Cost of public education down in N.J.

    In an effort to provide “clear and useable data” to New Jersey taxpayers, the state’s Department of Education released the 2012 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education this past Friday.

    The report lists the annual expenditures per student in each of the state’s 647 Districts. It shows that spending decreased about 2.5 percent, or $435 per student during the 2010-11 school year.

    The PressofAtlanticCity.com reports, “annual per-student cost dropped from $17,787 in 2009-10 to $17,352 in 2010-11. The amount includes all expenditures made toward public education, including transportation, debt service, federal funds and state payments for employee pensions, social security and medical costs.”

    PressofAtlanticCity.com has the full story and a complete district breakdown.

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