Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Interdistrict Choice Gold Mine

The Interdistrict Choice ridiculousness churns on.

The state doesn't publicly release how many Choice students are enrolled in a district, so usually you can't figure out how much aid per Choice student a district is getting.

This article gives the number.  Green Township in Sussex County is approved for another seven kids, siblings of existing Choice students.

For those seven kids they're getting another $236,600.  That's $33,800 per Choice student. 

The biggest increase in Sussex County, by far, went to Green. The K-8 district will get an additional $236,600, a 10.62 percent increase from $2.227 million in 2014-15.
Green Superintendent John Nittolo, explaining the increase, said the district’s total number of students in the state’s Interdistrict Public School Choice Program is growing from 37 to 44.
While the state froze the program’s size, exceptions were made for siblings of those already enrolled, Nittolo said — adding that seven such siblings had registered for the 2015-16 school year.

“It’s all school choice aid,” he said of the increase.

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