Friday, February 17, 2017

In Memory of Helen



Longtime Hoboken activist Helen Hirsch quietly slipped into the night last week, I am told.

Here is a clip of Helen as I remember her, up at the mic in front of the City Council, speaking her mind.

This clip (thanks to Eric Kurta) is from the City Council meeting of June 1, 2008, where Helen speaks in favor of a resolution to acquire Block 11 for park space and an ordinance to establish open space zoning.  

R.I.P., Helen Hirsch.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Optics, Schmoptics?


GA tuned into last night's meeting in the midst of some (unusual) discord on the Council dais.

Unusual because the debate didn't split along the usual partisan lines, but on differences in governing philosophy- differences within the 6-member Reform faction.  In a nutshell, the issue was whether to vote on a Resolution authorizing a $360,000 grant to pay for secure doors on unsecured HHA buildings, or wait to resolve the question of how the grant would be funded.
Resolution "...it has been demonstrated that due to age, the doors at the residential buildings of the HHA pose a significant safety concern to residents; and...  it is estimated by the Executive Director of the HHA that the cost to replace the doors is approximately $360,000; and... the HHA Executive Director and the Hoboken Chief of Police determined replacing the doors is an urgent public safety issue given the age of the doors; and,  ...residents in the HHA have expressed concerns regarding public safety relating to the doors to the HHA and the City; and... the City and its elected officials have an obligation to take all necessary measures to protect the health and safety of all residents of Hoboken; and,... a grant for the door replacement in the HHA allocated from this capital fund would not cause an increase in municipal taxes..."

ALL agreed that the City would find the funding for secure HHA doors; the disagreement was whether or not to VOTE to on the resolution to approve the grant prior to resolving how it would be funded.

And that's where the term "optics" entered the debate and threw kerosene on inflamed tempers;  when one councilperson suggested that the "optics" of pulling the Resolution would be bad and send the wrong message, another councilman attacked any decision based on "optics" would be "political."

What to do?  

Vote and ask questions later?  Or put the brakes on until the funding option is selected?

Well, sometimes "optics" matter.

Imagine: the lock on your Hoboken home's front door is broken, and has been for years.

Imagine: your broken front door attracts people from Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City who find criminal opportunity in your broken front door.

Imagine: every front door on your street has a broken front door, and one of your neighbors has been murdered.

Imagine: you depend upon others to fix your front door lock.

If you had to live this way, would you understand the anxiety HHA residents have for themselves and their children?   Imagine the despair, the feeling that you do not matter  to the institutions that have the power to help you.  In this case the optics of "waiting" vs. "acting" mattered on a psychological and spiritual level.   Putting off the vote would have been a blow to residents living in sub-standard conditions and would only have validated the belief that nobody cares.

So... GA thanks the Council for voting and passing the Resolution last night!  Hooray!

Wonderful things come out of vigorous, public debate, and public input.  

There was one unfortunate moment in an otherwise civil debate;  Councilman DeFusco suggested that Councilman Bhalla sponsored the Resolution because his At-Large election is looming.

That kind of gratuitous, partisan jab reminded GA of the Bad Old Days of partisan infighting on the City Council. It's unbecoming of Mike, and I hope he thinks twice before questioning a colleague's motives on legislation during a public meeting.  Save that for the campaign.

GA Note:  Thank you, Councilman Bhalla for responding immediately to the hospitalized HHA resident who asked for your help on Tuesday afternoon.  You made a difference.

And, my sincere condolences to the Russo family on the loss of their matriarch, Michele Russo.

Condolences to the Russo Family

Former Mayor Anthony Russo and Michele Russo

Sincere condolences to the Russo family on the passing of  wife and matriarch, Michele Russo.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

4-acre pop-up park design approval TONIGHT!

click plan to enlarge 


Coming soon to our Mile Square: a temporary "pop-up park" on the 6.1 acre BASF site- and a temporary parking lot!

