Over the last few years, school districts have steadily opted to move their school board elections from April to November. According to the N.J. Department of Education (NJDOE), 520 Type II school districts—about 97 percent—now have their elections in November. Those districts that opt to keep their elections in April must continue to place the district budget on the ballot.
There are still a handful of districts throughout the state that hold school elections in April. Many are suffering from the inability to maintain solid budgets as a result of Gov. Chris Christie’s underfunding of the school funding formula coupled with the struggle to raise significant resources locally. As a result, schools have larger class sizes, and programs and staff have been cut.
NJEA and NJREA members in these communities will be working to get out the vote and advocate for public education. As of press time, the following 14 school districts still have April board elections and budget votes:
• Bergen County – Cliffside Park, Fairview, Garfield, Hackensack, Oakland
• Essex County – Irvington
• Hudson County – North Bergen, Weehawken
• Middlesex County – New Brunswick
• Monmouth County – Asbury Park, Neptune Township
• Passaic County – Passaic City, Totowa
• Union County—Plainfield
If you live in one of these communities, plan to go to the polls or apply to vote by mail at njelections.org.
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