Board of Ed “electioneering?”
Can the city do this?
An anonymous Hoboken411 reader sent these photos in and said:
“Appropriate? Legal? I was very surprised to see the three public schools with marquees advocating a yes vote on the school budget. The schools should not be electioneering with tax-payer money. In addition these schools are polling stations for the Board of Education Elections and these signs clearly violate any spirit of neutrality at the election booth.”
Hoboken411 reader and occasional contributor estevens chimes in about the upcoming Board of Education Election:
What’s the deal here?
“The union president of Hoboken’s school district has been hard at it to preserve the status quo for teachers and staff. To date, that status quo has resulted in abysmal performance and a per-student annual cost of $25K+.
The following memo reveals how Hoboken Education Association president Gary Enrico – a music teacher making approximately $110K + benefits – has been electioneering in the schools against one of the BOE slates (Kids First, presumably). Apparently, he is frustrated with the low turnout for a rally (fundraiser?) at Willie McBride’s earlier this month at which less than 25 teachers were present. Enrico suggests that this election will determine “who will be working here in the future,” that salaries and benefits are at stake, and that “our future depends on it.” In response to recommendations that teachers should pay for their benefits, he states “This will never happen as long as I am president (underlining his).” Of course, he also exhorts his union membership to support candidates “who support our students.” Right…”