The proposed park and lot design (above) will be presented at tonight's City Council meeting, to be followed by a vote on the Resolution approving the design.

This one seems like a no-brainer, folks.

60% of the park features proposed are "re-usable" to minimize cost and suggested funding sources include temporary lot parking fees, municipal Open Space Trust Fund, sponsorships and/or donations.  The park surface will be the new asphalt cap after the 6.1 acre site was remediated.

The pop-up park proposed amenities are detailed in the City's memo:





RESOLUTION


The temporary park will be used for 2-3 years until it is replaced by the permanent resiliency park. 

Hooray!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Not this one, this one:



HOBOKEN, Valentine's Day-  Today reports of a direct mail-massacre are coming in from residents all over Hoboken, NJ.

The massacre appears to have affected all six wards of the Mile-Square city.

Mailboxes through-out the city have complained that the 6 x 9-inch, two-sided cards are clogging them up so that residents' Valentine cards cannot fit.   One mailbox moaned, "Its not even election time... why oh why?"

The direct-mail is two-sided, covered with hearts, a quote from Maya Angelou and "Romano2017."  The mail provides numerous ways to contact Ms. Angelou:  email, Facebook, Twitter, a website and Instagram.

If you are a victim of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, a survivors group will be holding a Meet-up soon at a Hoboken bar near you.

Victims, send your photos to GA at grafixavenger666@gmail.com






Monday, February 13, 2017

"Nominate perry b!"

left: Perry Belfiore v City of Hoboken, The City Council, et. al, top right: Councilwoman Beth Mason and her attorney, Steve Kleinman leaving hearing  for Mason's criminal complaint against MSV',  bottom right: Hoboken City Council members who are being sued by Perry Belfiore

GA is a lay-person, so not sure what this all means, but... follow this.

A former Hoboken Corporation Counsel served the City from 2007-2009, then in 2010 joined the private practice of Greg Paster, Esq.

Emails produced in Bajardi v Pincus show that a relationship between former the Corporation Counsel and Councilwoman Beth Mason continued after he left the public sector.

The Bajardi emails show Hoboken's former Corporation Counsel provided legal services for Beth Mason, which included aiding her various political operations against Reform candidates and elected Reform officials.  The Bajardi emails show that Mason's point-of-contact for the legal work was her  paid political operative, James Barracato. 

The following 7 emails illustrate the nature of the legal work performed at the request of Councilwoman Beth Mason's cabal:

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Bajardi v Pincus email exhibit

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Bajardi v Pincus email exhibit

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Bajardi v Pincus email exhibit

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Bajardi v Pincus email exhibit

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Bajardi v Pincus email exhibit

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Bajardi v Pincus email exhibit

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READ FROM BOTTOM UP

Bajardi v Pincus email exhibit
"nominate perry b!"

Funny that should come up...   because Perry B is Hoboken's newest litigant in our ever-changing landscape of politically-motivated litigation.

Welcome, perry b! 

A word of advice to "perry b": you may want to speak to a certain notorious Hoboken Plaintiff- a huge L-O-S-E-R, in fact.... someone so narcissistic that he could not imagine his courtroom antics would sour and eat him whole.   This miserable LOSER might tell you that things in the rear view mirror are much closer than they seem. Hey, if things don't work out, you get to keep your hair.

Well, back to my original point...

GA was so surprised to discover that Hoboken's Former Corporation Counsel is the "trial attorney" in Plaintiff Perry Belfiore's "First Amendment" civil complaint against the Defendants which include Councilwoman Beth Mason!  

 Wow!

Remember who gets hurt when politically-motivated lawsuits are filed against the City of Hoboken: the Hoboken Taxpayer.
 
Belfiore v The City of Hoboken, The Hoboken City Council, et. al,

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Disinformation on "White Flight" from GUESS-WHO?

HoLa Trustee  Anthony Petrosino is at it again!


Folks, I don't know what to tell you.

