Here’s What Voters Need to Know for the April 20 Newark School Board Election | #Education

NEWARK, NJ — Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, April 20, to elect four candidates to the Newark Public Schools District Board of Education and decide on a public question for the 2021-2022 school year budget. 

Here’s what voters need to know for the upcoming election.

When do the polls open?

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Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The last day to apply by mail for a mail-in ballot was April 13. Registered voters can go in-person at their regular polling locations. 

Where is my polling location? 

To find your polling location, visit the Division of Elections website here or call 1-877-658-6837. 

Who is running for the school board?

Six candidates will be running for three seats for 3-year terms on the board, and two candidates will be running for one seat for a 1-year term. 

The candidates on the 3-year term ballot are: Dawn Haynes; Vereliz Santana; Asia Norton; Phillip Wilson; Nadirah Brown; and Yolanda Johnson.

The candidates on the 1-year term ballot are: Sheila Montague and Daniel Gonzalez.

Four candidates running together on the Moving Newark Schools Forward Ticket include: Haynes, Santana, Norton and Gonzalez

To learn more background information about each of the eight candidates on the ballot, visit TAPinto Newark’s “Meet the Candidates” post here. 

Each of the eight candidates on the ballot this year also participated in a forum hosted by the Newark Trust for Education on April 6 to discuss the issues facing Newark Public Schools.

To see where candidates stood on several of the issues, visit TAPinto Newark’s coverage of the forum here to read key highlights from the event. 

To watch the full forum, visit the video link here. 

What will I be voting on concerning the budget?

The public question on the ballot is asking Newark voters to decide on a tax levy that would remain flat. The district is asking for a flat tax levy on the district’s budget with a total local budget of $138.3 million. 

Approval for the coming year’s budget depends on a “yes” vote from the public during the school board elections.

To learn more about the 2021-22 school year budget, visit TAPinto Newark’s “Key Takeaways” story on this year’s budget hearing here. 

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