Should Public School Districts Pay for Private School Busing?

The state requires public school districts to pay the transportation costs for students attending private and parochial schools.

New Jersey public school districts have been paying to bus parochial and private school students for years.

A report in The Asbury Park Press puts the annual cost at $77 million a year for about 90,000 students of religious and other private schools, money that comes out of local budgets funded by property taxpayers.

According to the Press, districts are required "to spend up to $884 on transportation for each student attending a private school, be it on a school bus or a parent driving the child to class." The state is one of only a handful that pay for private-school busing, with 34 banning all public funding for private schooling.

Patch wants to know what you think. Respond to our poll and offer your thoughts in the comment section below.

Dave Bell May 19, 2012 at 09:51 PM
The Patch is getting to the point it's nothing more than a Jerry Springer show. All the important topics get taken over with nonsense and just petty BS between a few people.
project bluebeam May 20, 2012 at 01:48 AM
my wife and i moved to ocean county ten yrs ago. we have no children and up till now understand that our taxes go towards the schools but to listen to trailer trash like jack wagon on this site it sickens us. clearly from his posts he has no job since he can pick his kids up during school hours. the rest of the day he spends on the patch making vile comments . for the sake of us taxpayers who pay for your kids and for you to sit home and watch judy on our dime please get fixed .
CALLTHEMOUT June 01, 2012 at 01:13 PM
CALLTHEMOUT June 01, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Helen, Nice! If you have children, and I hope you don't,they must be so proud of their mother right now. What does it say about you that you watch MTV's (is capitalized) 16 And Pregnant explains so much about you.
jose azcona July 18, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I understand your feelings, but I'm a father of three catholic school students and I own a few properties that I pay taxes for. It is not my problem that they don't have a good school system where I live at. Since my children don't use the public school funds they should at least get free transportation


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