GA tries to ignore HoLa Trustee Petrosino's obsessive disinformation campaign against the Hoboken District school system, but lately, he's been on a disinformation rampage- rat a tat tat -  one after the other.

Methinks the Texas Truth-Twister has picked up the pace for the March 14 Appellate hearing, hoping that the judges will read his tired turd-blossoms.

(Actually, no one does.... GA couldn't help but notice that his hit count has barely risen since last month...  that Texan's Toilet barely gets 200 page views per day!  After 10 years online... Mwahahahaha!)

But you know, the problem for the devious doc is that he lies so outrageously, so often, that his lies trip him up.

District poverty is going up! District poverty is going down!  Non-poverty families are leaving the District! Non-poverty families are increasing in the District!   Families are going! Families are staying!  

  Crapademic Anthony Petrosino buries self in manufactured crapademic avalanche- see GRAPHS. 

Since this HoLa Trustee's obsession appears to be with the phenomenon of "white flight" in Hoboken District Schools, shall we take a look at "flight" of students from the HoLa District?



Check out that "White Flight"!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Earwitness News: Police summoned to Shop of Horrors?



This arrived yesterday from an Earwitness:
So today, Mason, as she often does, and as if she's still in office, attracted snow-shovelers to clear snow from the homes of senior citizens and businesses who reach out to her.  The pay was low, and they were fed McDonald's while inside the Little Shop of Horrors, but the noise from the place and people on the street who showed up, meant that on this sleepy snow day police had to be summoned. Twice. One neighbor said he was afraid to pass with a stroller and was "disgusted" by the behavior he was subjected to.   Someone I know participated (he's desperate for cash) and said "I'm totally f*cking shocked right now... you know I do not get shocked easily". He was surprised that everyone was disrespecting the Shop of Horrors, loud music was blasting, everyone was spilling outside onto the street, not allowing people to pass.  This person is no altar boy, so if he was shocked, that's saying something. The cops were mellow about it but they had to come twice.  It sounds to me like the noise and behavior were the problems in equal measure.  A local window washer distributed the shovels. Crap from McDonald's was ordered inside. Not too many calls for snow removal, so a lot of mingling around outside and before too long police were called.  
Doesn't the HPD have better things to do than babysit the taxpayer-funded Shop of Horrors? 

GA hopes that the Shop of Horrors' next good-Samaritan endeavor does allegedly not require police control. nor allegedly disturb the neighbors.   Who was allegedly supervising?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"Don't forget MEEE!"

click to read full article

Well!

24 hours after the Observer.com  published "Sources: Former Ally Poised to Challenge Mayor Zimmer in Hoboken,"  Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano chimed in with:  "I am weighing my options (for a Hoboken mayoral run)."

GA thinks Romano meant to say: "I am weighing my options to see if Zimmer runs a Freeholder candidate against me..."

One imagines that his campaign manager, Pablo Fonseca wants to keep his candidate relevant in Hoboken mayoral politics, create buzz, and perhaps send a message (or two).

One message might be to potential DeFusco donors: "not yet."

Stick's  public flirtation with a mayoral run could impact DeFusco's ability to raise money; it's likely two Zimmer opponents are competing for the same donors.  

Another message might be that Romano has the power help/hurt Zimmer in case Defusco does run;   he could throw in and split the OG vote like Tim Occhipinti did in 2013 or sit it out.

What about DeFusco?
Well, GA thought yesterday's Observer article that Mike was "prepping for a campaign" was interesting.  Not the "prepping" part, because that rumor's been out there for awhile.... and a rumor leaked by unnamed sources online doesn't elevate it above a rumor.

The fact that no one would go on the record on the "prepping for a campaign" stuff is the interesting part.  To me!

GA wanted to know if that was a sanctioned or unsanctioned leak.  So I asked a source close to the DeFusco campaign who told me that DeFusco did not sanction that leak, providing neither  confirmation nor denial of its truth.

That be the case,  GA is going to give Mike, whom I personally like, some unsolicited advice.

