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Hoboken School District Sues State, City Charter School

District claims the school's charter and expansion approval is 'not valid.'

The Hoboken School District has filed a lawsuit, requesting the new State Department of Education to "reassess" the renewal of a city charter school and its expansion.

The district filed a lawsuit on April 14 against the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) and the state Department of Education, calling the state's approval of the school's charter and expansion "not valid," according to NJ.com.

Hoboken claims the approval should be reversed because the state's Department of Education chief innovation officer made the decision and not the department's commissioner, according to the report.
MadisonMonroe April 21, 2014 at 09:49 PM
Sorry, Mr. Munoz, you can't throw around the phrase "white flight" and then play coy and suggest it's not code for calling people racist. And you surely don't have to worry that the BOE will cut staff or programs - they will merely raise the taxes on us homeowners. Again.
pdq April 21, 2014 at 11:27 PM
2008/09 certificated staff- 250 non-certificated staff-178 total-428 http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/data/cs.pl 2012/13 certificated staff 222 non-certificated staff 156 total - 378 http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/data/cs.pl *certificated staff latest numbers provided on doe website 2012/13 *non cert staff latest numbers provided on doe website 2010/11 Superintendent salary- 2008/09 175k base Superintendent salary-2013/14 157 base Audit 2008/09 http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us/hoboken/BOARD%20OF%20EDUCATION/Financial%20Information/Prior%20Years/Hoboken%20BOE%202009%20Comprehensive%20Annual%20Financial%20Report.pdf 201 http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2013/09/britneys-boe-corruption-starter-kit.html Data on per pupil costs: http://www.edlawcenter.org/research/school-funding-data.html#FWP Stone Harbor 70k pp high Tech-40k pp Bay Head-31k pp Allenhurst-29k pp Asbuty Park-29k pp Beach Haven-27k pp Lavallette- 26k pp Sea Isle city-27k pp Long beach-26k pp Wildwood Crest-26 pp West wildwood-26k pp Alpine 26k pp Sea Girt-26k pp Per pupil expenditures for charter schools in Hoboken range from 13k-18kpp. http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/csg/13/csg.pl All full time employees in both district and charter schools are in the pension program. All charter school employees are covered by NJ civil service laws and rights, receiving the same benefits as all civil service employees. There are 625 hoboken resident students attending Charter schools data about state law school aged demographics: "So what the S-L and Moran are saying is that Hola "matches" the demographics of Hoboken; that only 11 percent of the total aged 5-18 population of the city is living at 185 percent of the poverty line or below (the qualification for FRPL). - See more at: http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2014/02/no-one-does-charter-school-stupid-like.html#sthash.d9Dcwyik.dpuf demographic data info: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8w6D79DFZy_TkhPTlNxbzhuYktPZjFqUVZwZDRDc0dpbnc0/edit?pli=1
franksinatra April 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Chris -- I told you -- I don't have a school. I don't have a connection to either school system. I'm not advocating for either school system and I'm certainly not bashing the public schools. Where did you get that idea from my comment? I happen to think the public schools are better than the charter schools, but I also think that parents should have a choice and the school board should not be wasting our money suing another school in town. That's about as destructive an action for our community as one can imagine. I do have issues with Kids First. I think they've hurt the public schools tremendously since they took over five years ago, especially the high school. You're not going to turn the schools around until this community begins an honest debate over the problems with the schools and why fully one-half of the k-12-age children in this town don't attend the public schools. Hola has a waiting list of 250 kids. The public schools have lost an average of more than 100 students a year in each of the last six years. Remaining in denial is not going to fix these problems. In the end we all want a strong school system, if for no other reason than it boosts property values for those of us who own our homes here and pay the bills for the schools and all the people who work there.
pdq April 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM
http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us/hoboken/BOARD%20OF%20EDUCATION/Financial%20Information/Fiscal%20Year%202012-2013/User%20Friendly%20Budget%202012-2013.htm/_top Public School student enrollment data 07-1865 08-1892 09-2019 10-2033 11-2081 12-2076 650 Hoboken students attend the charter schools.
pdq April 22, 2014 at 11:10 PM
1- charter schools are not going anywhere. 2- if one followed your game where according to you charters ceased to exist and 1/2 would attend the district schools, that half could probably be located in one of the school building which is currently rented out. -3 million a year in admin costs would be wiped away. -To cover 325 students, a maximum of 19 teachers would be hired, likely from the pool of 35 charter school teachers previously employed by the charters (as most charter schools have 2 teachers per class). -All charter employees already get full civil service benefits including full pension and seniority rights so there would be little difference in that cost.

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