HoLa! gets School Charter

9/24/2009:

If at first you don’t succeed, start your own school!

The women behind the HoLa dual language program that blew up on the Board of Ed launch pad have been given new clearance for take off… this time from the New Jersey State Department of Education. HoLa is now the basis for Hoboken’s third charter school. Instead of the “school within a school” administered through the Board of Ed, the new Hoboken Dual Language Charter School will be a separate operation funded by the state, and operating classrooms out of the Boys and Girls Club.

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Room for up to 132 students in 2010

The determined women – (in)famously dubbed “The HoLa Girls” by former School Board member Frank “Pupie” Raia – applied and received permission to operate a “Spanish-English K-5 school” that will “open its doors in September 2010. The school will initially serve up to 132 students (depending on demand) in Kindergarten, First and Second grades. A grade will be added each year until the school extends to the Fifth grade, according to a press release from Jennifer Hindman Sargent, Camille Korschun Bustillo and Barbara Martinez:

“HoLa will offer a comprehensive curriculum delivered in both Spanish and English by teachers trained in innovative strategies specific to dual language education, with the goals of academic excellence and bilingualism for all students. The school will also feature an emphasis on the arts; a nurturing school community; and a multicultural perspective.

“We are thrilled that the Office of Charter Schools recognized both the value of dual language education for children of all language backgrounds, and the ideal fit of such a program for our dynamic and diverse community,” said Sargent. “We look forward to bringing a truly unique educational option to Hoboken.”… Program goals include academic excellence, bilingualism/biliteracy for all children, and an appreciation of other cultures.”

The tone of this release was a lot different from the parting shots they took at detractors last February.

Pressure on poll-trailing Corzine helps HoLa cause

HoLa was the beneficiary of a tremendous amount of election year pressure on Governor Jon Corzine, whose State Education Department has been criticized for doing everything it can to avoid awarding new charters. The powerful New Jersey Education Association teachers union is no fan, since charter school teachers are often non-union and charter schools often (but not always) perform much better than Public Schools, despite the fact that they take from the exact same base of public school students.

Maybe the “HoLa Girls” should thank Bob Bowdon?

bob-bowdon-the-cartelHoboken filmmaker Bob Bowdon’s documentary “The Cartel” exposed how the state is stingy with charters. The film puts a spotlight on a year when only two were one was awarded, leaving applicants rejected with no explanation. The film includes interviews with two women who applied to start a Charter School in Jersey City. A slight typo in their business plan that had no effect on operations was enough to get rejected by the charter-averse, NJEA-influenced State Ed Department. After Bowdon started asking questions, the state softened its stance and ultimately awarded the charter.

The Cartel Movie also includes a moving segment filmed during a Newark charter school lottery where hundreds of students are tearfully denied access because of the state enrollment limits.

Bowdon’s film has been picking up awards at Film Festivals throughout New Jersey.

HoLa one of 8 NJ charters awarded this year

Eight is the largest number of new charters allowed since 1999. Under pressure from Republicans (and following screenings around the state of “The Cartel”) Governor Corzine directed the department of education to propose new regulations that would allow faster approval for certain applicants with experience running successful charter schools. One of the other new charter schools will teach Hebrew in East Brunswick while another in Plainfield is named for President Barack Obama.

A Charter School is a Public School

Charter schools are open to all public school students, but are limited in how many can be accepted. Charter schools receive a payment directly from the school district of residence for each enrolled student equal to 90 percent of the district school’s budget per student for the specific grade level. The district gets to keep 10 percent even though they aren’t teaching the student. Hoboken has two existing charter schools, Elysian Charter and Hoboken Charter.

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47 Comments on "HoLa! gets School Charter"

HansBrix
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HansBrix

Not sure exactly where you’re going with that but you’ve pointed out one of two trite red herrings found in PP’s post.

The first: “they do the work you won’t do” ignores the fact that there’s a market clearing price for everything. Businesses don’t pay more since they don’t have to. But the stuff got done 20 years ago, miraculous perhaps.

The second is the tired phrase “nation of immigrants”. C’mon: what nation ISN’T a nation of immigrants — especially in the western hemisphere? Or do you think there’s a place where people just popped out of the ground?

Yet despite all the celibrated virtues of immigration everything south of the Rio Grande is a comparitive economic backwater (at best) and a festering hole of corruption and abject poverty (at worst).

