Wednesday, November 17, 2021

New High School To Be Proposed For "Growing" Hoboken District

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Patch reports that the Hoboken Board of Education announced in a message to the school community Tuesday that due to enrollment increases and the aging of the district's school buildings — "many of them built before 1910" — the district will present plans for a new high school to the city's Planning Board next month. There will also be a special election regarding the plans in January, the board said.

Hoboken was built in 1962 and currently holds grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. However, the district enrollment in Hoboken High School as estimated by the Hoboken Board of Education's ASSA Report is quite low and does not exhibit significant growth in any meaningful manner (see Figure 1). Keep in mind, Hoboken High School had an original student capacity of 1500 students (see Figure 2). 

Figure 1: 2021-22 ASSA Report 
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How many students are currently in Hoboken High School? Based on the 2021-22 ASSA report, there are 433 total students in Hoboken high school including "choice" (non resident) students. Omitting non resident students leaves approximately 310 Hoboken resident students in Hoboken High School (see Figure 3). Presented in a different way, Hoboken High School is at 20% capacity from the original 1962 1500 student floor plan. 

Here is a post detailing the student enrollment capacity of Hoboken High School from the original plans developed in 1962: CLICK HERE 

Figure 2: Hoboken High School Student Capacity was 1500 in 1962
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Figure 3: Distribution of Choice Students Throughout
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The Hoboken Board claims that district enrollment has been growing since 2015, reversing a trend from the previous decades.

"The district has been focused on integration of the community and service to the community as part of our educational goals. We are thrilled to present to the community a facilities project, including a new high school, that will meet the needs of our growing population," said the board in its message.

A new Hoboken High School may be warranted for any number of different reasons. But there seems to be little justification for a new high school based on current or future student enrollment. There is good reason to question enrollment projection by the Hoboken Board of Education.  As recent as the Spring of 2020 the Hoboken Board of Education predicted a large enrollment increase for the 2020-21 school year. That enrollment increase never materialized

Plans will be presented to the Planning Board next month. The special election will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Hoboken Community Blood Drive - Friday Nov 19, 2021 Jubilee Center

The holidays are always a critical time for blood supplies. Please consider participating in the 2021 Hoboken Community Blood Drive. Each unit you donate (about 1 pint) can be divided into the three primary components — red blood cells, plasma, and platelets — saving up to three lives.

Learn about each step of your blood donation: CLICK HERE  

Facts about Blood Donations from the Mayo Clinic: CLICK HERE

To sign up for the Hoboken Community Blood Drive: CLICK HERE 


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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Veteran's Day- Hoboken, NJ 2021

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces (who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War IMajor hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. 

Here are some pictures of the Veteran's Day observation in Hoboken, NJ on November 11, 2021 as well as a story from Hudson County View











Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Teachers Worked More Hours Than Usual in the '20-'21 School Year - hours rise more than those in other professions.


This study, published this month in Educational Researcher
uses nationally representative data for the United States from the Basic Monthly Current Population Survey to document how teachers’ hours of work have changed in 2020 and 2021 relative to typical labor supply levels and to the hours worked by other college-educated professional workers. Controlling for demographics, teachers’ hours decreased early in the pandemic, but throughout the 2020–2021 school year teachers have been working more than usual. The increase is slightly more pronounced for veteran teachers and for females. The findings emphasize the increased demands of the teaching profession during the global pandemic.


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Teachers’ Working Hours During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Tony Petrosino on Scribd

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Hoboken Board of Education Results - November 2021

Hoboken School Board Results

In addition to the mayor/council race, four candidates ran for three spots on the Hoboken Board of Education. The results (not fully final) are as follows: 

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Detailed results from the Hudson County Clerk's Office: CLICK HERE 


Congratulations to All 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Hoboken Dual Language Charter School Excels in First Ever US News and World Report Rankings for K-8 Schools

In the first-ever U.S. News & World Report ranking of private and public K-8 schools, the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HOLA) was ranked in the top 11% of all NJ Elementary Schools and in the top 5% of all NJ Middle Schools.  As an early supporter and Board member, I am incredibly proud that Hola continues to offer a top-tier public education to all children of Hoboken while also helping to foster the next generation of bilingual global citizens. 

