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October 26, 2012

School staffing has been outpacing the growth of student populations nationally, and in New Jersey the rate of growth between 1992 and 2009 was more than one and a half, or 1.6, according to a report by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

Student population grew 24 percent during that period, while the total personnel rate grew 39 percent. The growth in teachers was 42 percent, while administrators and staffing grew 34 percent.

New Jersey fared better than most states in the study; as the report pointed out, nonteaching ranks actually grew 46 percent nationally, while the student population grew only 17 percent.

The report makes the point that while staffing swelled at a higher rate than the number of students, student achievement did not. The rate of math achievement remained about the same during the 17-year period, while reading scores actually dropped.

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