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New Jersey School Elections Less Fiery A Year After Revolt

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HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s school budget elections will be held Wednesday – though without the intense buildup of last year’s.

In 2010, voters in nearly 60 percent of the state’s school districts that vote directly on budgets rejected their respective proposals. It was the first time in over 30 years when most were shot down.

It happened as Governor Chris Christie told voters to say no in districts where teachers weren’t accepting wage freezes and health benefit concessions. This time around, Christie hasn’t pushed for rejections and no other major organized campaigns have emerged.

One big issue was figuring out when elections will be. They’re usually held on the third Tuesday in April, but were moved to April 27 this year to avoid conflicting with Passover.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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