NJ Voters Decide on School Budgets

New Jersey voters are going to the polls today to pick school boards and to decide the fate of local school district budgets. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Billions of dollars are at stake yet fewer than one in five voters usually turns out. This year could be different with Governor Christie urging voters to defeat their local budgets if their teachers have declined to take a pay freeze to avert layoffs.

More than 90 percent of the state's districts have said Governor Christie's $820 million cuts to school aid will mean pink slips. If voters reject their school budget, it goes to their local town council for vetting. The local school district can appeal whatever cuts the town council makes directly to the State Commissioner of Education.