I believe in the value of a good education and am proud of NJ’s position as one of the top two states in the country when it comes to educating our children. NJ owes our children fully funded schools and our educators a fully funded pension plan. I support expanding pre-school and ensuring that charter schools are not a drain on our tax-funded public school system.
On a personal note…
My passionate support for NJ public schools started in Colts Neck where I joined a coalition of concerned parents to successfully fight for the school budget as well as a referendum for a much-needed high school. About 1,500 students attend that school today. Go Cougars! Later, I helped to organize the first fundraisers for the Bernards Township Education Foundation. I made a point of supporting the classroom teachers. If they asked for glue sticks, I included some money so they could buy something else that the classroom needed. Eventually, all four of my daughters graduated from North Hunterdon High School where I supported activities across the spectrum of academics, music, and athletics. Later, our family hosted a Ghanaian foreign exchange student who attended NHHS and then went on to Raritan Valley Community College. I am eternally grateful to the teachers and guidance counselors who made such a difference to our family. New Jersey public schools are one of our crown jewels, and I gladly assume the responsibility to support them.
How good are New Jersey’s schools?
In 2015, USA Today ranked New Jersey #2 in the country. Their assessment is typical of other studies:
- Per pupil spending: $15,421 (5th highest)
- High school graduation rate: 87.0% (9th highest)
- Eighth graders proficient in math or reading: 48.9% (2nd highest)
New Jersey school districts spent more than $15,000 per pupil in 2012, more than in all but a handful of states. (The national average is $11,735.) Many students also enjoyed the benefits of early education. In 2013, 63.1% of eligible children were enrolled in preschool, the second highest rate nationwide. USA Today
How many students, schools, and districts do we have?
- 1.4M students
- 2,522 schools which includes 89 charter schools
- 599 school districts
How are our schools funded?
In LD-23, our schools are funded primarily by property taxes.
|Revenue from local taxes||60-70%||2-7%|
|Revenue from State||20-35%||90%|
|Revenue from Federal||1-5%||4-5%|
State aid by county
State School Aid
Median salaries in New Jersey
|Administrators and Supervisors||$139k|
|Educational Support Services||$ 75k|
|Classroom Teachers||$ 65k|