Rankings are just one measure of a school community, but rankings are an objective and independent way of comparing schools.


If you are interested in the U.S. News & World Report methodology please read more here


Hoboken's tax base is essentially unlimited (Local Fair Share = $239 mil for 3177 students; tax levy = $53 mil). Its spending at $29,672 per student is #2 in NJ among K-12 districts (after Asbury Park). Sharing PILOT revenue w/ charters isn't "defunding" by any reasonable person's definition, but charter haters are gonna hate.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

American Rescue Plan- Award Allocation for Elysian, Hoboken Charter, Hola, and the Hoboken Public School District Tops $7.5 million

 New Jersey’s school leaders are getting a first look this week at the details for more than $2.7 billion in federal pandemic aid heading to their public schools.

Needless to say, the amounts for many districts are dizzying, yet so are the processes and procedures for how it will all work.

Here is how money will be distributed to the three Hoboken public charter schools: 

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And here is how much relief money will come to the Hoboken School District:

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The money will be used primarily in the following three ways: 


1) Supporting Students Most Impacted by the Pandemic: The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) will provide guidance and technical assistance on the use of ARP ESSER funds that highlight how allowable activities may be used to advance educational equity. As part of their ARP ESSER Use of Funds application, LEAs will be required to provide information on their plans to use ARP ESSER funds to implement an equitable and inclusive return to in-person instruction. 

2) Addressing the Academic Impact of Lost Instructional Time: New Jersey plans to establish an “Acceleration Coach and Educator Support” formula grant for districts. New Jersey will use a weighted enrollment allocation formula that assigns additional weight to lower grade bands, Limited English Proficient Students, and students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Districts will use the grant funds to implement professional learning for staff to help better understand the needs of their students with regard to learning acceleration and interventions. Funds also will be used in developing positive school climate, implementing social and emotional learning supports, supporting culturally responsive teaching practices, increasing digital and data literacy, engaging educators and parents in the community to personalize students’ learning, identifying disproportionate impacts of COVID-19, and other services to support educators meeting the needs of their students. 

3) Investing in Summer Learning and Expanded Afterschool Programs: The state plans to develop a Summer Enrichment Activities formula grant to districts to support summer learning academies and tutoring, professional learning for educators, and education and training programs for parents and caregivers. Districts must target funds to content areas most impacted by COVID-19, such as STEM, younger grade levels, or performing arts. Additionally, the state plans to establish a Comprehensive Beyond the School Day Activities formula grant which will support implementation of research-based programs such as tutoring and broader learning supports to families and educators.







Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Hoboken Public School District to Require Proof of Vaccination for Students: Students 12 and older must show proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing

The Hoboken Public School District has announced that students 12 and older must show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 for the upcoming school year, or face weekly testing.

The new requirements were revealed in a reopening plan by the school district. Students along with staff members in the district that do not have proof of vaccination must undergo weekly tests for COVID onsite every Friday, beginning September 17.

The district will also randomly select a percentage (equaling New Jersey’s positivity rate) of students who are not yet age eligible for vaccinations for weekly COVID testing each week starting on September 17.

While the recent lifting of emergency approval for Pfizer doesn’t cover young people ages 12 to 15, these young people can still get the Pfizer vaccine through emergency use authorization. No Covid vaccines have been authorized or approved for use in children under 12. -NBC News August 23, 2021 
Parents and guardians of selected students will be notified two days in advance on Wednesdays so they can either be present for testing, or make arrangements for their child to be tested elsewhere.

Hoboken Staff must also either show proof of vaccination or submit to COVID testing. It is unclear if the district's wording of "staff members" includes teachers and administrators (see Figure 1). 


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Full Hoboken Reporter Story: CLICK HERE 


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Hoboken School District Receives $5,806,503 in COVID-19 Relief Money - Gov. Murphy Expected to Announce Vaccine Mandate for NJ Teachers

Hoboken, NJ (1978)
Photo by Virginia Parrott
Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce a mandate requiring all New Jersey teachers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming days, according to a report from NJ Advance Media.

