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 taxes.

According to the paper, 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. Offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

sp resident May 15, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I think it would be unfair to pay all this property tax and send your children to a private school and not be able to use the bus. It really doesn't matter what school you go to, if you live in the town and pay taxes there then you should be able to use the bus.
Nancy May 15, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Linda May 15, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Hell no! You want to send your kids to private schools then you pay for them to be bused!
Resident of SP May 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Linda, if we pay property tax in this town and pay for your kids to go to the public schools then we should be able to send our kids to a private school to get a better education on the buses that we pay for.
CP May 16, 2012 at 01:12 PM
In Summit, the town is not required to pay for busing private school students because it doesn't offer busing for the public school students. But, as others have argued, we're saving the town plenty sending our kids to private school. As taxpayers, it seems only fair we receive the bus subsidy. In addition to the cost of teachers and staff, imagine all the additional school building capacity the town would need if all of the private schoolers suddently shifted to public school.


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