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THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY:

Throwing Money At A Problem Won't Make It Go Away

" The only South Jersey school district in the 400 range, or lower 1/3rd is our own Gloucester City School District. "

 

 

By Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews

 

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If it is possible to waste money, New Jersey knows how to do it!  In 2020 Governor Murphy raised the state's contribution to education.  He felt that former Governor Chris Christie had underfunded education in our state, so he allocated $9 billion to all schools.  Of that amount 60%, or $5.4 billion goes to 31 Abbott districts and the remaining $3.6 billion is shared by the rest of the districts.

How many districts are there?  What I have learned is that all numbers change depending on source.  If only public district schools are counted or if charter and vocational schools are included the number can be between 555 and 615.  But...how do Abbott schools fair in those 615 districts?  The answer is easy - They fair very poorly.
 
The best school district is Harrison Township (Gloucester County) which came in among the first quarter at 155.  The next three best ranking schools all come in at 300 range. They are all in North Jersey.  The only South Jersey school district in the 400 range, or lower 1/3rd is our own Gloucester City School District.  Should we be proud that we are the 5th highest-ranked school of the Abbott districts or be ashamed that with the billions that we have received over the decades the best we can do is score the lowest third?
 
The rest of those districts in the South Jersey area are Vineland at 527, Burlington City at 555, Pleasantville at 596, Millville at 598, Salem at 607, Bridgeton at 609, Camden at 610.  
 
What is most interesting is Jersey City.  A charter school in that city ranked 24th but the public school, Abbott district came in at 452.  Why?
 
Someone needs to go back to the Education Law Center, which brought the original lawsuit, and say "let's rethink this problem because obviously the people in Haddonfield were right in 1985 when the contended that "you can't throw money at a problem and think it will be solved."
 
 
 
 
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Education Law Center, March 20, 2019  "How Much Does NJ Give to Abbott Districts?" Images-3
 
The author's background:
 
BA            Foreign Languages                         Rutgers
BS              Business Management                  Rutgers
MBA           Business Management                  Drexel 
M. Ed         Education (K-6, ESL, MYSS)      St. Joseph's
ABD PhD  Educational Law and Finance     Nova Southeastern
 
Taught:  8 years   Rutgers University
                17 years   Public School Systems
 
 
 
 
 

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