Ask yourself: why did the USA (and even Canada) work out so well and the other places not so much?

Can anyone hazzard a guess? Hint: it wasn’t immigration.

Sorry for the rant but I think it’s time people started to apply some critical thinking to the conventional wisdom.

professor pinetop
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professor pinetop

strand, it can be argued that we are all aliens unless we are native americans (love the homeland security tee shirt with the picture of geronimo and his posse). i would prefer my tax dollars educating the children of the illegals who do the work you do not want to do rather than have them out on the streets.

we are a nation of immigrants and/or land grabbers; the “illegals” you speak of have been crossing our borders since before we had borders. your unreasonable jingoism is disgusting. the fact that people want to come here is great, particularly when they come here from countries adversely affected by our economic policies. the melting pot concept of our civilization is a good one; from our differences we derive strength – give me your tired, your poor etc. still resounds with many patriotic citizens.

i’d rather spend it on education and health care than on any more welfare for the rich.

patssoxrevscelts
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patssoxrevscelts

There would not be “work you do not want to do” if people weren’t handed food, shelter, and education all in exchange for sitting around doing nothing. If you had to either a) work to provide food and shelter or b) starve, you probably wouldn’t feel so entitled to a certain ‘type’ of job up to your standards.

In response to professor pinetop who said:
strand, it can be argued that we are all aliens unless we are native americans (love the homeland security tee shirt with the picture of geronimo and his posse). i would prefer my tax dollars educating the children of the illegals who do the work you do not want to do rather than have them out on the streets.

we are a nation of immigrants and/or land grabbers; the “illegals” you speak of have been crossing our borders since before we had borders. your unreasonable jingoism is disgusting. the fact that people want to come here is great, particularly when they come here from countries adversely affected by our economic policies. the melting pot concept of our civilization is a good one; from our differences we derive strength – give me your tired, your poor etc. still resounds with many patriotic citizens.

i’d rather spend it on education and health care than on any more welfare for the rich.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

welfare for the rich? ha ha ha
difference between entering thru ellis island and climbing a barbed fence in the desert?
SWINE FLU you f’ng idiot.
judicialwatch.org/blog/2008/sep/cit...-crime-deporting-illegal-immigrants
http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_13311560
two news articles one the cost to this country. a country with skyrocketing unemployment and for all intents and purposes BANKRUPT.

In response to professor pinetop who said:
strand, it can be argued that we are all aliens unless we are native americans (love the homeland security tee shirt with the picture of geronimo and his posse). i would prefer my tax dollars educating the children of the illegals who do the work you do not want to do rather than have them out on the streets.

we are a nation of immigrants and/or land grabbers; the “illegals” you speak of have been crossing our borders since before we had borders. your unreasonable jingoism is disgusting. the fact that people want to come here is great, particularly when they come here from countries adversely affected by our economic policies. the melting pot concept of our civilization is a good one; from our differences we derive strength – give me your tired, your poor etc. still resounds with many patriotic citizens.

i’d rather spend it on education and health care than on any more welfare for the rich.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

The native inhabitants of North America didn’t have good “immigration” control. How did that work out for them?

In response to professor pinetop who said:
strand, it can be argued that we are all aliens unless we are native americans (love the homeland security tee shirt with the picture of geronimo and his posse). i would prefer my tax dollars educating the children of the illegals who do the work you do not want to do rather than have them out on the streets.

we are a nation of immigrants and/or land grabbers; the “illegals” you speak of have been crossing our borders since before we had borders. your unreasonable jingoism is disgusting. the fact that people want to come here is great, particularly when they come here from countries adversely affected by our economic policies. the melting pot concept of our civilization is a good one; from our differences we derive strength – give me your tired, your poor etc. still resounds with many patriotic citizens.

i’d rather spend it on education and health care than on any more welfare for the rich.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

PJ you are an idiot. stop with the fantasy scenerios and look at reality; the illegals are from latin america for the most part, that is why we are footing the F’ng bill for spanish. WTF is wrong with you? if we were in Minn the illegals would be muslims (who somehow learn english)…if it was san fran it would be chinese (who know how to curse at people in english at least) you can sit here and pontificate about how bad my attitude is or whatever else you don’t like about me but you got one big f’ng problem; i am exactly right that we are paying $40,000.00 dollars of taxpayers money to educate the children of people who are here illegally and i do not think i am Constitutionally required to pay for the eduction of children of people from another county. can you get that little idea into your fat head?
and another thing you are wrong about; we would have the same conversation if it were french/english because there is zero reason to learn french because the surrender monkeys are losing their entire country/culture to the biggest islamic population in europe and we have sacrificed too many American lives protecting the scumbag frogs in two wars to give a sh1t about those unwashed pigs ever again. next fantasy scenerio rattling around in that empty head of yours?

