An updated inside look at the finances of the campaign for an elected board of education in Montclair

Back in May, when the Montclair Township clerk certified our petition to have our local school board reclassified from an appointed Type I to an elected Type II, we published a detailed look at the finance of the effort. The idea was to not only be transparent about our finances, but also to demonstrate thatContinue reading “An updated inside look at the finances of the campaign for an elected board of education in Montclair”

Statement on the victory of the Elected Board of Education referendum in Montclair

This election was about the basics of local democracy and public services: About residents in our Township enjoying the same voting rights as in other communities, and then using these rights to ensure that our most precious residents—our children—are given the best public education possible. The effort to give Montclair an elected Board of EducationContinue reading “Statement on the victory of the Elected Board of Education referendum in Montclair”

Montclair League of Women Voters’ president outed as letter-writing “sock puppet”

One of the major ironies of the referendum for an elected Board of Education in Montclair is the awkward fact that the group that is fighting most doggedly against giving township residents the right to vote for their local school board is the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area, the regional branch ofContinue reading “Montclair League of Women Voters’ president outed as letter-writing “sock puppet””

Township voids Vote Montclair election date change referendum effort

On Friday we received a letter via email from Township Attorney Ira Karasick that Township Clerk Angelese Bermúdez-Nieves must reject Vote Montclair’s petition for a referendum on moving our quadrennial municipal elections from May to November. In his letter Karasick enumerated five deficiencies in the petition, most notably an allegedly fatal flaw involving the movingContinue reading “Township voids Vote Montclair election date change referendum effort”

The Hard Data on Ending Soft Voter Suppression in Montclair

When New Jersey state law was changed a decade ago to allow for nonpartisan local elections to be held alongside partisan statewide and national elections, the Montclair Township Council considered and then rejected a proposal to move our local elections from May to November. Opponents of the reform claimed that there was no evidence suggestingContinue reading “The Hard Data on Ending Soft Voter Suppression in Montclair”

Vote Montclair launches referendum petition for municipal election date change

A month after the successful conclusion of its effort to put schoolboard democracy on this November’s ballot, Vote Montclair has launched a petition initiative aimed at moving the Township’s quadrennial municipal elections from May to November, to increase voter turnout and engagement. The new petition, which can be found here, would put Montclair on trackContinue reading “Vote Montclair launches referendum petition for municipal election date change”

An inside look at the finances of the campaign for an elected board of education in Montclair

Politics in Montclair—and especially politics surrounding public education—often involve claims and counter-claims about the money raised and spent to further one or another candidate or cause. The upcoming referendum on reclassifying the Township’s board of education from mayoral-appointed to popularly elected will likely be no different. Because of this, I would like to be asContinue reading “An inside look at the finances of the campaign for an elected board of education in Montclair”

Referendum on elected BOE headed to November ballot in Montclair

The movement to have Montclair join the 97% of New Jersey municipalities where voters rather than politicians choose who sits on the local board of education has reached a key milestone, with Township Clerk Angelese Bermúdez Nieves giving official notice that the petition had been declared “sufficient.” This means that, barring a successful legal challengeContinue reading “Referendum on elected BOE headed to November ballot in Montclair”

A response to Mayor Spiller’s statement on an elected Board of Education in Montclair

Earlier today two important, and probably not unrelated, milestones occurred in the ongoing initiative to have Montclair join the 98% of other towns in New Jersey with local school boards elected by voters rather than selected by mayors. We received official word from the Township clerk’s office of their receipt of 2,004 signature sheets forContinue reading “A response to Mayor Spiller’s statement on an elected Board of Education in Montclair”

In Montclair, where teachers union is mighty, calls grow for elected school board (Northjersey.com)

“Calls for the Montclair Board of Education to move from a mayor-appointed board to an elected body are growing louder. At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, outgoing member Sergio Gonzalez asked residents to join him in signing a petition, sponsored by a resident group, VoteMontclair, to put a referendum on the November ballot toContinue reading “In Montclair, where teachers union is mighty, calls grow for elected school board (Northjersey.com)”