HoLa! supporters look forward

2/12/2009:

With the defeat of the HoLa! Dual Language Program at the Hoboken Board of Education this week, key advocates Jennifer Hindman Sargent and Camille Korschun Bustillo sent this note to their followers:

A missed opportunity in Hoboken

hola-hoboken-logo.gif“Dear Friends of HoLa,

We are sad to report that last night, the Board of Education voted not to move forward with the implementation of a dual language program in Hoboken Public Schools for September 2009. Thank you to all of the supporters who attended the meeting and spoke last night, as well as to those who have supported the program over the last several months.

Unfortunately, anger and deliberate disregard of the facts led to the no vote, despite our attempts to shine light on the amazing benefits of dual language education for all students who choose to participate. We are disheartened by the outrageous behavior and misdirected anger of some opponents in attendance last night, as well as the misrepresentation of information and events leading up to the vote on the part of certain Board members. The proposed dual language classrooms would not have cost any more to operate than traditional monolingual classrooms and our proposed start-up costs were minimal, a mere 0.1% of the total budget. This is certainly more of a benefit to the taxpayer than a detriment. The existence of a dual language program would not have taken away from other areas in need of attention but would have strengthened the district as a whole.

We believe not implementing a dual language program is a missed opportunity and defeating this program does not benefit anyone. Instead, it denies all incoming Kindergartners and First Graders another option within the Hoboken Public Schools, at a time when there are waiting lists at the private, charter and even the Public Schools. Two-way immersion programs are remarkable in that they benefit children from all backgrounds and provide the opportunity to bring together diverse elements within communities such as ours. We firmly believe that dual language education is a true fit for Hoboken. We have laid the groundwork for a strong program that has the support of the team of researchers, educators and experts in the field who we have formed relationships with through the development process.

We are taking some time to consider next steps but hope that we can find a way to build on the work we have started. As always, your thoughts and ideas are welcome!”

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147 Comments on "HoLa! supporters look forward"

HobokenReformer
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[quote comment=”138650″]Vouchers? Vouchers to Where? I don’t believe state law allows vouchers, but let’s assume it did. Sure, neighboring schools, both public and private, would want to welcome our high performing students, but what about the rest? They would no more be welcomed than the Currie Woods kids are here. Would that be a win for the taxpayers, us only educating the remaining most challenging students? It might be for a while. But what would happen when the Stevens Parents, and those from HCA and Hudson School and all the rest came calling for their vouchers. What happens when the Charter schools go private to collect their richer vouchers rather than their current stipends? What happens when Hoboken starts attracting parents because of its willingness to subsidize private school tuition. I know you want there to be a simple answer and I sympathize. But I am not aware of any solution to soaring costs per pupil than building a well functioning, efficient school system, that understands the needs of the students AND taxpayers. I respectfully submit our efforts would be better directed to electing board trustees who would do tha[/quote] Well, if vouchers don’t work, then this leaves the second one of the possible outcomes I had suggested. The professionals who are currently paying the lion’s share of the tax bill will slowly but surely migrate away from Hoboken, and then the entitlement recipients, gravy-train riders, and status-quo lovers will be left to their own devices. We’ll see how this… Read more »
AdiosHola
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Vouchers? Vouchers to Where? [quote comment=”138638″]If closing one school triggers a process whereby more students leave the district, so be it! Who says that the taxpayers of Hoboken have to ensure that we have public schools here AT ANY EXPENSE? If it cannot be done at a reasonable expense to the taxpayer, then yes, shut down the entire school system of Hoboken and give the legitimate Hoboken-resident kids vouchers for attending school elsewhere. I am sure that the taxpayers would be very thankful![/quote] I don’t believe state law allows vouchers, but let’s assume it did. Sure, neighboring schools, both public and private, would want to welcome our high performing students, but what about the rest? They would no more be welcomed than the Currie Woods kids are here. Would that be a win for the taxpayers, us only educating the remaining most challenging students? It might be for a while. But what would happen when the Stevens Parents, and those from HCA and Hudson School and all the rest came calling for their vouchers. What happens when the Charter schools go private to collect their richer vouchers rather than their current stipends? What happens when Hoboken starts attracting parents because of its willingness to subsidize private school tuition. I know you want there to be a simple answer and I sympathize. But I am not aware of any solution to soaring costs per pupil than building a well functioning, efficient school system, that understands the needs of the students AND… Read more »
strand tramp
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strand tramp

works for Spring Lake.

HobokenReformer
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[quote comment=”138630″]If you magically removed $9 million from the budget you would close a school and lay off a bunch of young teachers, but what then? Many parents who like their current teachers might seek alternatives and the process would continue, with neither education nor taxes improving.[/quote]

If closing one school triggers a process whereby more students leave the district, so be it! Who says that the taxpayers of Hoboken have to ensure that we have public schools here AT ANY EXPENSE? If it cannot be done at a reasonable expense to the taxpayer, then yes, shut down the entire school system of Hoboken and give the legitimate Hoboken-resident kids vouchers for attending school elsewhere. I am sure that the taxpayers would be very thankful!

strand tramp
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strand tramp

that’s all fine…how do we get rid of them NOW? if these are the worst in JC (and considering the shootings we have had i’m not surprised) why is it they have not been removed already?

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