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5-18-17 Education in the News

Star Ledger--The 50 school districts that spend the most per student in N.J.

Education is not cheap. There are teacher salaries and benefits, classroom support, books and supplies, administrative salaries and building construction and maintenance.

New Jersey school districts last year spent on average $20,385 per student to educate their students. Statewide, per-pupil costs ranged from a high of $60,129 in one small district, to $10,181 for a Jersey City charter school with 310 students.

In some of the state's regional vocational schools, per pupil spending last year was as high as $35,568. New Jersey's 21 vocational-technical districts are county-run districts with schools teaching traditional vocational subjects, including auto repair and cosmetology. Many of the vo-tech districts, including Bergen, Union and Middlesex, also include specialized high schools that require entrance exams for admission and are designed for the county's highest-achieving students.

By Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, Updated May 16, 2017| Posted May 16, 2017


Paterson Press--Former state education chief takes job in Paterson

The state is paying the tab for David Hespe's $94-an-hour, part-time post, while the superintendent's position remains uncertain.

New Jersey’s former education commissioner, David Hespe, started working this month in the Paterson school district as a $94-per-hour, part-time special assistant, officials said.

The state Education Department said Hespe would provide the Paterson district with “technical assistance,” but officials did not elaborate on what specific duties the former commissioner would perform.

State spokesman David Saenz Jr. said the Education Department — not the Paterson Board of Education — would pay Hespe’s salary. The state did not disclose whether there is any limit on the number of hours Hespe would work per week, whether the deal sets a maximum amount that the former commissioner would be paid under the arrangement or how long he would be in Paterson.


Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press Published 10:50 a.m. ET May 17, 2017 | Updated 13 hours ago


Education Week--Trump Budget Reported to Use Title I, Research Aid to Push Choice

President Donald Trump's full education budget proposal for fiscal 2018 would make notable cuts to the U.S. Department of Education, and leverage existing programs for disadvantaged students and K-12 innovation to promote school choice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. 

Trump's full education funding blueprint would cut $9.2 billion, or 13.6 percent, from the Education Department's current $68 billion budget, said the report, based on still-unreleased budget documents. Also, the spending plan calls for the creation of a new, $1 billion federal grant program under Title I to allow students to take federal, state, and local dollars to their public school of choice. That money would be added to the $15.9 billion Title I receives this budget year, fiscal 2017— that current funding is not "portable" to public schools of choice and goes out by formula.

Both the cuts and the new grant for Title I, along with other aspects of the full budget proposal expected to be released as early as next week, are consistent with Trump's preliminary budget released in mid-March.


Andrew Ujifusa and Alyson Klein| May 17, 2017 5:25 PM

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