Should Public School Districts Pay for Private School Busing?

The state requires public school districts to pay the transportation costs for students attending private and parochial schools.


New Jersey public school districts have been paying to bus parochial and private school students for years.

A report in The Asbury Park Press puts the annual cost at $77 million a year for about 90,000 students of religious and other private schools, money that comes out of local budgets funded by property taxes.

Montclair's public school district pays about $270,000 a year for the transportation of students to religious and other private schools.

According to the paper, districts are required "to spend up to $884 on transportation for each student attending a private school, be it on a school bus or a parent driving the child to class." The state is one of only a handful that pay for private-school busing, with 34 banning all public funding for private schooling.

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Kevin May 15, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Thanks Stu's wife! Not sure why it wouldn't link for me but that is the information.
Shelley Emling May 15, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Yes, thanks Stu's wife. The school district says it has complied with this.. noting that the "information is in our user friendly budget which is posted We have complied with including this information in our user friendly budget which is posted on our website."
joe fischer May 15, 2012 at 08:39 PM
My point was it is not pass/fail and a 2 is accepted in many community and a few county schools. My point was a 2 is not a fail it is a possible qualifier. AP Exam scores are reported on a 5-point scale as follows: 5 Extremely well qualified* 4 Well qualified* 3 Qualified* 2 Possibly qualified* 1 No recommendation** *Qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement
Kevin May 15, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Isn't it supposed to be filed with the NJ dept of ed? Are we looking in the correct place? Did they provide a link to the info?
little e May 15, 2012 at 09:35 PM
This seems a bit misleading. Are these "other private schools" for special needs children?


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