I am calling on Hoboken Board of Education Trustee, Frances Rhodes Kearns to reconsider her seat after what I witnessed at last night's Hoboken BoE meeting.
Board President, Dr. Leon Gold revealed that Mrs. Rhodes-Kearns had asked the HBoE attorney to investigate one of the district schools PTO's because they had written, printed and provided an envelope to their school's parents supporting the Superintendent's impact statement to DoE Commissioner Cerf and asking that he NOT approve the expansion of Hola Dual Language Charter School because of the negative budgetary impact it would have on their children's education.
Why would a public school trustee, Frances Rhodes Kearns want to investigate a public school PTO for advocating for their children's education while supporting their Superintendent? Even more curious considering she publicly applauded the Hola PTO for their passionate advocacy only a few months prior.
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If Frances Rhodes-Kearns wants to advocate for Charter Schools I would suggest that she relinquish her seat on the Hoboken Board of Education and ask for a seat on the unelected Hola Dual Language Charter board. Not that Hola would need another politician in their corner they already have a very powerful board and is supported by; State Senator Brian Stack, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Hoboken Councilman and NYC public school teacher David Mello, Hoboken Councilman Ravi Bhalla, Hoboken Councilwoman Theresa Castellano, Hoboken Councilman Michael Russo, Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason, Hoboken Councilman Tim Occhipinti, Assemblyman and Hola parent Carmelo Garcia.
I wish my traditional public school had that kind of fire power behind it. I wonder who is left to support our public school students? A traditional public school district that supports a wide range of students, including the neediest children in this community, the low income and often minority students? They certainly can't count on Frances Rhodes Kearns.
It is unfortunate that the existing State funding formula pits one set of parents against each other. A situation where one local school districts' gain is another school district's loss. But I would fully expect a sitting Board member of the Hoboken Board of Education to advocate for the students and parents of the District she was elected and sworn to support, NOT call for an investigation of her district parents!