Coalition on Race to Host 3rd Board of Education Candidates Forum of Season

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The Schools Committee of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is hosting its 11th Annual Forum for Candidates for the Board of Education on Tuesday evening, October 25, 7:00 p.m. at Marshall Elementary School in South Orange.

The forum joins two question and answer sessions scheduled for the Board of Education candidates: a forum moderated by Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and South Orange Village President Sheena Collum on September 13 at The Baird in South Orange and a forum hosted by the Hilton Neighborhood Association at the DeHart Community Center in Maplewood on October 20.

The Coalition on Race Schools Committee will present a series of questions on October 25 to the candidates that challenge them to consider the relationship between school policies and integration in our community.

The Schools Committee states that its goal is “an integral part of the Coalition’s broader pro-integrative mission — to investigate best practices in achieving stably integrated schools in which students of all races are expected and encouraged to excel in a community that is proud and supportive of its students.  A candid dialogue on issues around race in our school district is an imperative step toward integration and inclusiveness in our community.”

This year there are five candidates vying for the three seats on the nine-person Board of Education: Susie Adamson, James Henry Davis, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, Anthony Mazzocchi, and Johanna Wright.

The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition reports that it is “strictly a nonpartisan organization that does not endorse individual candidates.”

The Candidates Forum is open to the public.

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