Thank you for hosting the forum on Type I or Type II boards of education. I must say that I do not think the proponents of either side of this argument were particularly convincing either way.

What I do find horrifyingly convincing are the myriad news stories in national outlets about efforts across the country to recall elected school boards because of mind-boggling paranoia about “teaching critical race theory” in public schools. The most recent piece described the infusion of political action committee money into recall efforts in Mequon-Theinsville, Wisconsin (school population 3,500), predicated on fears of “anti-white racism.”

Nationally, we are in the midst of a very scary backlash against a long-overdue awakening to the systemic racism upon which our nation has been built. The reactionary narrow-mindedness that hopes to dominate mid-term elections in 2022 and take the road to the White House in 2024 is being forged and solidified at the hyper-local level. School boards provide emotionally charged soil in which to plant seeds of politically disastrous thinking.

Elections of school board members, which might be swayed by a handful of votes given the usual turnout, threaten to turn Montclair’s educational system into a political pawn in a much larger drama. All politics is local, as the saying goes, but the data are also showing that it’s less local than it used to be.

I will be voting against an elected school board.

Sam Huber


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