A recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics, an arm of U.S. Department of Education, shows that New Jersey ranks 38th among the states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of current expenditures devoted to administration (9.9%). The remaining 13 states spend either the same or less on administration.
Not only does New Jersey spend below the nationwide average of 11% on school and district administration, but it also spends less on administration than do nearly three-quarters of the states. And at 9.9%, New Jersey fares well when compared to nearby jurisdictions: Connecticut – 9.9%; Delaware – 13.6%; Maryland – 10.1%; New York – 8.9%; Pennsylvania – 10.9%.
So why do N.J. lawmakers continue to bring up “excessive” administrative costs when they advocate school district consolidation?