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Residents Appeal Hatikvah Decision

Two residents have appealed a July decision that allows the charter school to renovate a warehouse into a new school.

Two East Brunswick residents are appealing a decision to grant the Hatikvah School International Academy Charter School a variance to renovate a warehouse into a school building.

Deborah E. Cornavaca and Christine Rampolla filed an appeal on Aug. 20 that states, among other reasons, the variance should not have been granted because “there was a conflict of interest,” and that “the board did not permit a complete record to be made.”

In July, the Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a variance that will allow Hatikvah to renovate the warehouse into a school, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"hatikvah-gets-waiver-to-expand"} -->. The building, 7 Lexington Ave., is located in a planned industrial zone and a variance is needed to open a school in the zone. The warehouse is surrounded by similar warehouses, including

Lori Trachtenberg Ginsberg October 18, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Christine, you're right, I apologize for my tone. To your point that we should all care about our community, I agree. Having seen both schools in action, I can say that while my older daughter has been lucky that almost all of her teachers are skilled educators, there are gaps in her education. The BOE is responsible ultimately for the curriculum and they do not focus sufficiently on critical thinking skills that are essential for success in today's world. This is one of the key gaps being addressed by Hatikvah. The bottom line is, parents are being given an opportunity to select the educational philosophy they think is best for their child. Those who care about our children will support that choice. It may not be right for you, but that doesn't mean it's not right for others. Distracting Hatikvah's leadership from their most important mission, educating children, shows a lack of regard for the children. Likewise, the BOE focus on trying to shut down Hatikvah deprived our public school children of the 100% focus on their education they deserve. You may well think you're doing something helpful, but in reality you are wasting precious resources and hurting children. I know you won't agree, but I hope you'll at least give it some thought. Thank you.
Tacy Flora January 11, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Solution - why not approve McGinnis school. It was a school previously.
Inna March 23, 2013 at 06:08 AM
Please name at least one good privet school that middleclass income family can afford nowadays. Rutgers Prep tuition for next year starts in 25K for K!!! and public education is so behind in providing education for our children... they are all counting the money - no one cares about the kids, nor education, nor tests scores...
Inna March 23, 2013 at 06:17 AM
1000% (yes, 1000%) agree with Lori about "Blue Ribbon" - we moved to EB just for this reason. We are very disappointed with the school system overall. There is nothing besides the tax increase into nowhere every year... 2% for next school year again???
John Romano March 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM
The "Pro-Charter" sector will use their standard argument that charter schools provide "quality education" in needy communities, and give a chance that every child, regardless of race, income, etc., can succeed. First, I can't really classify East Brunswick as a "needy community". Second, in those communities, every child is NOT accounted for in the charter "system" due to the exclusive nature of the school. Limited enrollment, academic or behavioral issues, and maybe even a dress code expense can be a factor that will exclude a student from a charter school. As a private enterprise, a charter school also has direct control over who their student population is. Again, I just can't see the "needy community" argument holding true in EB as a basis to justify ANY charter school. Another concern with this privatization of public education is the very nature of business. A business’s primary goal is to enhance the bottom line. There is something seriously and ethically wrong with a business model that uses children as a product to fill the till. Charter schools are funded, in part, by tax dollars. Based upon enrollment, school taxes are taken from the public schools and given to the charter school. The other funding for the schools comes from private investors. Ultimately, the benefactor in this entire school-for-profit scheme is the investor. They are basically making money on our tax dollars.

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