Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hoboken Board of Education President Resigns - Remains as Board Trustee; Trustee McAllister Becomes President

Brandt School, Hoboken NJ 
At the start of the Tuesday August 19, 2014 Hoboken Board of Education meeting, Board President Leon Gold resigned as the Board President. There was no prior public notice and no explanation was given. Dr. Gold will remain a member of the Hoboken Board of Education. Gold received state and national attention when he was quoted in as being critical of Governor Chris Christie's administration's stance on charter schools and the consequences of "white flight*" on traditional public schools in Hoboken. 

The new Board President will be Ms. Ruth McAllister. McAllister is the chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Board of Education. She has been vocal for the past few months on how much better the Hoboken School District is now than when when she was first elected back in 2009. I'm sure the new QSAC DPR for INSTRUCTION AND PROGRAM will provide some objective evidence of her claim. The district's appeal of their June 16, 2014 decision letter should be finalized soon.  

Gold emphasized that he was speaking in a personal capacity, and not on behalf of the entire Hoboken Board of Education.