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Election results: Newark opts for elected board, NJ voters approve $500M for schools

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.

Read about New Jersey's education-related election outcomes here.