Hoboken Parents Look To Start New Charter School

A group of parents is applying for a charter for a science school.

A group of Hoboken parents is trying to start a new charter school in Hoboken.

Hoboken currently has three charter schools—, and dual language school —and the parents want to add one more: DaVinci, a school that is supposed to be focused on science and math. 

The parents are asking Hobokenites—especially parents with young or school aged children—to fill out a survey to gauge interest in the idea. 

Charter schools receive funding from the Hoboken Board of Education and are public, but can govern their schools independently. The director of a charter school effectively functions as its superintendent, and the charter schools in town do not fall under the responsibility of the Hoboken Board of Education. 

According to an email from Laura Siegel, one of the parents involved, the proposed school is supposed to open in 2013. The first year the school will have Kindergarten through Second Grade and will expand to Fifth Grade. 

The charter application is due on April 2, Siegel said. If approved, the charter will be granted by the state in September. 

johnsmith February 22, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Hola wasn't originally proposed as a charter?
leafy February 22, 2012 at 03:38 PM
New in town, Mr. Smith?
David Mello May 09, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Kathy - Thank you for continually pointing out the lack of three-bedroom, market-rate units in Hoboken. This is a severe problem that will drive families out of our city.
ConcernedParent May 09, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I have a child in a public school and let me tell you something... the vast majority of the parents with children K-2 grade are in our school are on the waiting list to a Charter School. Nobody turns down an opportunity to go to the charter school once they get a spot, even if it's less convenient to where they live than the public school. The unfortunate reality is such that those who can afford it, send their kids to private and others are really hoping for a spot in one of the charter schools. I know families who pulled their kids from public school and send to private at a great financial strain to their family budget. So yes, there is an overwhelming need for another charter school in this community, especially amongst families with early elementary and PreK age children. Voting against the proposed DaVinci school is not going to make the demand go away. Instead of spending their energy and money on opposition, the board should take a really hard look as to why so many parents are not happy with the district schools, why they like Charter Schools so much more and look for the ways to imitate the positives in those schools and for ways to improve in general (hint: SmartBoards don't teach, teachers do! Reward good teachers, replace the bad/indifferent ones)
Hoboken1653 May 09, 2012 at 06:50 PM
"Reward good teachers, replace the bad/indifferent ones" AMEN!!! Good luck with the Teacher's union on that on though


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