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.
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.
Ballot position 3-A