For Montclair Mayoral Candidate Harvey Susswein and At-Large Candidate Tim Barr released a statement Monday in which the two asked a series of questions to their Real Progress Montclair opponents led by Mayoral Candidate Karen Turner.
The questions come just a few weeks before the May 8 local nonpartisan election.
Susswein and Barr say they are releasing the questions: “To help inform the public as to differences between the slates running for township council, we respectfully pose the following questions to Real Progress Montclair. We, in turn, would be pleased to respond to any questions from other slates” noted the candidates."
Patch has asked Real Progress Montclair for a response, as well as Susswein and Barr for answers to their own questions. However, For Montclair says that "our questions seem to imply our answers but we will certainly clarify if asked." In the meantime, here are the questions posed by For Montclair:
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?
For Montclair has posted its slate’s positions on a range of issues on its website www.formontclair.com.