Thursday, October 9, 2014

Parents for Progress BoE slate explain reason for "boycotting" debate

The following submission comes from BoE trustee Monica Stromwall. She was appointed unanimously by the BoE to replace Carmelo Garcia who by law had to resign earlier this year.

Dear Horsey,

                  Some people may be wondering why the Parents for Progress ticket, Antonio Gray, Sharyn Angley and Monica Stromwall, were not in attendance at the Candidate Forum on Wednesday, October 8th at the Elks Lodge.  Let us explain why.

                  We were first notified by mail by the Quality of Life Coalition that a debate/forum was scheduled for October 14th. Unfortunately, that was the same date and time as the regularly scheduled October Board of Education meeting. This posed a conflict for at least 3 candidates that are current board members and candidates in the upcoming election.

                  When the organizers learned of the conflict, a new date was scheduled and was sent out with 2 week’s notice. But again, this was done without consulting any of the candidates--at least none of the candidates on the Parents for Progress team. Unfortunately, this new date conflicts with previous commitments and so we were unable to participate.

                  With the election still a few weeks away, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know us and ask us questions. The best and fastest way is to contact us through our Facebook page: Parents for Progress Hoboken or email at We are committed to improving upon and continuing the progress in the Hoboken Public Schools.

Educationally Yours,
Parents for Progress
Antonio Gray, Sharyn Angley and Monica Stromwall

Talking Ed Note: The term boycott in the headline is MSV's choice and not the stated reason of the author. The headline is the responsibility of the editor.