Thank you so much for hosting the forum on Oct 20 on appointed vs elected BOE. The panelists had a civil debate and I hope the public learned more about the pros and cons of each side. I remain convinced that moving to an elected board would bring more politics, more money, more narrow interests into the Board of Education and an appointed board is the best chance for maximum diversity and skill sets. Our magnet school system is too unique to risk.

There is no evidence that an elected board would be more accountable or qualified than an appointed board. I’ve lived here for over 30 years and put three children through the Montclair public school system. The magnet school system, which allowed them to form friendships with kids all over town, not just their neighborhoods, was central to their character development. Going to diverse schools made them better equipped to go to college and be comfortable working in diverse environments than many of their peers. Don’t put that at risk by changing a system that’s worked for decades. Vote No on the BOE referendum!

Donna Amato


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