters to serve the children who can function within their programs, if such children cannot function within those parameters, they remand them to the traditional school district.
A former Special Education teacher told GA, ""SLD" (Specific Learning Disabilities) and "SLI" (Speech Language Impairment) are the mildest handicapped population. They generally have average IQs but have a deficiency in one or more areas of either language arts or math. Recommendations for such children can be as slight as redirection from the teacher, teacher writes homework down, resource room services, to a self contained classroom."
"The other classifications are generally more intense and many if not most times, require self contained classrooms- which max out at 12:1 teaching staff and for Autism and Multiply Disabled populations. Class size recommendations can be as small as 6:1 with an aide for each student. Some require outside placement which generally costs from $60k- $125k per student depending on IEP, etc."
In contrast to the QUACKademic's homemade joke-bar graph lumping special ed kids like baskets of fruit, GA has the NJDOE data. That tells the story.
This is the most current NJDOE data (2014-2015) showing disability and placement for the Hoboken District school and all 3 charters.
Clearly, the respective district populations are not "apples to apples".
In 2014-2015, the Hoboken district enrolled Special Education students in the following Groups: Autism (AUT), Emotional disturbance (EMN), Mental retardation (MR), Other health impairments or "chronically ill" (OHI), Specific learning disabilities (SLD) Speech language impairments (SLI).
- 11 students spent 40%-70% of the day in class,
- 27 students spent less than 40% of the day in class,
- 13 went to separate schools.
That same year, the Charter Special Education enrollments were as follows:
Hoboken Charter: OHI, SLI and SLD groups for a total of 36
Elysian: SLD Group for a total of 23
HoLa: SLD Group for a total of 11
- All students spent 80-100% of the day in class
We learned what many of us already knew: the Hoboken District educates the full spectrum of Special Education kids. From the mildest to the most intensive to educate.
The Charters do not; they educate a portion of the spectrum. The least intensive, least expensive to educate.
So why is an alleged Academic, "Dr." Petrosino fudging data to create a false narrative that traditional district and the Charters have "no difference" in the Special Education enrollment they educate?
Because he's a mean-spirited, dishonest CREEP.