Hoboken school board majority expected to oppose expansion of dual-language charter school
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HOBOKEN – The majority of the Hoboken Board of Education may vote on Tuesday to advocate against the expansion of the HoLa Hoboken Dual-Language Charter School through eighth grade, due to concerns that it will be “counterproductive to district’s goal of strengthening and improving middle level education for the majority of public school students in Hoboken.” The item is on the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting.

HoLa applied to the New Jersey Dept. of Education for the expansion in October.

HoLa, which opened four years ago, currently serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade, with a plan to expand to sixth grade next year. The school answers academically and financially to Trenton, but anyone in the community, such as the Board of Education, has the right to weigh in on the issue by sending a letter to Trenton.

According to the agenda item, the district’s superintendent, Mark Toback, has drafted a letter advocating against the expansion. Tuesday night’s vote will determine whether the letter is sent.

The meeting will take place in the board’s meeting room, located at 1115 Clinton St. (in the basement of Wallace Elementary School). For more information, watch hudsonreporter.com. To weigh in, comment below or email editorial@hudsonreporter.com.

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recallbethmason
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November 12, 2013
the point that i was trying to make, is some people have already tried to make this a political issue with their postings on facebook...i also support charter schools but the superintendent makes some very interesting points in his letter...that is all.
kidsnotpolitics
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November 12, 2013
I don't know about that. You mentioned one name when there are hundreds of people who believe in HoLa who aren't politicians on the dark, bright, green blue or other side. To characterize us in that way is unfair and I have seen it done before, maybe something I have to learn to get used to as part of Hoboken. Yes I am sure as with any issue there are people using this for politica purposes but they are also letting people know this issue will be decided so at least the word got out no matter from who. If not for them, who would speak out? Would you? I didn't even hear about this important issue until someone told me about it this morning when dropping off my daughter and then saw it here. Maybe it is time to stop dividing.

kidsnotpolitics
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November 12, 2013
But again I am curious to hear your idea for compromise. If you are taken at your word and not just further trying to stir up politics.
kidsnotpolitics
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November 12, 2013
After learning more about this issue this morning I feel that it should not be about politics. I don't care who is with who's side or who is trying to increase awareness, we should all be able to know all the details about this issue and weigh in. I see political names being mentioned in your post, let's stick to the issues and not make it about politics like everything else. You mentioned compromise, I do not see either side talking about compromise and really you are right, they should. So what kinds of compromise would you suggest?

I will go to the link you suggest but this is not an issue where one politic side is all on one side and one is on the other, if you make it seem that way then it does a disservice to the children and families involved
recallbethmason
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November 12, 2013
not sure why the hoboken reporter wouldn't provide a copy of the letter written by Toback being that hoboken bloggers have the letter on their website (hobokenhorse.com)...the letter is a very interesting read. It sounds like from the letter that the hoboken school district is in a very tough bind and we as parents really need to try and work together and not let the so called dark side forces (russo family, et al) make this issue a political issue. it does not sound like there is a good answer to this situation so everyone is going to need to compromise on both sides so we do what is best for the children.
truthmeter
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November 12, 2013
I'm not sure what you are referring to when you say we shouldn't let the "dark side" make this a political issue. The position expressed by Superintendent Toback, which he makes clear in his letter is opposition to all charter schools, is an extremely controversial one that an awful lot of Hobokenites strongly disagree with.

This is not a "dark side" vs "good guys" issue. This is a fundamental issue of public policy that deserves, in fact requires, an honest public debate not a circling of the political wagons with debate stifled by attributing it to "dark side forces."