LETTER: Charters are highly cost effective

Claudia Zuorick, Director of Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City, responds to the May 4 Jersey Journal article about per pupil spending in Hoboken. (Original article below.)

Dear Editor:

In the article “Why Hoboken’s Per Pupil Cost Tops Hudson” in Monday’s Jersey Journal (May 4, 2015), much of the text was devoted to the “negative impact” that Hoboken charter schools have on the district budget. According to William Moffitt, Hoboken School Business Administrator, $9,000,000 of the district budget is allocated to educating 750 charter school students.

Thus, the per-pupil cost to educate 750 charter school students is $12,000. This is less than half of the $24,318 the district spends and less than the $13,611 that Guttenberg spends.

While some may find this a financial hardship for the Hoboken School District, charter schools are highly cost effective. In the district, the cost to educate 750 students is $18,238,500. Upon closer examination, $9,000,000 is a bargain for Hoboken taxpayers and the quality of education does not suffer in these three top-of-the-line Hoboken charters.

I bring this matter to your attention because there is a great need for conversation around the role of charter schools- what they are, who they serve, and the possibilities they offer for the citizens of New Jersey.


Claudia Zuorick
Director, Soaring Heights Charter School

Click here for the original article: 2015.05.05_JerseyJournalArticle


About New Jersey Charter Schools Association

Formed in 1999, the New Jersey Charter Schools Association (NJCSA) is a 501(c)(3) membership association that represents the state’s charter school community and, by extension, charter school students and their parents. We are committed to advancing quality public education for New Jersey’s children through quality public charter schools, with the vision that every child in the State of New Jersey should have the opportunity to attend a high-quality public school that best meets his or her needs.
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