Monday, April 21, 2014

BoE school district suing HoLa charter school on legal "technicality"

Earlier this month, the Hoboken BoE district filed a lawsuit against the two grade expansion of HoLA, the downtown Spanish immersion charter school.

The cold war between the BoE school district and Hoboken charter schools has gone red hot since the announcement last month dozens of layoffs were likely with a tax increase in its preliminary budget. There's no financial figures attached to that announcement and no additional details are available on the district website.

A legal complaint filed earlier this month challenges the charter school's expansion according to a Jersey Journal story filed the end of last week.

According to the story, the lawsuit is based on a technicality looking to reverse the approval of a state approved expansion for the seventh and eighth grades at HoLa. The sixth grade was approved previously and is slated to open next year. The two higher grades are scheduled to follow the year after.

From the Jersey Journal:

The story states the BoE district complains its bearing the weight of more minority students versus HoLa, what's been described as "the segregation affect" saying:

"The percentage of minority students at the bilingual school has been consistently about half that of the district’s for the past three years, the district states in its lawsuit."

The co-founder of HoLa called the lawsuit on the charter school an "attack" and "outrageous" while the BoE school district declined to comment. The story does add a comment via email from Hoboken Superintendent Mark Toback the lawsuit "is not an attack on HoLA Charter School or charter schools in general."

HoLa parents appeared at a BoE meeting to speak on behalf of that's school's
expansion. Now it's part of a legal battle opposed by the BoE earlier this month.

Talking Ed Note: It's not clear how this legal technicality will aid the BoE school district. The State has ample time to address the approval process with the added seventh and eight grades more than a year off.

The immediate result means the softening cold war between the BoE school district and HoLa goes red hot. Again.

Residential Parking Permit Renewal Process

Councilman Peter Cunningham announces:

Happy spring and happy holidays to all.

This weekend's local paper had a public service announcement for parking permit renewals for Hoboken residents.  Many of you may not be aware that renewals are on a rolling basis, not within the first quarter of the year as it had been for as long as we can remember.

April 2013 permits are to be renewed at this time.  To check on when your permit renewal is due, please login to  This is a GovOnline System where you login to create an account, view your updated contact info, or renew your permit.  You can also call 201-653-1919 to check on your renewal during the hours of M-F, 8:15am to 9:30pm; Sat from 9-1pm.  If you are not signed up to receive your renewal via email, you should receive a letter.  I advise that if you haven't renewed in over a year to do so as soon as possible.

As the new Chair of the Transportation and Parking Committee of the City Council, is our job to improve the policies of the Utility to create more parking for our residents with out jeopardizing pedestrian safety, and study traffic patterns to reduce congestion and improve traffic flows.  Obviously these are two lofty challenges.  There are many other initiatives being undertaken to assist in this endeavour, such as a Parking Master Plan.  

I am always open to hear suggestions, and questions and concerns.  Please pass this note along to your neighbors, and look forward to speaking with you soon.  Thanks, 

Peter Cunningham