More on the HoLa program…

11/24/2008:

More questions than answers regarding HoLa

At last Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jack Raslowsky asked the Board to award a $150,000 consulting contract for the next 6 months to two preschool parents to “provide leadership, development and support of the dual language Spanish/English program”.


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It didn’t matter that the Superintendent and his loyal band of followers, some may call them “rubber stamps” – Anthony Romano, Frank Raia, Carmelo Garcia, James Farina and Frances Rhodes-Kearns may have gone against NJ State law in awarding the no bid contract. Nor did it matter that Superintendent Raslowsky’s agenda didn’t have the name of the business entity that was receiving the contract though one was made up on the spot when pressed by board member Theresa Minutillo. Raslowsky was clearly unhappy about being pressed for that simple information which led Board counsel to say it would make his “life easier” if they could attach a name to the contract that was being awarded. Sure makes sense to me.

The contract passed 5-3. Carrie Gilliard, Rose Markle and Minutillo voted against the contract. Stating that there are more pressing needs in the district that should be addressed first; increasing state test scores, increasing SAT scores, increasing enrollment and adding AP courses in the High School.

Ten (Hoboken Family Alliance) parents spoke in support of the program. Many of them made claims that they would remove their children from the private schools they attend to enroll them in the dual language program.

Eight parents of children already enrolled in district grades 1-8 spoke out against the adoption of the program. Many made claims that the elementary schools have no problem recruiting students and that the real needs are in grades 6-12.

It’s a disgrace to pit loyal parents who have always supported the district against parents who would only enroll their children if they get their own “school”. Why weren’t any parents in attendance from the housing authority or Applied housing where many of our Latino and Spanish speaking families/students live?

Question:

If there is a lottery for admissions to the program and the HoLa team leaders and their supporters are not lucky enough to secure a seat in this “school” will they enter the general population at Wallace, Connors and Calabro?

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24 Comments on "More on the HoLa program…"

MF
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could not agree with you more, post 23

my grandfather ALSO came from italy – to right next-door actually – jersey city. now the area they all settled in is inhabited by different groups, and you’re sincerely lucky if you don’t get shot going through there. when the italian, irish, polish and other decent people were forced out or moved onward and upward, the neighborhoods go to sh*t when other groups come in.

anyway, besides all you say, what people also need to realize, when they put forth all their mock outrage about how unsympathetic people are to the “growing demographic” of hispanics, is that by not continuing the legacy of people like styles333’s ancestors and many others, you’re basically spitting on their grave. how about THAT lack of sympathy.

this whole program smacks of some geeky exercise in the field of education actually. i almost think it’s driven by white people who geeked themselves up on educational philosophies and the way the brain develops and teaching language early and what not. then others just glommed on. who knows.

what i do know is, we ain’t in spain.

styles333
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styles333
[quote comment=”120595″]I thought we were in AMERICA??? This just adds to my pet peeve of whenever I call any utility or phone company they prompt me to choose which language I speak?!?!?! If you are too dumb and lazy not to learn ENGLISH when you obviously illegally(to become an actual, legal citizen you must take the citizenship test in ENGLISH, no????) relocate to this country then you don’t deserve anything. This is ridiculous…when the Italians and Irish and Jewish etc early immigrants of this country came over they didn’t ask for government handouts or ask for literature in their native language…they LEARNED ENGLISH![/quote] My grandfather came here from Italy with NOTHING. Married my grandmother, and made an honest and humble living working in a factory. He taught himself English immediately, and would rather cut off a limb than ever accept a handout. He studied his patootie off to become a legal citizen. Amazingly, he put all three of his children through college, and two of them have Masters (my mother included). See what happens when you allow people to become self sufficient? On the other hand, I live blocks away from people who have been living in the “housing” for GENERATIONS… We’re talking 40 year old grandmothers here. I don’t see this as progress. Isn’t the “American dream” that your children should do better than you did, such as my grandfather envisioned? I’m really sorry, but I don’t think that by making things even more simple for these kids, we… Read more »
Reformerus_Gianticus
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Reformerus_Gianticus

Jack is on a Pork Incomprehendible Spending Spree (PISS. He is out of touch with the fact that taxpayers are already ticked off about the 47% muni increase. Really out to lunch. Do anyone know how long the Superintendent is allowed to serve? Ho do we get this guy out and get new leadership. Is it the Board?

biguptobk
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biguptobk

Its enough we already pay for their free medical care and other handouts….
While hard-working citizens pay taxes on welfare and medicaid for the poor who don’t even have enough money to pay their own bills these days…

strand tramp
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strand tramp

you sir are entirely too intolerant! don’t you think illegals have a right to make Americans pay for corporations to accomodate their needs???

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