A look at Montclair’s achievement gap

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news It has been three years since the Montclair school district released a report concluding the achievement gap between white students and students of color, and between wealthy students and poorer students was...
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Approaching graduation revives debate about Montclair amphitheater

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news The long-standing tradition of holding Montclair’s graduation at the school’s stone amphitheater may have outgrown its time. Some parents say it is time to move it to a larger venue, while others...
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Rejuvenated Black Student Union a positive force at Montclair High

By Jaimie Julia Winters winters@montclairlocal.news Behind the harmony that seemingly exists between black and white students at Montclair High School, being black can still be lonely. No one wants to be the only black girl in a...

Complaint alleges BOE member Franklin Turner does not meet residency requirements

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news A Montclair resident filed a complaint with the state on Friday alleging Montclair Board of Education member Franklin Turner does not meet the residency requirements for a board member. In the complaint, filed...
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Saying no thank you to straws in Montclair is spreading

By Tara Kolton for Montclair Local Word is continuing to spread around Montclair that straws truly suck for the environment. A program to reduce the use of non-reusable plastics throughout the community is gaining momentum. A group...

Johnson’s first “listening session” opens up the floor to Montclair parents, staff

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Special education, climate and diversity, gifted programs and the magnet program were just a few of the topics that parents talked about at Charles H. Bullock School Monday night. Superintendent Kendra Johnson was...
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Kendra Johnson discusses vision for Montclair schools

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news On Friday, May 4, Kendra Johnson was into her fourth day as Montclair’s new superintendent of schools. And so far, it’s been going well, Johnson said. “The adjustment has been quite smooth, being that...
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Report: Montclair’s schools reflect community diversity

By Jaimie Julia Winters winters@montclairlocal.news In 1977, the Montclair school district moved away from the neighborhood school model and instead chose the choice system. Forty-one years later, the district is being lauded for its diversity among...
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New bill could address chronic absenteeism in Montclair schools

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Last school year, about 14 percent of Montclair High School’s students were “chronically” absent from school. Charles H. Bullock Elementary students were absent 10.2 percent of time, while Glenfield Middle School absenteeism...

Montclair family starts compassion project in memory of son

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Alex Patenaude’s gift for reaching out to other children was evident from the first day he started kindergarten at Nishuane. During the first parent-teacher conference of the year, the teacher told his parents,...