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New figures break down New Jersey’s school costs by district


New figures break down New Jersey’s school costs by district

MAY 9, 2014, 6:06 PM    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014, 6:31 PM

New Jersey districts spent an average of $18,891 per pupil in 2012-13, up 4.8 percent from the year before, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Education.

By the Numbers:

Spending per pupil by school district in the counties of Bergen and Passaic in 2012-13

Top 10

Bergen County Special Service$93,953
Bergen County Vocational   $33,685
Alpine        $27,459
Carlstadt-East Rutherford$25,994
Passaic County Vocational$25,003
Saddle Brook$23,708
Pascack Valley Regional$23,472

Bottom 10

Prospect Park$15,237
Hasbrouck Heights$15,127
River Edge$15,076
Little Ferry$14,916
John P. Holland Charter$14,815
Elmwood Park$14,543
Bergen Arts & Science Charter$13,822
Passaic Arts & Science Charter$12,288
Classical Academy Charter$8,440
Among regular districts in the counties of Bergen and Passaic, total per-pupil spending ranged from a high of $28,733 in Moonachie to $14,030 in Fairview.

Three charter school districts had the least spending per student, including the Classical Academy Charter School which spent $8,440 per student and the Passaic Arts and Science Charter School, which spent $12,288. Spending is lower in part because charter schools receive no facilities aid. 

The Bergen County Special Services district, which serves severely disabled children, spends $93,953.

Of the 103 regular and charter districts in Bergen and Passaic, 19 saw their per pupil costs drop, while figures rose in the other 84.

The Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending can be found at here

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