Find out who leaked to the press and get rid of them.  That person did you no favors.  If/when you do announce, it should come from you and not some anonymous, blabbering idiot. It's my POV that leaky anonymous operatives speaking for the candidate or the campaign make the candidate look weak, indecisive and the campaign look disorganized. Some might even question the motives of the leaker, and the info- is it reliable?  Is it malicious?  Was the leaker for real or just some wannabe player or doofus or troublemaker?

Hey, it's not that complicated.  Let folks hear you at a time and place of your choosing. My two cents.

From the Mouth of Bah-ler
GA  had asked Councilman Ravi Bhalla the other night what he thought of the dueling fundraising events (his and Mike's) on the same night.  

The unflappable Bhalla called it an "inadvertent scheduling overlap," was gracious- no stream of epithets or foot-stomping.  Talk about mellow...  the guy has sat for 8 years listening to Jimmy Farina mangle his last name- "Bah-ler" and taken it like a champ.

Then Ravi added (I had him repeat and took notes): "I’m grateful that Councilman DeFusco has repeatedly expressed to me in the past that he is fully supportive of my re-election and supporting the Mayor last year, and similarly, I’m looking forward to supporting him in his re-election in 2019."

Gotta love Hoboken politics!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Tale of 2 Fundraisers- UPDATED

Update-
A couple more folks who were at Ravi's event last night were: Gary Hindes, a close friend and advisor to former Vice President Joseph Biden, Frank Giantomasi, former Essex County Counsel, Steve Wielkotz – the auditor who worked with the late Nj State Fiscal Monitor Judy Tripodi to straighten out Hoboken's finances, Retired Superior Court Judge Donald Venezia, Current and former BA’s Stephen Marks and Quentin Wiest and Rudy Andrade from CarePoint.

Muckity-mucks are always nice to have, but GA was most pleased by the large turnout of Hoboken residents.

Both fundraisers, Ravi's and Mike's, got a good turnout of our Hoboken neighbors.
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Update-
GA heard that I missed some VIPs at Mike DeFusco's kicking event: "two state assembly people, the Mayor, Bernie Kenny, Cheryl Fallick, Hovie Foreman, Phil Cohen, Antonio Grana, LGBTQ leaders, young Dems..."

There you go!

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Thank you Horsey, for providing the pics from Mike's event last night; GA had planned to drop by.

Oh well!

GA hears it was a diverse crowd; some older folks, some younger folks and  a bounty of Hoboken politicos: 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos, Former NHSA Commissioner Tony Soares, former HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia, former NHSA Commissioner Frank Raia,  Patty Waiters, Freeholder Anthony Romano, some drop-ins from the City Council (Tiffany Fisher),  lots of Academy folks including their VP of Real Estate (who sources say rented Occhipinti his Pet-shop pad), politico Perry Belefiore, Eduardo Gonzales,then a  helping of political operatives  and RE developers including RE developer/Architect Tom Chartier.





GA took these crappy pics during the speeches- as you can see, some folks were dressed to the  nines in their business attire- a lotta testosterone in the room.  GA will update later, as I was unfamiliar with many folks.  I did see many Hoboken friends, including Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, Councilpersons Peter Cunningham and Tiffanie Fisher, Former State Senator Bernie "BK" Kenny and his distinguished partner Ed Florio, ZBA Chairman Jim Aibel, Kurt the Giant-Hearted, Garry Hines Head of Democratic Party, NHSA Commissioner Brian Assadorian, Hovie Forman,  a boatload of 2nd and 5th Ward neighbors.




GA will add more later- gotta run!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Who do you love?

DOUBLE HEADER: Councilmen Bhalla and DeFusco holding fundraisers at 6PM tonight!


Both?  Neither?

Support your Councilmen!   Really. 

Yes, it costs money.  But, if you're looking for a bargain, it's cheaper to be Ravi's friend ($175) than it is to be Mike's person ($300).  Or do like [redacted] always does: show up late and slip in for free.

