The big news in New Jersey Tuesday night was U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's reelection. But voters also made some important decisions about their schools.
- In Newark, voters chose to keep an elected school board rather than switch to one appointed by the mayor.
- Mayor Ras Baraka had said he preferred that voters pick board members: "I do not want that power."
- Statewide, voters authorized the state to borrow $500 million to pay for vocational programs, school security upgrades, and school water improvements.
- The vocational funding will only go to county schools and colleges — not district schools.