Cost of educating students on the rise: How much every N.J.district spends

TRENTON — The average cost of educating a public school student in New Jersey eclipsed $20,000 a year for the first time in 2015-16, according to new state data. 

The state’s school districts and charter schools spent an average of $20,385 per student last school year, a 3.8 percent increase from 2014-15, according to total per-pupil spending data released by the state Department of Education. 

Included in the total cost are pension payments the state makes on behalf of school districts and tuition and fees districts paid to send students to other schools, including expensive programs for special education students.

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