Are Hoboken teachers getting shafted?

Hoboken Teachers benefits yanked

One Hoboken411 reader who is a teacher here in town submitted this letter to the Editor for your consideration. They feel that Hoboken parents should know what’s going on – and how their children’s teachers are being treated.

Letter: Hoboken Teachers are poorly treated

“I am writing to inform you of the recent situations that have been going on within the Hoboken Catapult Learning community.

I am, and have been for a while, a dedicated teacher in Hoboken. As the upcoming year came to a start, I was looking forward (as I do every year) to my favorite week. The week of re-opening my classroom door! This is the time that I create a personal, loving, and welcoming environment for my new students. Unfortunately, the Friday before I was to report to work I was informed that there had been “contractual issues between the Hoboken Board of Education and Catapult Learning.”

Soon after, I had learned through the Hoboken Board of Ed website, not Catapult, that there was indeed no issue with the H.B.O.E. Thinking all issues were resolved I finally returned to my classroom with one day to set up. The next unfortunate event was brought to our attention through a “rumor” that benefits were being terminated. Thinking this could not possibly be true, we went to our directors. This in fact was true and on top of it we were not being offered Cobra.

Next, after working several days and asking for our contracts we were finally issued them. We were again surprised and devastated to read that our salaries were once again the same, after told last year we would “definitely” be getting them. To add to our frustrations we had found out the other two providers had received their raises. When all is said and done, I absolutely love working for the Abbott program in the Hoboken school district. I have spoken nothing but amazing words of the curriculum and experience given within this community.

I sincerely do not think that Catapult Learning is representing Hoboken Board of Education in a positive image.”

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10 Comments on "Are Hoboken teachers getting shafted?"


Member
FreeHoboken
2 years 11 months ago

I hope this person doesn’t teach English. What terrible writing!

Member
HOB424
2 years 11 months ago

This has to do with a private company who is contracted to provide teaching services for the Abbott program 3 and 4 year old pre-k. The dispute with the employer has nothing to do with school rankings. The school rankings refer to K-12, not pre-K. I’m asumming they do not have a union, if their employer did this without any negotiations.

Member
ewt7178
2 years 11 months ago

Hoboken school system was ranked around 200th in the state last year. So I’m assuming this raise you expected was not based on performance.

I won’t even touch on the amount of grammatical errors in your letter.

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willow_600
2 years 11 months ago

it is very sad that you live in this town and do not support the teachers. teachers pay into their benefits, catapult does not consider their teacher full time employee which means they are not eligible for health benefits.. do you consider teachers part time employees? if you had children in the hoboken school system i am sure that your thoughts and opinions would be different.. put yourself in the teachers shoes… the teachers need people in their corners[quote comment=”217159″]Hoboken school system was ranked around 200th in the state last year. So I’m assuming this raise you expected was not based on performance.I won’t even touch on the amount of grammatical errors in your letter.[/quote]

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HOB424
2 years 11 months ago

No, there issues weren’t with the BOE, but with the state. Catapult is a private contractor for the Abbott classes. Their employees are hired by them, not the BOE.

Member
2 years 11 months ago

Waaaaa you didn’t get a raise. My wife has been desperately trying to get a teaching job anywhere in the state for the last 3 years to no avail. She’s gladly accept half your salary for the job.

Member
faith22
2 years 11 months ago

Sorry that your wife can’t find a job. But I’m sure if and when she does get one and is treated the way these teachers are being treated she would feel as under appreciated as they do.[quote comment=”217153″]Waaaaa you didn’t get a raise. My wife has been desperately trying to get a teaching job anywhere in the state for the last 3 years to no avail. She’s gladly accept half your salary for the job.[/quote]

Member
2 years 11 months ago

People act as if these teachers are working in Afghanistan fearing for their lives everyday as the Taliban surrounds their unheated school house full of girls.
Teachers are treated unfairly because a previously provided benefit was taken away? Welcome to the real world!!!
Sorry that gold plated benefits and raises 2-3X the inflation rate are no longer rubber stamped. I guess you should been born a few decades earlier when the public had no access to information, and City Hall promised unsustainable goodies with no ability to pay for them.

Blame the retired Cops, Fireman, and Teachers who are sucking the system dry leaving no money for the current crop of talented, hardworking teachers. Imagine if you were paid for the work you did when you did it and no more? There would be so much money available to pay current employees 30,40,50% more! They got theirs at your expense so be mad at them…not the taxpayers being rung dry every year with higher and higher rates. Sorry you got into the Pyramid scheme too late….sucks huh?[quote comment=”217174″]Sorry that your wife can’t find a job. But I’m sure if and when she does get one and is treated the way these teachers are being treated she would feel as under appreciated as they do.[/quote]

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fatcat555
2 years 11 months ago

The previous two comments are rather bitter and unnecessary. I appreciate that many people are not fortunate enough to have jobs, but that does not mean that those who do should be treated unprofessionally, which seems to be the case in this instance. I have heard rumblings of the Catapult teacher predicament around town and it seems that these teachers have, indeed, been treated unfairly and that the Catapult organization needs to get its priorities in order. Having been teacher myself at one time, I can attest to the fact that teachers take their jobs very seriously, work extremely hard (many more hours than they get paid for), and work more for pleasure than for compensation. Having said that, when teachers – or any working person at any company for that matter – count on money and benefits and then are told they will not be getting them, when it’s too late to find another job, is just unfair. It seems to me that this company should be careful. If teachers do not feel appreciated, then everyone suffers. This is a real shame and I hope that those who are in charge, and can make changes, do so.[quote comment=”217153″]Waaaaa you didn’t get a raise. My wife has been desperately trying to get a teaching job anywhere in the state for the last 3 years to no avail. She’s gladly accept half your salary for the job.[/quote]