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BACKGROUNDER: FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT
TRENTON, April 11, 2011—The following statistics and information will be helpful to reporters writing or broadcasting stories about New Jersey’s Annual School Election on Wednesday, April 27. The material represents the latest information available from the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), unless otherwise noted.
Districts conducting board-member elections in 2011 – 541
Polling hours – 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. is mandatory, although additional hours are frequently scheduled. Polls may be open anytime between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Average years of service of a N.J. local school board member in 2011 – 7.11 yrs.
Registered Voters – 5,193,965 as of March 2011 (Source: N.J. Division of Elections)
Budget election results (percentage of budgets approved by voters statewide)—
Second-ballot finance question results: Percentage of second-ballot finance questions approved by voters statewide (and total number of second questions on the ballot statewide, in parentheses)—
2010 – 0% (6) * 2003 – 33.7% (89)
PUBLIC SCHOOL FACTS AND FIGURES
2009-10 – 1,383,706 1997-98 – 1,240,920
Certificated staff (teachers, administrators, etc.), 2009-2010 – 142,459
Non-certificated staff (clerical, paraprofessionals, etc.), 2009-2010 – 69,510
Proposed state aid for public schools, 2011-2012 – $8.1 billion
State aid for public schools, 2010-2011 – $7.9 billion
State aid for public schools, 2009-2010 – $8.97 billion
(Source for Public School Facts and Figures: NJDOE)
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of 588 local boards of education and includes 44 charter school associate members. NJSBA advocates the interests of school districts, trains local school board members, and provides resources for the advancement of public education.