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Parents Have a Right to Choose Hatikvah

Writer asks why only a few are "allowed to derail and hold hostage the plans of this fine school, Hatikvah?"

Dear Editor,

I have been a resident and taxpayer in East Brunswick for 18 years.  Three of my children have graduated from East Brunswick High School.  I was reasonably happy with the education they received. One special needs child attended school out of the district and I appreciated having that option available to us.

I believe that parents have the right and responsibility to seek the best education for their children.  Today, East Brunswick is blessed with several fine options for public school education, one of which is the Hatikvah International Charter School. Why are two or three rabidly vocal detractors allowed to derail and hold hostage the plans of this fine school, Hatikvah?  

Why are these people allowed, with the apparent approval and encouragement of the presiding officer of the town council, an extremely young and childish acting Mr. Michael Hughes, who should have instead served as a neutral moderator, to delay and delay and run up legal fees paid by taxpayers such as myself. 

Surely we can find another use for the $100,000 already spent on these frivolous proceedings.

Three of my grandchildren attend Hatikvah and they love it.  One grandchild has difficulty in large groups and the staff and teachers have made every accommodation for him.  He is now one of the star pupils and a joy to his teacher.

This delay is unacceptable.  We voters and taxpayers deserve better in East Brunswick.

Virginia Rockwell

Anne January 07, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Keep It Fair, I've read the minutes and see no such thing. Why don't you tell us what page of the minutes contains these women contesting the variance at the church? If the school is going to rely on repeated LIES as its defense, it will eventually fail.
Paying Attention January 07, 2013 at 06:06 PM
What is not transparent about this process is why the Eisenreich Family Foundation has invested $2,715,000 to purchase 7 Lexington Ave and providing private support for the Hatikvah attorney, first to go against the EB School Board and now against the EB Council. And how is it that the same attorney can double dip with a salary from the township while being in their pay. I, for one, appreciate that a few good citizens have invested their time and personal funds to bring this to light.
It's a conspiracy! January 07, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Please provide documentation that the attorney, who as you write had "first gone against the EB School Board" and now "against the EB Council" is the same attorney. Next, please provide documentation that the Eisenreich Family Foundation is paying for "private support" for the attorney. Because otherwise, your statements are slanderous. Finally, post the list of the "few good citizens" that chipped in to the appeal fund. I think the public should see it since you feel so strongly about transparency. Thanks.
Paying Attention January 09, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I submitted a response to "It's a conspiracy" previously but notice that was not posted, so I will repost my reply now. Point 1: I don't know how many attorneys the Eisenreich Foundation has retained to represent Hatikvah. I only meant to say that it has paid attorneys for the school. I revise my first sentence as follows: "...and retained one or more attorneys to represent Hatikvah in court against the EB School Board and before the EB Planning Board and Council." Point 2: By "private support" I referred to the nature of the funding. I used "private" to contrast "public" funding via tax dollars. Supporters of Hatikvah have complained that legal actions against Hatikvah by the EB School District wasted tax (public) dollars but, in fact, both the applicant for the use variance and those who have brought the appeal have been supported by private (non- tax) dollars. Point 3: I cannot name names of people I do not know but from the articles and comments that have appeared in EBPatch this week, it is clear that those who oppose siting a public school in a warehouse are far greater than the two who are appealing the use variance. Many good citizens appearing before EB Council and participating in this discussion have identified themselves by name. Others, perhaps fearing the personal attacks that you and others employ, have decided to protect themselves with pseudonyms, as you have done. It's their choice and right.
Jarhead May 30, 2013 at 03:24 PM
When the township loses another case against the charter school what happens next? More stalling tactics by the Clowncil to ensure the school can't make the improvements in time for a September opening. The whole S.O.S. movement smells like the long tentacles of the NJEA are behind it. Don't dare challange the authority of the Cartel. They have been in charge so long they think they should be the only game in town. I hope the next time the Clowncil members who voted against the school and the two S.O.S. operatives say, "It's only about the safety of the children" we can all watch as their noses grow.It's all about a challange to the public schools cartel and that will not be tolerated.

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