Board of Ed Candidates Forum

3/23/2009:

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HFA Board of Education Candidate Forum

“On April 21 Hoboken residents will vote for three trustees to fill three open seats on the city’s Board of Education.

Voting for these seats is important for taxpayers and students. School boards are the education watchdog for their communities and try to ensure that students receive the best education for the tax dollars spent. The Hoboken Family Alliance invites you to meet the candidates. We have invited the seven candidates to join us for a free, open forum with voters on April 4 at the Demarest School (401 Garden St) at 10 a.m.

We hope you will join us to hear the candidates speak first hand about why they should beentrusted with this important position.”

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42 Comments on "Board of Ed Candidates Forum"

MaureenSullivan
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MaureenSullivan

Theresa Howard and Heather Khazan did a terrific job of putting together the HFA forum. The questions touched on issues such as “school choice,” the budget, parental involvement, curriculum and special ed.
Theresa Minutillo, Ruthy McAllister and I were there from Kids First. Anthony Oland was there from United Students but his running mates Frank Raia and Hector Irizarry didn’t come.

ShhhDontTell
Member

Was Irene there? Did Mr.Oland apologize? Anyone know?

HOB424
Member
HOB424

Wasn’t able to get there today. Any feedback? Who showed up? Good questions/answers?? 😯

MaureenSullivan
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MaureenSullivan
[quote comment=”145324″]Two interesting facts in the post above: 1) Maureen admits that she and 411 provide biased information. 2) By October 15, only 27 of the 70 projected students had enrolled (that is the date the state uses to calculate aid.) And what is the number now, in March 2009? I believe it is 95 – a greater increase than the superintendent predicted. Oh, any by the way, the state picks up the cost for choice student transportation. p.s. math question of the day – if two of the 22 students in Maureen’s daughter’s class move and she claims that 10% of the approx. 2000 district children actually live outside of Hoboken based on the proportion of reported intown to out of town students in that sample class, does the number of indistrict children a) increase b) stay the same c) decrease d) it doesn’t matter – KidsFirst just throws numbers out there because people believe anything they say[/quote] At the risk of beating a dead horse, 411 calls itself: “A place for people to share and comment on their experiences A blog, but a very robust blog.” Let’s stick to the rule of apples to apples. October attendance to October attendance. March predictions to March predictions. I’m not picking late June attendance and saying, Look, we only have 100 kids in our school! The two children I mentioned who moved away? one went to south Jersey and one went to Oregon. I didn’t mention the kid who moved to… Read more »
oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

Tburns, if you are looking for “fairness” – perhaps you and your camp can start up a competing blog? That way you can ensure that it is not “biased.” My guess is that it would never get off the ground, and you wouldn’t be able to draw much readership. Nor would you be motivated to do so, as your side is afraid of transparency.

I don’t see any energy out of your side to do anything new or innovative, or to solve the massive problems in the system. It’s all about maintaining the status quo (to state the obvious).

Many Hoboken taxpayers are FED UP with how this place is run. And rather than propose solutions, you come on boards like this crying about how they are biased and unfair. I’m tired of it. You know what’s biased? People who are incompetent, lack experience, condescending and ethcially challenged running our school system into the ground and bleeding taxpayers dry so that their family members can stay on the payroll or so that they can personally benefit.

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