Hoboken schools among worst in NJ

Update: See bottom of the article… We’re #1 in something!

What good is Hoboken Reform if Kids “First” means almost last?

Hoboken411 reader Christopher noticed in a recent ranking of New Jersey Schools – that Hoboken sunk to nearly the bottom in the Garden State. Way to go, Hoboken “reform!”

“There are some big swings and Hoboken is obviously one of them. My distant observation of Hoboken schools is we’re probably more 298 than 187 anyway. Not good.

From the accompanying article:

“Some of the biggest moves are fueled in part by New Jersey’s use of a new graduation-rate calculation. In the past, our rankings distinguished between students going on to four-year colleges, two-year colleges and other postsecondary schools. The data for students going to four-year colleges was given extra weight, making it a potent driver of the results. This year’s rankings use the new four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate, introduced by New Jersey in 2011, as mandated by the federal government.

New Jersey Monthly made two other changes in compiling this year’s rankings: Because personal computers have become widespread among the high-school population, we eliminated student/computer ratio as a factor. More significantly, we increased the weighting for data on test results and the aforementioned graduation-rate calculation. The change in weighting is intended to emphasize the importance of student results at a time of budget cutting, when even the best schools must learn to do more with fewer resources.”

Update:
Oh – and in an article published in the Wall Street Journal – they showed a Trulia chart that ranked Hoboken, NJ the LEAST ATTRACTIVE school district in America. Hooray, we’re Number One!

(h/t Anna for the info)

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11 Comments on "Hoboken schools among worst in NJ"


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aurora
3 years 3 days ago

With Hoboken property tax rates, every kids should graduate and attend Yale or Harvard. What are they doing with all the money?

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hobokenj
3 years 3 days ago

One of the highest budgets in the state and the worst rankings. That makes no sense. Oh wait it does since the Board of Ed payroll is bloated with waste.

Time to use the tool Christie has finally given to this state. The ability to not have to keep tenured teachers and worse the ton of Principals VP and assistant Vice Principals that just collect a paycheck but do nothing as educators. Not to mention the countless other administration positions. They are politically connected making 2x the state average and just because of tenure they have been able to sit back and not care. Well now hopefully thanks to our Governor something can be done. But will the administration step up and kick these long standing people in Hoboken education that carry a lot of votes, probably not.

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paco
3 years 3 days ago

Too much time and money spent on stupid bike lanes. 😯

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briank
3 years 3 days ago

This is a result of manta factors. In no particular order: public teacher/BOE unions that fight only for themselves to protect their worst members. Most teachers will tell you without hesitation who the worst teachers are in their school. But they will fight for that worst teacher to not be fired because they want that support if they are ever in the crosshairs. Next, apathetic voters. Many younger people in Hoboken don’t vote in local elections, whether they are property owners or renters. Next, laws that require local public employees to live in town. This limits the ability to find the best people for a job. And guess what, come election time, that person, his brother, mother, and sister in law who all live in town go out and vote in the local elections to make sure that the local bloated budget passes. Finally, bloated administrations. Have you ever looked to see the number of “aides” and other hazy sounding jobs in our board of education? Everyone and their brother is employed by the BOE: see previous factor.
The solution: at $25,000 per student, we should just shut down the entire BOE and send the kids to a top private school. The tuition would be about the same.

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3 years 3 days ago

There’s nothing wrong with the hoboken school system the 7 years i spent in high school were great

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Mitch Ultimato
3 years 17 hours ago

Judging by your command of punctuation and capitalization, I don’t think you made your case very well. [quote comment=”216928″]There’s nothing wrong with the hoboken school system the 7 years i spent in high school were great[/quote]

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joey maxim
3 years 15 hours ago

professor mitch….same as your concept of reaity and jest.. you have an extreme grasp of the obivious….[quote comment=”216955″]Judging by your command of punctuation and capitalization, I don’t think you made your case very well.[/quote]

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Mitch Ultimato
3 years 2 hours ago

What is reaity? What is obivious? Let’s try that again.[quote comment=”216956″]professor mitch….same as your concept of reaity and jest.. you have an extreme grasp of the obivious….[/quote]

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joey maxim
3 years 2 hours ago

yorur perception of a silly joke,as well as being condsending…[quote comment=”216958″]What is reaity? What is obivious? Let’s try that again.[/quote]

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joey maxim
3 years 2 hours ago

yorur perception of a silly joke,as well as being condsending…[quote comment=”216958″]What is reaity? What is obivious? Let’s try that again.[/quote]
[quote comment=”216958″]What is reaity? What is obivious? Let’s try that again.[/quote]