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 district’s case rests on the fact that the state’s letter that approved HoLa’s charter renewal and expansion on March 5 was signed by Evo Popoff, the department’s chief innovation officer, and “unequivocally stated that he made the determination,” the lawsuit argues.
However, state law grants the authority to renew charter schools only to the commissioner of the state’s Department of Education, according to the lawsuit filed by the district.
“The March 5, 2014 letter, does not indicate that the ‘commissioner’ made the decision to renew and expand HoLa’s charter,” according to the district’s lawsuit.
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."
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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.