“Save our Schools Montclair” just sent out a press release clarifying their position on busing to support the Magnet system in response to Karen Turner’s reported position in yesterday’s New York Times article on Montclair’s municipal elections. Turner supports the magnet system, but suggests that students could use New Jersey Transit buses, instead of school buses, citing cost as a factor.
According to the article, Karen Turner (Real Progress Montclair), has “called for a re-examination of school busing that dates to the 1970s, citing its cost” and “supports the magnet system that has integrated Montclair’s schools, but wonders if students could use New Jersey Transit rather than school buses.”(emphasis added)
Please read the full text of the article here: After Spending Freely, Liberal Town Faces Fight on Frugality
SOS Montclair strongly opposes this reported position. Busing makes our Magnet system viable by providing every child in town with true access to every school.
Please also note that last year, the Board of Education, via the Transportation Working Group, thoroughly examined costs and alternatives associated with busing. While some cost savings were found and implemented, this report found that maintaining a robust busing service is critical to maintaining the Magnet school system.
“Save our Schools” also comments on Turner’s position on library funding:
On a separate issue, please also note that the article clarifies Ms. Turner’s position on library funding, saying “she says she supports libraries but wants to consider privatizing them.” (emphasis added)
We urge you to carefully consider which candidates will best safeguard educational priorities for our children, and remember to vote TODAY, May 8.