It's a coincidence that two Hoboken councilman are fundraising on the same night.

Sources tell GA that Bhalla had planned his event first.  It isn't clear if Mike's people knew- they probably should have.  That's why people have people.  People... who need people...

Well, GA appreciates Mike DeFusco for melting Terry Castellano with a big bucket of water.  It wasn't easy to lift that bucket!  Of course,  influential Reform folks like Mayor Zimmer helped with the lifting.

Speaking of Mayor Zimmer, she is Ravi's "Special Guest".  Will she sing or dance?

GA hears Mike is going to have a surprise guest, but if I tell you then its not a surprise!

1... 2... 3....

"Nancy...what the f*ck are you doing on your site!!!!"



Monday, February 6, 2017

HoLa won't say WHO gets insurance benefits, citing "privacy laws"



Ever hear the one about throwing stones in a glass house?

It goes like this: HoLa ("stakeholder") files an ethics complaint against 3 sitting Hoboken BoE Trustees.  That opens up scrutiny of HoLa's administration and Board.

Uh-oh!

After all, it's only fair to question HoLa's moral authority to file "ethics" charges against the BoE, right?

It's also fair to scrutinize claims the charter "operates on half... the Hoboken district operates on" at the same time they hide their taxpayer-funded budgets, costs and expenditures.
 "All around, we have a very successful public school—that operates on half of the per-pupil taxpayer funding that the Hoboken district operates on."
-HoLa Board President, Barbara Martinez-
The more we peek behind the curtain, the curiouser it gets- see above letter response to a District "stakeholder's" OPRA.

Who's insured and who's not? 
An OPRA request from HoLa for a breakdown of costs for health insurance returned these "estimated" yearly premiums:    

    • Medical: $89,008.32
    • Dental: $27, 600

That totals $116,608.32 in "estimated" health insurance premiums for at least 15 classroom teachers,  10 administrators, 5 specials teachers (Art, Music, Gym, Health & Fitness, STEM) and unknown additional support staff.  

That seems awfully low doesn't it?

 A former NJ public school teacher told me that average health premiums cost a district anywhere from $25K to $40K per person.

If 30 HoLa employees are getting health benefits, that would amount to $4K per person.  That's incredibly cheap, by any measure.  Impossibly cheap?

So then, who is insured, and who is not?

The school denied the OPRA request for that information "on advice of our legal counsel we cannot provide the names of employees who participate in health plans due to privacy laws."

Um, baloney.  Public sector employees who collect taxpayer-funded health benefits is not privileged information.

source: 2015 Taxpayer's Guide to Education Spending- HoLa Dual Language Charter School 

So, what exactly is going on?

Why deny access to public information?  The OPRA already provided requested administrators' salaries and benefits, yet full disclosure of insured violates "privacy laws?"

It doesn't make sense. Or does it? 

Anthony Petrosino deposition in Petrosino v Board of Education- he LOST, the BoE WON its counterclaim



Friday, February 3, 2017

HoLa reports low teacher retention rate

HoLa's Executive Director Sargent pays herself a six-figure salary + bennies

This one is curious.

Why does a school viewed as successful, whose students perform well have a such a low teacher retention rate?

Employees- especially teachers, who are happy, well-treated and well-compensated tend to stay in their jobs.   GA says "especially" teachers, because we all can agree one doesn't get rich in a classroom; teaching is a calling, a labor of love.   My mother taught in a NYC public school for 35 years before she retired.

So why did 5 out of 30 teachers leave the expanding HoLa Dual Language School after the 2013-2014 academic year?  That is an 83% retention rate.

Comparatively, Elysian Charter reported a 96% teacher retention rate.





According to 2015 Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending, the year that 5 teachers decided to leave HoLa, 2013-2014, they paid their teachers a median salary of $26,790.

That year, teachers at Elysian Charter were paid a median salary of $71,902.


