Study finds recession hit Camden, N.J. schools worst in state

Monday, October 14, 2013

The study, "Still Not Out of the Woods? New Jersey Schools During the Recession and Beyond," released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, looked at expenditures and funding from 2008 to 2012 and compared those figures with projected estimates had the recession never happened.

The study did not quantify the impact on instruction or student performance, focusing instead on funding rates, but cautioned that "cuts to instruction, student activities, and social services can potentially affect students in harmful ways."

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the report found that all school districts, particularly Camden, suffered a great financial blow from the recession and continue to lag behind prerecession funding levels.

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