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How Much Does Your District Spend on Your Kid’s Education?

Is your town spending as much on your kids as neighboring towns are spending on theirs?


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On average, New Jersey schools spent about $19K on each student in 2014, but that number varies wildly by region. Districts like Avalon (which has a population under 1,500 people) spent $43,775, while Rockaway’s students only get $12,587 (when there are roughly 25,000 people in the town). Spending can depend on a lot of factors, some regions spend a lot of money on transportation costs to bus students, while others have a higher enrollment of disabled students. Where does your town fall according to the Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending 2014?

 

According to NJ.com, the top 5 spending districts are:
Avalon Borough - $43,775
Bergen County Vocational - 33,685
Stone Harbor Borough - $33,301
Hampton Borough - $31,153
Asbury Park - $30,845

 

And the lowest are:

Rockaway - 12,587
Greenwich Township - 13,645
Hammonton - $13,836
Salem County Vocational $14,017
Fairview Borough - $14,030

 

Here’s a sampling from the biggest municipalities in each county. If you want to look up your specific school district (and get a really detailed breakdown of what they spend each dollar on) visit the state’s website here.

 

Atlantic

Atlantic City - $25,676
Egg Harbor Township - $17,481
Galloway Township - $17,810

 

Bergen

Hackensack City - $24,046
Teaneck -  $24,019
Fort Lee - $17,197

 

Burlington

Evesham - $17,108
Mount Laurel - $17,331
Willingboro - $19,414

 

Camden

Camden - $25,575
Cherry Hill - $17,276
Gloucester - $23,176

 

Cape May

Lower Twp. - $16,929
Middle Twp. - $18,001
Upper Twp. - $17,115

 

Cumberland

Vineland - $19,783
Millville - $18,372
Bridgeton - $18,577

 

Essex

Newark - $24,281
East Orange -  $25,032
Irvington - $22,128

 

Gloucester

Washington - $18,482
Monroe Twp. - $15,644
Deptford - $15,396

 

Hudson

Jersey City - $23,273
Union City - $20,546
Bayonne - $15,344

 

Hunterdon

Flemington/Raritan - $17,831
Readington - $18,755
Clinton - $19,276

 

Mercer

Hamilton - $16,252
Trenton -  $20,943
Ewing - $20,290

 

Middlesex

Edison - $16,443
Woodbridge - $15,989
Old Bridge  - $17,018

 

Monmouth

Middletown - $17,159
Howell - $18,743
Marlboro - $16,421

 

Morris

Parsippany/Troy Hills - $19,251
Mt. Olive - $19,103
Randolph - $18,451
 

 

Ocean

Tom’s River - $14,562
Brick - $16,516
Lakewood - $25,238

 

Passaic

Paterson - $20,454
Clifton - $16,017
Passaic - $23,212

 

Salem

Pennsville - $17,561
Pittsgrove - $17,351
Penn’s Grove/Carney’s Point -  $17,477

 

Somerset

Franklin - $19,864
Bridgewater - $17,614
Hillsborough - $17,505

 

Sussex

Vernon - $21,084
Sparta - $19,411
Hopatcong - $20,284

 

Union

Elizabeth - $21,722
Plainfield - $20,426
Linden -$19,039

 

Warren

Phillipsburg - $20,436
Hackettstown - $17,551
Lopatcong - $14,340

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