2015 Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending- HoLa Dual Language


It's management's job to incentivize staff, to hold onto them- especially teachers.

Advice to HoLa's Board: before you try to undermine the Hoboken School Board,  sponsor frivolous ethics complaints, and spend time attacking our district, why don't you clean up the mess in your own backyard?

Maybe you can be better stewards of your funds so you can pay your teachers what they deserve?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

HoLa's 2013 Cost Savings Plan: underpaid teachers, few "classified" students



GA thinks HoLa's families are terrific; it's Board, not so much.  Some HoLa Trustees might even be evil.   One in particular.  Whose name rhymes with Petrosino.

GA's decided not to give that nefarious nitwit and his new online defecation the attention he craves.

Instead, for my own edification (and yours) I will investigate an oft-repeated comment that sounds (to my ears) like this:
"HoLa is Numero Uno and we do it for half-price!"



While GA disputes the above comment, I am  more interested in the "half-price" part, or as the commenter put it:  " it does all this at less than half the cost of traditional Hoboken Public Schools!"

Which is true, by the way.

But why?  Where are does (the District)  spend MORE, where do they (HoLa) spend LESS?

The truth is very hard to get at when HoLa won't post its budgets nor its spending online. The District does.

Sure, one can file an OPRA request.  But isn't there a publicly available apples-to-apples comparison of costs/spending between the Hoboken district and HoLa?

YES!

It's called the  "Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending " and its on the NJ Department of Education website.  In fact, there is a "taxpayer's guide" for every district, public and charter, in New Jersey.

So, using the  "Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending "  GA was able to compare, quite easily, cost line items for both districts.  The most "taxpayer's guide"  for "actual" (not proposed) data is 2012-2013.  So, here were the actual per-pupil costs:
2012-13 Actual Costs Amount per Pupil: $22,832 (district)
2012-13 Actual Costs Amount per Pupil: $10,955 (HoLa) 
Why the cost disparity between the 2 districts?

The answer is in the data. 

While there were categories of 'smaller' disparity, such as "extracurricular cost per-pupil" (District: $653, HoLa: 0),  the bulk of the per-pupil cost disparity appeared to come from three areas:

  • % of "classified" students, 
  • support services and 
  • instructional costs.   
Simply put,  District Schools shoulder a disproportionate number and degree of "classified" students and provide many more supplemental ("support") services.  HoLa's "Instructional costs" are much lower, but a major factor appears to be under-paying their teachers.  
Teacher Salary (2012-13): $77,522   (Public)
Teacher Salary (2012-13): $25,000   (HoLa*)
*Note, in 2013 the state Board of Education ruled that Charters can hire 'second career' teachers (they require no license, degree or experience in education) and train them on the job; they simply need to file for a charter license.  
Interestingly, HoLa administrators made almost 4x a teacher's median salary in 2012-2013.
Administrator Salary : $129,196   (Public)
Administrator Salary : $96,454     (HoLa)
The details are below...  and you know that's where the devil hides. 



DETAILS
Cost comparison: Hoboken District and HoLa
 2012-2013

1) "Classified" Students:
10/15/12 % of Classified Students to Total Students: 10.6%
10/15/12 % of Classified Students to Total Students: 1.4%
"Classified" students cover the gamut from the mainstreamed (placed in mainstream classrooms), to self-contained classes, to severely disabled and/or requiring to be sent out-of-district.   Hoboken district is responsible for all costs associated with educating classified students. In 2013, NJDOE special education data  reports that the Hoboken district had 260 "classified" students.    A breakdown by placement done by NJDOE Office of Special Education Programs shows that 204 students required placement out of mainstream classrooms. it also shows that
the districts are not "sharing" equal proportions of the most challenged and costly to educate classified students.  Of all the publicly-funded districts, the district that "shared" the least percentage of classified students was HoLa.  



The impact on the District's per-pupil costs of educated this spectrum of classified students cannot be understated. The Hoboken district cannot say "No." 

