Cunningham, Zimmer support Kids First

4/10/2008:

I received this letter from 4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer and 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham in regards to their endorsements for the upcoming Board of Education Election.

Cunningham & Zimmer support Kids First

zimmer-cunningham-hoboken-support-kids-first.jpg“Hoboken is filled to the brim with young children, as anybody who has walked through Church Square Park on a Sunday afternoon can attest. Unfortunately, many of those toddlers will leave Hoboken as soon as they are ready to start school. Young families are leaving Hoboken because, rightly or wrongly, they believe that our public schools are not providing our children with the kind of education that every parent wants for their family. Parents with children in the public schools know that our schools are far better than many people realize, but also believe that their children are often shortchanged. Too much money is spent, and too many decisions are made, for reasons other than the best interests of our children. Kids First is working hard to change this, and with a majority on the School Board they will be able to make Hoboken’s school system all about providing quality education for our children, and not about an engine for job creation.

Positive change has already started. Since their election last year, the Kids First team, led by School Board President Theresa Minutillo, has worked hard to move public schools in the right direction. After much acrimonious debate, a policy banning nepotism was passed, helping to ensure that teachers will be hired and promoted based on how well they teach. The problems of declining enrollment and a top-heavy workforce have finally started to be addressed. The new school budget was structured so that almost $1,000,000 can be returned to the classroom, rather than be squandered by excessive administrative expenses. But Kids First does not currently represent a majority on the Board, and, in the minority, could only accomplish so much.

On April 15th, by re-electing Tricia Snyder, and electing Brian Assadourian and Phil Campbell to serve by her side, we can give Kids First the additional votes they need.

Hoboken is a first class city – it deserves a first class school system. Tricia, Brian and Phil are the kind of qualified, committed and concerned residents that we need to give all Hoboken families confidence that the excellence of our schools is our School Board’s only priority.

The quality of our public schools should be one of the reasons why families move to Hoboken, not one of the reasons they leave. With one administrator per four students, and 8 principals for only 5 schools, a lot of work still needs to be done. The task is difficult, but with right people in charge, we can make it happen.

We urge you to elect Tricia Snyder, Brian Assadourian, and Phil Campbell so that Kids First can finish the job they’ve started.

Thanks for listening and make sure to get out there and vote next Tuesday. If you don’t vote then you might have to lose your blogging rights! (Just kidding).

Dawn Zimmer
4th Ward Councilwoman

Peter Cunningham
5th Ward Councilman”

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72 Comments on "Cunningham, Zimmer support Kids First"


Journey
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Journey
8 years 5 months ago

Which schools does Carmelo’s kids attend. Is the one in Catholic school in high school and the others younger?

matt_72
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8 years 5 months ago

[quote comment=”77790″]I went to the forum last Sunday. I thought there were four stand-out candidates:

Maureen Sullivan got the most applause from her empassioned plea about being fiscally responsible. She has two children in the system and is in the trenches. I’ve worked with her on the G&T committee and respect her very much.

I thought Brian Assadourian made a good presence. I was impressed that he paused to think first before answering a question. He was soft spoken, but articulate in his responses. He also has elementary children in the system.

Tricia, an incumbent, was also articulate and answered each question with conviction. She’s an economist and a teacher. She has a young child in preschool and one about to go in.

Carmelo Garcia, an incumbent, made a very strong presence. I’ve also worked with Carmelo on the G&T committee. He is a product of the Hoboken School system and is empassioned to improve it. He has two children in the system and one in Catholic school.[/quote]

But Carmelo has helped to create all the problems the school system currently faces. Anyone who votes for him is voting for the bloated nepotistic school system that does nothing but pay out vast sums of money to an underworked and overpaid workforce. If he is “helping” to educate the kids, it is only a by accident.

skateparkmom
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skateparkmom
8 years 5 months ago

I went to the forum last Sunday. I thought there were four stand-out candidates:

Maureen Sullivan got the most applause from her empassioned plea about being fiscally responsible. She has two children in the system and is in the trenches. I’ve worked with her on the G&T committee and respect her very much.

I thought Brian Assadourian made a good presence. I was impressed that he paused to think first before answering a question. He was soft spoken, but articulate in his responses. He also has elementary children in the system.

Tricia, an incumbent, was also articulate and answered each question with conviction. She’s an economist and a teacher. She has a young child in preschool and one about to go in.

Carmelo Garcia, an incumbent, made a very strong presence. I’ve also worked with Carmelo on the G&T committee. He is a product of the Hoboken School system and is empassioned to improve it. He has two children in the system and one in Catholic school.

NoahsArk
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NoahsArk
8 years 5 months ago

Miss Teacher-

I was also at the debate. Carmelo was absurd- I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why people would vote for him. He seems to embody ethics violations (current and future).

DeFalco, Campbell, and Assodourian were all weak. Campbell had no idea what was going on. Maybe he has 20 neices, nephews, cousins, etc., in the school system, but according to him, the schools have 22,000 students. Prior to this, has he been involved in anything?

Assodourian was not an orator. That being said, he has been active in efforts to improve Hoboken. I think commitment is important, and I don’t see it in Campbell.

karyatid
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karyatid
8 years 5 months ago

Yes, those no-shows in debates or in responding to the media matter to a lot of people. I assume Snyder and Garcia will get in and either Assadourian or Rhodes-Kearns takes the third spot. This is the most common opinion I find around town. I think the better street style will carry that third spot.

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