|Figure 1: Free and Reduced Lunch is 49% in Hoboken Public Schools|
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But, its simply not true. In fact, the percentage of students in Hoboken who attend the traditional public schools who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch has dropped significantly over the past 9 years (from 75% to 49%) but state mandated test scores have not risen nor have they remained stable over that period of time...in fact since 2009-10 scores on various state tests, SAT's continue to lag behind even minimal expectations, enrollment continues to drop (especially in the high school with resident students) and claims of "progress" and "greatness" permeate.
There was a time the percentage was high. In a New York Times article "Hoboken's Rebirth Fuels School Aid Formula Fight." In the article Hoboken school officials used a demographic argument in favor of sustaining their Abbott status and high state aid.
In Hoboken, for example, school officials said that a majority of their students come from housing projects, not the upscale condos whose owners often send their children to private or parochial schools. Seventy-five percent of the district’s students are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced lunch, the seventh-highest level among all Abbott districts, according to state statistics. Union City is first, with 92.7 percent, followed by Passaic (84.7 percent) and Asbury Park (81.9 percent). -NY TimesHoboken was being accurate, back in 2007 when The New York Times pointed out that it had the seventh highest percentage of students in the Abbotts who were FRL-eligible, but in 2015 and 2016 this is no longer the case. However, according to the most current data from the Education Law Center, Hoboken's FRL-eligibility has fallen to 49%, only the 30th highest among the Abbotts. I suspect the percentage is even lower as the data tends to be at least a year or two behind.
2013-14 School Year
|Asbury Park City*||93%|
|City of Orange*||86%|
|West New York||81%|
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