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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Updated - New Jersey Schools: Rich, Poor, Unequal

My, how the New Jersey Education Law Center has changed its tune over the years. The ELC is the group responsible for the various lawsuits resulting in the so-called Abbott decisions handed down by the state’s Supreme Court.

Back in 1990, the group said there should be uniform spending per student across the state with little, if any leeway for local districts to spend more. The group’s plan back then was for an equalized per-pupil rate with local districts allowed to spend only 5 percent more per child. The New York Times had the story - New Jersey Schools: Rich, Poor, Unequal:

Marilyn J. Morheuser, head of the Education Law Center and its chief lawyer in the current court fight, says a uniform per-pupil spending level could require a handful of high-spending suburban districts to reduce programs or staff to get within a proscribed level.

Under her plan, 95 percent of all educational spending would fall within the equalized per-pupil rate and local districts could spend only 5 percent more per child.

"If there is any local leeway, it would be very narrow," Ms. Morheuser said.
Back in 1990, the ELC’s example of an overspending school district was Millburn, at $6,247 per student. The state’s average was $5,200 and a poor Abbott school district was spending only $4,867 per child.

By 2005, the state’s average cost per student was $13,800 and the Education Law Center was still complaining and suing for more funding for Abbott school districts. Millburn was spending $13,977 per student and the Abbott schools districts of Newark, Asbury Park and Hoboken were spending $22,829, $23,572 and $22,221 respectively. That’s 63 percent, 69 percent and 59 percent more per student than Millburn.

What happened to the ELC plan calling for uniform per-pupil spending with a 5 percent leeway?

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3 Comments:

At 8:01 AM, Blogger John Pangia said...

Just nother social program run amok - Offer up a cheese sandwich and they go looking for the buffet.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger cwysocki said...

It's classic "mission creep"; the ELC can't admit they got what they wanted or they'd be out of a job.

The other elephant in the room when discussing school budgets are the costs of Special Ed placements. With the state poised to grant parents carte blanche in negotiations with their local school boards watch for the per-pupil costs to ratchet up several more notches.

...Chris Wysocki
WyBlog

 
At 8:26 AM, Blogger thomas said...

This is great information – its encouraging to see online education is becoming more widely accepted and the benefits are backed up by a range of studies. www.gurukulamuniversity.in

 

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