When It Costs More For Pre-School Than College
When the Garden State's county college system was founded in the 1960s, the schools were designed so students, the state and the individual counties would each pay a third of the cost of running the schools.This means the average total cost per county college student is less than $5,000 per year. Now compare that with an average cost of more than $12,000 to educate 3 to 4-year olds in Newark preschools, the more than $18,893 per student in an Asbury Park K-12 public school or even the state’s average per student cost of $11,056.
This year, the state and the counties will each pay 25 percent of running the county colleges, while student tuition will cover the remaining 50 percent.
Why is it necessary to spend two to four times more per public school pupil as it does for freshmen and sophomore college students? Even taking into consideration county college students must purchase their own textbooks and supply their own transportation to school, it still seems absurd.
New Jersey spends 57 percent more per public student than the national average and that’s a big factor in New Jersey property tax crisis. If our state’s lawmakers are serious about property tax relief they’d better start looking at ways to reduce public school costs. Our county colleges are proof we are spending far more than necessary to educate our children.