Quality Education

Quality education begins with high expectations. For too long our schools have been satisfied with "good enough." Except in rare cases, our students have not been pushed to excel, to aim for the best colleges, to reach their full potential. The tone must be set at the top and the Real Results team will make sure Hoboken hires a superintendent who puts academic achievement at the top of the to-do list.We'll hire a search firm to expand the hunt to out-of-state applicants, candidates from private-sector education companies and administrators from top charter-school groups and organizations such as Teach for America and The New Teacher Project, where Washington, D.C.'s standout super, Michelle Rhee, earned her stripes.

Quality education depends on an environment conducive to learning. We intend to find a superintendent who knows the importance of discipline in the schools and structure in the classroom--someone who, for example, will enforce the district's policy of requiring students to wear uniforms. We need a leader who will take us to the next level.

Quality education also means a focus on the basics in the lower grades because those grades are the building blocks for a student's entire school career. Students who don't read well or don't know their times tables by the end of third grade will probably never be good at these crucial skills. This means that the drift away from phonics in our schools over the past few years must be reversed, that it's not okay for grade-school children to use calculators, that spelling tests and homework must not be unusual occurrences. Students will not achieve unless serious standards are set and students are pushed to meet them. Two years ago, the district eliminated honor rolls in grades 1-5; Real Results will aim to bring them back because everyone--children and adults, parents and teachers--needs an incentive and a reward for working hard.

Our school system already has many strengths and we intend to build on them. There are excellent teachers at all grade levels. The International Baccalaureate program at the high school is a major attraction for keeping the brightest students in the public schools, as is the burgeoning Johns Hopkins gifted-and-talented program in the K-8 grades. Our special education department is recognized for providing top-notch programs, and neighboring districts pay tuition for their students to come here. The theater program at the high school has won wide acclaim under the direction of Paula Ohaus, but it's under threat from the current school board. We will make sure that program continues to prosper. And let's not forget our long-popular pre-k program, which is probably the best education deal in the state and is increasingly drawing more parents to enroll their children in the grade schools.

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Draw on our years of management and business experience to conduct a thorough and professional search for a new superintendent to lead our district.

Make academic excellence an immediate priority. Raise expectations.

Emphasize an approach to education that favors proven methods of instruction, such as phonics to teach reading and times tables in math classes.

Remember that children learn best when there is structure and discipline within a nurturing, supportive classroom environment.

Enforce the policy that requires all students to wear a uniform.