Nonpartisan research and educational organization the Garden State Initiative has created an interactive database that will allow users to compare and contrast each school district in New Jersey on the basis of how they rate on a model that compares school districts on a level playing field.
This organization produced a report called Adding It All Up: New Jersey’s Opportunity to Reduce $200 Million in School Transportation Costs.
At a cost of $1.2 billion, GSI said, New Jersey transports nearly 750,000 students daily at an average cost of $1,508 per pupil, representing one of the largest outside-the-classroom costs for hundreds of school districts.
Based on a model that compares school districts on a level playing field, if every district were able to make meaningful improvement relative to where they are starting from, they could save close to $200 million overall on transportation costs, according to the GSI.
But, GSI said, if every school district spent at the expected amount predicted by their fundamental characteristics, taxpayers would save $146 million.