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EDlection 2018: NJ Voters Approve $500 Million Bond to Bolster School Security

By Mark Keierleber | November 7, 2018

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New Jersey students should expect to see more security in their schools after voters approved a ballot referendum that allows the state to borrow $500 million, the Associated Press reports.

The outcome was close, as 52 percent of residents voted in favor of the initiative with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

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The referendum authorizes the state to borrow money to increase school security after mass school shootings in Florida and Texas this year.

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Meanwhile, the bond will fund an expansion to the state’s vocational education programs and upgrade school water systems to protect against lead.

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