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Talking Ed Note: Education in the State of New Jersey is filled to the gills with two things: money and politics. Most recently, Hoboken's Board of Education found itself in a catch-22 situation; its designated choice for the position as superintendent was not being given a thumbs up or down contract review from the County Superintendent's office.
NJ's acting education commissioner froze all such reviews at the county level with a new statewide cap coming in February. The cap would max out Superintendent pay to $175,000 maximum and smaller districts as in the case of Hoboken would be capped at $155,000.
No one is publicly saying what the maximum length 4.5 year contract is but it's no stretch to think it's nowhere near the $155,000 cap applicable to Hoboken in February.
After a battle with legal guns firing and controversy over OPRA requests, a thaw may be underway. The state gave the green light for the county to review the contract for Hoboken's BoE selection.
After all when Gov. Christie first announced his toolkit of reforms, his first stop was right in the heart of the Soprano State: Hudson County. His kickoff with a plan to restrain NJ property taxes began in Hoboken breaking expectations of a partisan divide on the large systematic budget problems the state was facing.
This week another key point of the Governor's toolkit on arbitration crossed major hurdle with a compromise announced with Democrat leaders in the State Assembly.
Related: The news story detailing the most recent movement on the Hoboken Superintendent dilemma comes via Hoboken Patch's Andrew Tavani: