Rosenberg wants to set new directions


Board of Education candidate Ron Rosenberg shares his intentions of what to do about education in Hoboken, and why you should use one of your three votes next week for him.

“Dear Hoboken411,

Thank you for the opportunity to present my case to your many readers ahead of this very important election. During my short tenure on the Hoboken Board of Education we rarely discussed education. We mostly considered the business of education, not education itself. We deliberated about hiring and awarding contracts rather than books and SATs. I am running to change this imbalance, to bring education back to the front burner.

Schools are improving, but more must be done

Our schools have improved in recent years with more and more of our students meeting state proficiency goals. It is now time to raise the bar, to move from good to excellent. We should chart a course toward achieving a top 25 percentile state academic ranking. We can get there in ten years if our elected Board members make this goal part of their mission.

Setting goals to serve all our students

Years ago our high school offered three distinct learning pathways. Many students took the academic route while others chose a business or a vocational major. We should explore resurrecting the academic track with the explicit understanding that its students must meet advanced proficiency standards, and that it must attract Hoboken students who traditionally select other schools. There is a true need for such a track. Don’t believe me? Just watch the huge line standing outside High Tech High School waiting to pick up an application. Count the Hoboken families and don’t stop when you are well over a hundred.

Read the rest of Rosenberg’s points after the jump…

(Ron Rosenberg for Hoboken Board of Education, continued…)

An Academic Track for educational success

An academic track can help reverse the declining enrollment trends and decrease per student cost. When parents of private and religious school students take notice of the academic track they will consider it carefully. Over time it will increase demand for our higher grades, much like the success of our lower grades increased enrollment there. More students in the system reduce cost of educating each student.

Good education does not cost $25,000 per student!

Most school districts in New Jersey this. The president of Hoboken teachers’ union knows this too. He was a member of the Paramus school board where taxpayers spend about $10,000 less per student. The state Education Department pays us about $15,000 for each School Choice student from outside our district because that is the state average.

Bring costs down, but invest in the classroom

Our challenge is to bring spending closer to the state average while being responsible to our students, our employees, and our taxpayers. We must spend most of our money in the classroom. We need to become innovative negotiators with our unions, looking to improve our cost position while not hurting the people we employ. We must search for savings and efficiencies including an analysis of the number of school buildings we operate at different enrollment levels. We must explore the viability of sharing some services with others in our immediate area. Even with new fiscal prudence, it may take seven years to re-balance our spending.

Can I do this job? Absolutely!

I have the tools, experience, independence, and resolve to advocate for a new direction. I earned an MBA degree from NYU in finance and strategic planning and spent years helping companies assess their businesses and chart new courses. Managing my own businesses required mastering new skills in marketing and accounting but my education prepared me well for these challenges.

A long record of public activism

In my 26 years in Hoboken I co-founded the Kaplan Preschool, presided over the board of our local synagogue, served as the first treasurer of People for Open Government, and played key roles in the adaptation of Pay-To-Play ordinances by our city and school district. A long time ago I even taught economics at Fairleigh Dickinson University and spent three years in military service.

I believe in public schools and in great education! They worked for me.They worked for my wife. It is working for my fifteen year old daughter who attends High Tech High School. I have yet to see a child worse off for receiving a better education.

You have three votes on April 15, and all I ask is for one.

Thank you,
Ron Rosenberg
Ballot position 3-A

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Friday, April 11, 2008 11:14 am

[quote comment=”77530″]
Mr. Rosenberg has competence & commitment, surely. But I’m honestly concerned he’s not electable (or if he is, may be a Raia ally) &/or will only be a spoiler for the Kid’s First slate[/quote]

FAP posted a NJ Monthly article in which it, the magazine, ranked high schools in NJ and Hoboken was listed in the lowest 1/5th portion. If you feel we should do better in the future, I would point out that only one candidate, Mr. Rosenberg, has consistently put improving academic performance at the top of his list. Look at his letters, postings, ads, and comments to the Board and you will see that it is a commitment, not a campaign issue.

Don’t you think that Hoboken kids deserve better than the 260th spot? Wouldn’t you like to be in the 109th spot like Weehaken?

You say that Rosenberg may be a spoiler for Kids First. Maybe it’s the other way around? Wasn’t Rosenberg quoted in The Reported as interested in running when Kids First had just one candidate? Wasn’t Sullivan in the race too while Kids First were still looking for candidates?

Maybe its not about slates, maybe its just about good candidates.

Tama Murden
Tama Murden
Friday, April 11, 2008 3:00 am

With all due respect, High Tech, while a terrific COUNTY public high school, is not in Hoboken & VERY hard for most Hoboken students to get admitted to, e.g., a very small # of Hoboken students admitted each year.

Wondering where Mr. Rosenberg’s child attended school prior to High Tech? Hoboken public schools?

I have the same question for the current Board members with school age childre. Ditto for the Superintendent.

Mr. Rosenberg has competence & commitment, surely. But I’m honestly concerned he’s not electable (or if he is, may be a Raia ally) &/or will only be a spoiler for the Kid’s First slate, which has a great deal to offer & if elected, can bring about a new majority of reform on the BOE.

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