2) Total Support Services 
Per Pupil Amount (2012-13 actual costs): $5,078 (District)
Per Pupil Amount (2012-13 actual costs): $0  (HoLa)
"Support services" as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)  are services supplemental to the teaching process that are designed to assess and improve students' well-being.  They include:
  • Attendance, social work, health and guidance services, educational media/school library services 
  • Child study team services.
  • Costs associated with physical and mental health services that are not direct instruction, but are nevertheless provided to students, such as supervision of health services, health appraisal (including screening for vision, communicable diseases, and hearing deficiencies), screening for psychiatric services, periodic health examinations, emergency injury and illness care, dental services, nursing services and communications with parents and medical officials. 
  • Guidance office expenditures for counseling, record maintenance, and placement services.
  •  Costs for the child study team include salaries and benefits for members related to the development and evaluation of student individualized education programs (IEPs).  
In 2013, the district reported a special services expenditure of $5,078, HoLa reported zero.

3)Total Instructional Costs
Per Pupil Amount (2012-13 actual costs): $11,478
Per Pupil Amount (2012-13 actual costs): $6,291*  *HoLa pays teachers 1/3 District salaries
This indicator includes all expenditures associated with direct classroom instruction for both regular and special education pupils educated within the district. It includes
  • salaries and allocated benefits of teachers, substitutes and teachers' aides (other than secretarial and clerical) as well as the additional compensation paid to teachers for services such as hall monitors, detention, and lunchroom aides. 
  • Supplies such as calculators, microscopes, textbooks, tablets, laptops, workbooks, tests, markers, paper, pencils, paints, and other classroom supplies are included.  
  • Filmstrips, periodicals, videos, CDs, and other reference items for specific regular classroom use are also included.   
  • Purchased professional-educational, technical and other services purchased for classroom use, such as amounts paid for occupational, speech, and physical therapy, assembly speakers, and standardized subject exams.   
  • Cost of the rental or lease purchase of equipment for classroom use is included in this indicator as well.  
Beware, when the"devil" cooks this data.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

GA to Council: Slice this Turkey

This turkey needs slicing, legislatively speaking. 

GA can't figure out why 16  state Attorney Generals representing 130 million Americans have united in opposition to Trump's hideous "Muslim/refugee travel ban" but NOT our state Attorney General, Chris Porrino.

What the hell is wrong with you, Chris Porrino?  

Hey, "Porrino" is not native American, it's Italian, which makes you a descendant of immigrants.

This is what Americans at the turn of the 20th century thought about your people, the Italians.



But somehow, your ancestors got in and have made this country better and stronger.

So tonight, then Hoboken City Council is going to ASK you to join the 16 Attorney Generals from  California, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Virginia, Vermont, Oregon, Connecticut, New Mexico, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Illinois and the District of Columbia who have condemned Trump's thinly-disguised Muslim ban.

Tonight on the agenda is a Resolution sponsored by the Councilman who adorned the cover of yesterday's Bergen Record:


Look!  It's Hoboken Councilman Ravi Bhalla and his lovely wife, Bindya. 

Here is the Resolution:





Look at that Immigrant Party Mix representing all 6 wards of Hoboken and At-Large: Italians, Irish, Portuguese, Latino, Punjabis!   Somehow, we all made it here.

And together, united we will get through this Era of Stupid: 2016-2020.

WH website turned to Weekly Reader

One year ago today...

GA thanks the Wayback Machine for this glimpse of whitehouse.gov before it was scrubbed like a baby's behind and turned into a fascist Weekly Reader. 

You can right-click image to download if you want to see what "Issues" are "missing."

They include, but are not limited to: Ethics, Health Care, Civil Rights, Foreign Policy, Homeland Security, Equal Pay, Environment & Energy, Women,  Climate Change, Taxes, Immigration Action... and on.

 Whitehouse.gov
2016: 29 issues
2017: 8 issues ("America First!")