According to the report, the Garden State would be the third state to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for teachers, behind California and Washington. The report cites two sources "with knowledge of Murphy's plans," calling the announcement "imminent."

It is not clear if the Hoboken Board of Education will be enacting an incentive plan as some communities. For instance, some districts are offering $500 incentives to school staff and teachers who have been vaccinated

It is worth noting that the Hoboken School District received $5,806,503 in NJ School Emergency Relief Funds in May of 2021 (see Figure 1). Might they offer vaccination incentives? Or perhaps the Hoboken Board of Education may want to consider returning the $3.8 million they unnecessarily caused taxpayers to pay by overestimating enrollment last year? Or maybe they have some other plan for how they intend to use the funds? 

Figure 1: NJ School Emergency Relief Funds (Hoboken, NJ)


The announcement of the incentive comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials have raised the COVID-19 alert level and reported that hospitalizations are rising at accelerated rates among all age groups, including children.


Hoboken Proposes $1,000 for City Employees Who Get Vaccinated


HOBOKEN, N.J. — In an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, Hoboken proposed to pay each city employee $1,000 to get the shot.

The city announced the proposal this week as part of a detailed plan, which covers revitalizing small businesses and rent relief for residents, following the procurement of more than $27 million in federal funds.

But the so-called “Hoboken Rescue Plan” raised some eyebrows.

It includes “$600,000 in financial incentives to encourage Hoboken municipal employees to get vaccinated.”

Some quick math shows that, with roughly 600 full time city employees on the payroll, each would be eligible to receive $1,000 — and that money could come to them even if they are already vaccinated.

Completed vaccinations in NJ by county. Hudson County between 70%-80% as of August 16th.


The proposal sparked plenty of conversation online and along Washington street Wednesday.

Citizens, officials and a city spokesperson shared their thoughts with PIX11’s Andrew Ramos in the video above.

Full story and video link to the WPIX story: CLICK HERE 



Monday, June 21, 2021

Hoboken Public Schools: 1 in 5 Employees Earn More Than $100K+ a Year in a District Where Less Than 1 in 10 Grade 7-12 Students are Proficient in Mathematics and 6 in 10 Are Not Reading at Grade Level

Figure 1: US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT 2021
According to recent data published by US News and World Report (see Figure 1), the Hoboken Public School District is a district where less than half the students in grades 7 to 12 are reading at grade level.  The Hoboken Public School District is also a district where less than 1 out of 10 of those same students are proficient in mathematics. Some people may think these scores are low, but in Hoboken administrators and district leaders win awards, gain recognition, and receive accolades regardless of these abysmal scores.   

The Hoboken Public School District is also a district where 87 employees of the district have salaries above $100,000 a year not including health benefits and pension. The number of employees at Hoboken Public School District in year 2019 was 360 (see link below). 

It would appear that middle and high school student performance and district employee compensation have little to do with each other. Perhaps if people weren't so busy tweeting and posting to social media about "accomplishments" some actual student learning of mathematics and the ability to read would be taking place. 

Niche.com Hoboken HS Ratings 

To be clear, I support quality teaching and believe it should be acknowledged, recognized, rewarded. For instance, while Assistant Superintendent I helped finalize a 14% raise for a 3 year contract for teachers but results were expected. Hoboken High School was independently recognized as the 2nd most improved school in NJ and the district was recognized in successive years by US News and World Report.  

As the 2021-22 school year approaches and the pandemic subsides, it will be interesting to see if the multi-year and pre-pandemic trend of unending praise, tweets, social media posts, and awards as well as salary increases and contract extensions for much less than mediocre results continue...or if there will be a recommitment to teach reading and mathematics in an effective manner within a District impacted not only by the pandemic but by the recent years of ineffective practices and policies

To view individual salaries please point your browser to: 

https://govsalaries.com/salaries/NJ/hoboken-public-school-district


This information was also Tweeted....here are the statistics: 

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