NEW JERSEY - In its new rankings of public schools nationwide, U.S. News & World Report said New Jersey is the state with the country’s top education system and is number one in pre-school enrollment.
“Investments in our students are investments in the future of our state, and I am incredibly proud that our schools have been ranked number one in the nation,” Murphy said. “Today’s recognition by U.S. News & World Report proves that students across New Jersey—starting with our youngest learners—are given the opportunity to achieve long-term success. I would also like to thank the educators who work tirelessly to make sure that our students receive the best possible education.”
In his proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget, Murphy committed $578 million in additional K-12 school aid and nearly $50 million in additional preschool funding.
"With this year’s proposed budget, we will have increased investments in our public schools by $1.5 billion. It's an investment in our future, our economy and our kids," Murphy said. "While this is a great title to hold, we know that we can do better."
In 2020, U.S. News and World Report ranked New Jersey’s schools at number two, behind Massachusetts. In both 2019 and 2020, Education Week ranked New Jersey’s schools as the top public-school system in America.
During his press conference in Trenton on Wed Mar 10, the governor boasted that the digital divide in New Jersey has been closed.
"Last summer, 231,000 students did not have remote learning tools," Murphy said. "We committed $54 million in federal pandemic relief funds earmarked specifically for education to close this divide. Today, that investment has paid off."
The governor also took the opportunity to give a schools update. He reported that of the state's 812 public-school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools, and schools for students with disabilities:
- 110 are open for all-person instruction;
- 541 are open for hybrid instruction;
- 36 are using a mix of options across buildings; and
- 125 are all-remote.
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