Isn’t it ironic
May 11, 2014 | 1180 views | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

It's ironic that in the same week that Hoboken's highly successful charter school, Hola was selected to be a model school by the State of New Jersey for world languages that the Board of Education filed a lawsuit seeking to cancel the approved expansion allowing HoLa to add 7th and 8th grade classrooms. HoLa's academic success has been well documented. But rather than recognizing the school as a great success story that adds to the Hoboken's appeal, the Board of Education has chosen an unproductive, divisive path.

Why is the Board of Education dragging a small, successful charter school into a lawsuit against the state? If they want to put "Kids First," why are they wasting taxpayer dollars on a lawsuit to limit high quality education in Hoboken?

It's time the Board of Education drop their frivolous lawsuit and put the time, money and effort they are wasting to more productive uses that will benefit all the schools in Hoboken.

Matt Schwartz

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May 11, 2014
Where do I begin? Mr. Schwartz, you're very good at repeating talking points, but would you mind answering some questions? Whatever this award was, wasn't it for a K-5th/6th grade school? I've never heard anyone that opposes the expansion of Hola to 8th grade say 'boo' about the existing grades. Where exactly is the irony that you speak of? You're talking about apples and oranges or, is that the subtle message of your talking point? Are you suggesting that opposing the EXPANSION somehow means shutting down the school? Well, it doesn't. To your suggestion that the BOE is being unproductive, I'd ask you what has Hola done to address the economic and racial disparity between the public district students and Hola? (Hint: Saying that the lottery is open to everyone is NOT addressing this.) Please also answer why the public school students should lose programs so that Hola can add more grades that weren't there when the parents enrolled their children in the school? Why do you think Hoboken's taxpayers should pay more for a school over which they have no oversight, particularly when that additional cost will contribute to a tax increase that they can nary afford? Do you believe in saving taxpayer's money? If so, should the appeal of the expansion be successful so that the taxpayers of Hoboken are not burdened with the cost of the additional grades at Hola, wouldn't you consider that a good thing? Why are you complaining a short-term cost for an appeal that would save the citizens of Hoboken hundreds of thousands in the years ahead? Now THAT is ironic