It starts here:
Local news agencies recently reported that Asbury Park High School (Monmouth County, New Jersey) has a 49 percent graduation rate. Only 2 percent of the senior class scored higher than 1550 on their SAT’s, a measure of college and career readiness. This systemic failure doesn’t start in high school: 87 percent of third graders can’t read at grade level and 47 percent fail the basic skills test in math.
All this for $30,485 per student per year, an amount so high that New Jersey Gov. Christie, during his gubernatorial campaigns, used it as a poster child for school spending profligacy. Where does that money come from and where does it go?
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