@john: It certainly wasn't 100% apathy. There was twice the turnout for this election than there was in the 2009 election when the Republican party marketed the election and came in to take the school board in the first place. I'll give you that the turnout numbers as a whole were terrible (welcome to American voting apathy in general), but they were far from apathetic for an off-cycle election with no national involvement to drive voters to the polls in this area.
@flipper: A 52/48 win for a Democrat in a district with a significantly higher Republican voter registration is certainly a repudiation.
@Bob: Your being from NJ explains a lot. I don't think people that grew up around here realize how good public schooling _can_ be (Sterling Regional High School, class of '92). One thing all of the "neighborhood schools" proponents should take from NJ's school system is what a nightmare having so many educational district fiefdoms causes with regards to disparities between what is technically a town border, but often ends up being one side of the street and the other (the development that sat immediately behind my high school was in another town, and went to school 4 miles away instead of hopping the fence to go to the one in their backyard).
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