PJIII
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PJIII
WOW! Nope. You stumped me. There is nothing I can say that would change your wee little racist/elitist/ethnocentrist/misogynist/fascist mind. “A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.” [Robert O. Paxton, “The Anatomy of Fascism,” 2004] (You need help with any of the big words, you give me a ring.) In response to strand tramp who said: PJ you are an idiot. stop with the fantasy scenerios and look at reality; the illegals are from latin america for the most part, that is why we are footing the F’ng bill for spanish. WTF is wrong with you? if we were in Minn the illegals would be muslims (who somehow learn english)…if it was san fran it would be chinese (who know how to curse at people in english at least) you can sit here and pontificate about how bad my attitude is or whatever else you don’t like about me but you got one big f’ng problem; i am exactly right that we are paying $40,000.00 dollars of taxpayers money to educate the children of people who are here illegally and i do not think i am Constitutionally required to pay for the eduction of children… Read more »
HOB424
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HOB424

where will these “hola kids” go after fifth grade?? will the higher grades in public school finally seem worthy of the elite.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

HA HA HA HA that’s um…hmmm…welll…hysterical. but listen dipsh1t…you still didn’t say anything to prove me wrong. you may not LIKE it much, but that doesn’t make me wrong. you want to take my bet little girl? you got anything of any substance to add? no, you don’t do you?

PJIII
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PJIII
I am not sure of your ancestry but I assume most of Hoboken is made up of people who are sons/daughters, grandsons/granddaughters, etc. of immigrants. Some people in Hoboken are actually immigrants. Yes, people still immigrate to America even though you have tried to close off our borders. While you decided to sideline this conversation to talk about illegal immigrants, I believe my distaste for you is that if this school was French – English we wouldn’t be having this conversation because you believe that ALL illegal immigrants speak Spanish. Let me say that another way. You believe that anyone who speaks Spanish is an illegal immigrant. This thread was about a school that teaches children and you want to storm the place with German Shepherds to sniff out the “illegals”. Profiling based on a language spoken is profiling. Here is another exercise. Take off the white hood and sheet and look at the calendar. Hoboken today is a diverse community but it essentially always has been. The Dutch, Germans, Irish, Italians, Hispanics, etc. all came in waves at different times in the city’s history to find opportunity (economic and educational). A good number of them (even in the last 50 years) were undocumented. Maybe as a troglodyte whose ancestry is unclear to him, you have no personal appreciation for the positive impact immigration has had on this country and city and you therefore were more inclined to start targeting “illegals”. Yes, I get frustrated that my taxes go into… Read more »
HansBrix
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HansBrix
There are several stark and highly relevant distinctions between the immigration of 100 years ago and that of today. Comparing them or equating them is a bit naive, IMO. In response to PJIII who said: I am not sure of your ancestry but I assume most of Hoboken is made up of people who are sons/daughters, grandsons/granddaughters, etc. of immigrants. Some people in Hoboken are actually immigrants. Yes, people still immigrate to America even though you have tried to close off our borders. While you decided to sideline this conversation to talk about illegal immigrants, I believe my distaste for you is that if this school was French – English we wouldn’t be having this conversation because you believe that ALL illegal immigrants speak Spanish. Let me say that another way. You believe that anyone who speaks Spanish is an illegal immigrant. This thread was about a school that teaches children and you want to storm the place with German Shepherds to sniff out the “illegals”. Profiling based on a language spoken is profiling. Here is another exercise. Take off the white hood and sheet and look at the calendar. Hoboken today is a diverse community but it essentially always has been. The Dutch, Germans, Irish, Italians, Hispanics, etc. all came in waves at different times in the city’s history to find opportunity (economic and educational). A good number of them (even in the last 50 years) were undocumented. Maybe as a troglodyte whose ancestry is unclear to him, you… Read more »
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