So what if 97% of towns have elected school boards? Montclair is different (Letter to the editor)
PHOTO BY ERIN ROLL
Montclair is different!
Ninety-seven percent of New Jersey towns have elected boards. That is not a reason for us to change a successful system to one that would require fundraising, campaigns and all the expenses connected to the election process.
Since 1977, the magnet school program has been in effect — initiated by the board of education and maintained by it.
An appointed board reflects the diversity of the town, while an elected one could be skewed by not having representatives of the entire community.
This issue has risen over the years — usually when a specific issue becomes paramount to any small group (busing, charter schools, etc.). And it has been defeated every time.
Just vote no to changing Montclair’s school board to an elected one, and be proud of our system.
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