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October 14, 2010

Classroom supplies and textbooks make up a very small part of the cost of educating New Jersey’s public school students: The average spend for educational materials is $304.

Spending varies widely, however, with the largest range occurring in the lower grades. For instance, Allamuchy Township in Warren County and Eastampton Township in Burlington County spent less than $100 per student in their K-8 schools last year, with Allamuchy spending $43 and Eastampton spending $96. On the other end of the spectrum were Bergen County’s Alpine district, at $1,142 per pupil, and Cape May’s Avalon Boro, at $1,071.

Districts with high schools seemed to spend a more comparable amount, with the lowest being Fair Lawn Boro in Bergen County ($121), Washington Township in Gloucester County ($138) and Edison Township in Middlesex County ($142). On the high end of the spending range were Monroe Township in Middlesex ($594), Atlantic City ($545) and Jersey City ($533)

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