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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New Jersey’s Public Schools Spend 57 Percent More Than National Average

The 2004 Annual Survey of Local Government Finances – School Systems report was released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2004, public school districts in the United States spent a total of $472.3 billion, with $218.1 billion coming from state governments, $203.3 billion from local government sources and $41.3 billion from the federal government.

New Jersey again leads the nation with an average cost per student of $12,981 - 57% more than the national average of $8,287 per pupil. For 2004, New Jersey’s property taxpayers contributed $11 billion, state income taxpayers $8.8 billion and the federal government $893.4 million towards the funding of New Jersey’s K-12 public schools.



7 Comments:

At 7:15 AM, Blogger WjcW said...

Somehow I'm doubting our test scores were 57% higher than the national average too...

 
At 11:29 AM, Blogger Sluggo said...

You get what you pay for. Unfortunately, we're not paying for education, but bureaucracy, bungling and boondogles.

 
At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do have 57% more corruption than the national average. If our education is top notch it will only mean less democrats later in life.

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Media In Trouble said...

oy vey
don't you think this is a direct result of the higher cost of living in NJ?

And that cost of living is not simply a function of taxes but of job opportunity?

If the cost of living in NJ is close to 57% higher than the national average this study tells you bubkus.

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger njgalaxie73 said...

Jeez MIT, you liberals say and do everything and anything to protect and defend your rediculous agendas.

If the cost of living in New Jersey is 57% higher than the national average then that is a direct result of liberal politicians wasting money, raising taxes to get more and wasting the extra money they take in. If you really want to go there MIT your only indicting your own agenda and the people you help keep in power to enact it.

The money that is going to public schools is not being properly utilized to improve the quality of education throughout the state. The overwhelming majority of it goes to Abbotts that are in hardcore Democrat urban and inner city areas who have to find ways to spend the leftover money
once they're through with what they "needed to spend".

Throwing more money at a bureaucracy is simply just throwing gasoline on a raging fire. That is the last thing we can afford to do in New Jersey amid our budget woes.

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger WjcW said...

I have to agree to an extent, Media. The cost is higher in New Jersey. You will never hear me bitch about auto-insurance rates in NJ. Pretty much because it makes sense that the most densely populated state would have the higest amount of accidents.
But I guess to be perfectly fair, I should look to see if NJ is in first place with our 57% and where maybe NY, PA, and CT are. I will agree our costs can be expected to be higher, its just the 57% I'm questioning.

 
At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't be this stupid. Of course the COL here is not 57% higher than the average and that wouldn't explain why schools would be that far out of line either. Schools don't pay taxes or purchase much real estate or pay rent or any of the major COL expenses.

Some schools have fleets of buses to bring kids to school from far far away. How about NJ? Think we do a lot of busing here. Well we don't. Think Texas here.

Please use common sense when defending your tax titty--we're not all stupid in NJ.

spongeworthy

 

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