How School Districts Spend Their Monies

The 2010 Comparative Spending Guide was recently released by the New Jersey Department of Education. Each district is rated by 21 indicators ranging from classroom salaries/benefits to operation and maintenance of the physical plant, and the numbers arrived at are presented as a “cost per pupil” enumeration.  Both state average and median figures are provided as well. As voting on school budgets quickly approaches (in Jersey, it is April 20), this guide can provide valuable information for those who present budgets and those who vote on them. For differing viewpoints on this most critical budget, please consult the New Jersey Education Association and the New Jersey School Boards Association. News articles on New Jersey school budgets can be perused here.

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