For Montclair candidates Harvey Susswein and Tim Barr have put some questions about education to their opponents at Real Progress Montclair. And they’re making it known that they welcome questions from the other slates.
1. Educators know that a quality pre-K education is an important marker of a child’s future success in school. Do you support continuing our tradition that that any Montclair child, regardless of ability to pay, can get a quality Pre-K education?
2. Montclair’s Magnet School program, along with the bussing that makes it possible, was developed as a creative response to the Federal desegregation order Montclair is still subject to. Do you support the Magnet School program?
3. You’ve spoken of identifying all non-mandated programs currently funded by Montclair. Offering a full-day kindergarten is not required by the state–NJ mandates only a half-day. Are you in favor of retaining full-day kindergarten, even if the state does not require it?
4. A charter school has been proposed in Montclair, which would divert millions of dollars from an already strapped K-12 budget. Do you support or oppose establishment of a charter school in Montclair?