Total spending on each student at New Jersey schools rose by over 12% during the 2021-2022 school year, according to a state report.

For each student, New Jersey schools spent an average of $27,627.

But some school districts are spending much more per student.

The most expensive school district in the state is in Ocean County and spends over $57,000 on each student — more than double the statewide average.

The county with the greatest number of most expensive schools in the top 30 in total spending per student is Bergen.

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Top 30 school districts in NJ spending the most per pupil

These are the most expensive school districts in the state of New Jersey. Based on 2021-22 school year budget and enrollment figures, these are the districts spending the most per student. We only included districts with at least the state average enrollment of about 2,100 students.

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Total vs. budgetary spending

The total spending per pupil is separate from the budgetary spending per pupil, which is the number that individual school districts give when publishing their user-friendly budgets each spring.

Budgetary spending per pupil can be a useful way to compare school districts against each other. It only includes costs that are directly comparable between districts and does not include factors like transportation, lunches, debt for construction projects, and pension payments for teachers made by the state on behalf of the school, according to the state report.

Budgetary spending per student at New Jersey schools rose to an average of $17,656 in the 2021-2022 school year, according to state data. That's up 5.07% from the prior school year.

But overall spending per student is the metric that gives the clearest picture of which school districts are the most expensive in the state.

The 2021-2022 is the most recent school year for which average spending data is available through the latest Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending

Directly below are the top 30 school districts that spend the most overall per student.

Top 20 highest average property tax bills in NJ for 2022

Based on the average residential property tax bill for each town in New Jersey in 2022, these are the 20 highest.

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Competitive NJ school board races fall 2023

In time for November elections, 1,804 board of education candidates have been registered around New Jersey, for a total of 1,487 open seats.

These are not evenly spread — some boards have zero candidates for an available spot, while others have more than three candidates vying for each seat. The following competitive races are based on data from the New Jersey School Board Association.

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