Electing a Board of Education

Vote Montclair’s current focus is helping Montclair join 97% of the other municipalities in New Jersey where local boards of education are elected by voters rather than appointed by the mayor.

Following a series of public surveys, community outreach and research into the many related legal and technical questions, we will be launching a petition drive in February to trigger a referendum on the issue.

To cover the anticipated expenses of the petition drive we have launched a GoFundMe with an initial target of $12,000. All proceeds will go to covering the legal fees for the campaign’s attorney, Judge James S. Rothschild, Jr. of leading education law firm Riker Danzig, and the technology needed for an legally-compliant online petition. (Supporters can also contribute to the effort via PayPal or Venmo by clicking here).

We will also be needing help with canvassing and outreach. Those who are interested should let us know here, even if you already did so on one of our earlier surveys.

Finally, we have compiled a detailed F.A.Q. covering many of the legal and technical issues related to the conversion of Montclair’s Board of Education from one appointed by the mayor to one elected by its voters.

Be Notified When Petition Launches

Leave your email below to be notified when the official petition required to trigger a referendum on converting the BOE is launched, as well as other key milestones on the way to an elected BOE for Montclair.

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Wednesday Campaign Zooms

We are currently hosting Zooms every Wednesday night for supporters, as well as other locals with questions or comments on the campaign. We are currently hosting Zooms every Wednesday night for supporters, as well as other locals with questions or comments on the campaign. Note that Wednesday Zoom will be held normally at 7:30, but at 6:30 on evenings with Board of Education meetings (BOE meeting calendar is here).

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81284124312?pwd=ZzM1cHNlUGtHaXhHWERNd1RMeWZ5UT09

Meeting ID: 812 8412 4312
Passcode: 948128

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