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September 17, 2018
New York City schools with greatest share of low-income students lag in funding, analysis finds
Despite having more than twice as many low-income students, highest-need schools receive just 15 percent more funding, according to the report.
August 31, 2018
How does your school’s budget compare to others in New York City?
A first-of-its kind report released Friday helps compare school funding more easily than before. Use this tool table to to see how your school…
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August 31, 2018
Find out what your New York City school spends per student
The New York City education department on Friday released a report detailing per-student funding at every public school across the district, data that…
February 5, 2018
At state budget hearing, Mayor de Blasio says he won’t ‘crowdsource’ chancellor search
During his three-hour testimony, de Blasio continued to push for more education funding than Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in the state budget plan for the coming year.
January 29, 2018
Here’s how New York City divvies up school funding — and why critics say the system is flawed
In 2007, the city adopted a funding formula that sends more money to schools with the neediest students. Here's how that formula has been working.
March 21, 2017
Why the Trump administration wants school districts to change their budgets — and how Title I could stand in the way
In calling for student-based budgeting, Trump joins a host of big-city school leaders and education reformers.
the first draft
January 21, 2016
De Blasio’s spending plan would hike budgets at more than 650 schools
His $82.1 billion city budget proposal, released Thursday, shows how the city plans to achieve the education goals de Blasio laid out last fall.
May 4, 2015
City to boost funding for 130 struggling and community schools
The city will increase spending by about $34 million next year on 130 schools that struggle with low student achievement and attendance.
April 10, 2013
IBO: City never fully executed its "Fair Student Funding" system
Hardly any city schools are getting the funding that the Department of Education's own formula says their students need, according to a new report released today by the Independent Budget Office.
February 9, 2012
IBO: Schools up for closure tonight enroll very needy students
A slide from the IBO's report about schools up for closure. For the third year in a row, the city's data watchdog has concluded that the schools the city is trying to close serve especially needy students. In 2010 and 2011, the Independent Budget Office put together longer reports about the city's school closure proposals on the request of Robert Jackson, chair of the City Council's education committee. But this year, the office, which has a special mandate to scrutinize the Department of Education's facts and figures, compiled details about the demographics, performance, and funding of schools on the chopping block on its own. Then it released the statistics in an easy-to-read, stand-alone format. Among the many people who are receiving the IBO's 13-slide presentation by email today are the members of the Panel for Educational Policy, who are set to vote on the closure proposals tonight, according to spokesman Doug Turetsky. "It's an accessible format so people can see the stats and come to their own conclusions," he said. UPDATE: Department of Education officials disputed some of the data in the slides and said the budget office had not given them as much time to review the report before publication as an agreement between the two offices requires. They urged the IBO not to release the report and then to retract it once it was published because data on at least one slide did not match information the city had provided. The budget office retracted one slide that showed change over time in the number of students with special needs at the schools. But other slides showed that the schools up for closure enroll more than the average proportion of students who have disabilities, are overage, or are considered English language learners, confirming analyses published elsewhere.
September 22, 2010
The ups and downs of budgets under fair student funding
As the city school system faces another round of budget cuts, a new report details which schools suffered the most under last year’s cuts…
May 24, 2010
City says strapped schools can go without parent coordinators
Joining 6,400 teachers on the chopping block are 350 parent coordinators whose schools will no longer be required to employ them, Chancellor Joel Klein announced today. For the first time since the position was created in 2003, high schools will be allowed to go without a parent coordinator, Klein told principals today, saving up to 350 schools just over $40,000 a year each. Parent coordinators whose jobs are eliminated will be at high risk of layoff, according to Department of Education spokeswoman Ann Forte. Elementary and middle schools are still required to keep a parent coordinator on staff. The instruction is a stark example of how budget cuts could undo some of Mayor Bloomberg's most ambitious education initiatives. The creation of the parent coordinator position in January 2003 was a central element of Bloomberg and Klein's early reforms. Klein also announced today that the Fair Student Funding formula the city devised to fund schools according to their students' needs no longer covers some schools' essential costs.
July 31, 2009
Avella says he would change city's school funding formula
As mayor, City Councilman Tony Avella would undo Mayor Bloomberg's trademark school funding program, Avella told GothamSchools in a an exclusive interview. Currently, the city uses a program called Fair Student Funding to give schools money based on the needs of the students they serve. Under Fair Student Funding, a school with more students scoring at the lowest level on state tests would get more money than a school where the majority of students are meet the standards for proficiency, for example.
May 19, 2009
Many principals to see a 5% cut tomorrow, even after stimulus
Principals will receive school budgets tomorrow that include a new 5 percent cut, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein announced today. The cuts are so deep that the department is temporarily abandoning its plan to finish adopting a new funding formula that it said would make school budgets more equitable. The cuts, totaling $405 million across the city schools, could threaten non-teacher staff positions, after school programs, and training for teachers. But roughly 60 percent of schools will not actually experience cuts of the maximum size, Klein told reporters at a briefing today. That's because slightly more than half of all principals chose not to allocate every dollar in their budgets for this year, instead "rolling over" a total of $95 million. The rainy day funds are being wiped out by the new cuts but are also softening the blow of next year's cuts for many schools. In addition, about 80 schools receiving the largest amounts of federal anti-poverty funds will actually see a slight increase in the size of their budgets, Klein said. The remaining 40 percent of schools will see their budgets drop the maximum 4.9 percent, he said. Today's cuts are on top of a total average 3 percent cut made to school budgets over the last year and a half. Because of the cuts, the DOE is suspending its plan to start charging schools the real salaries that teachers make, a change that had been the cornerstone of the department's Fair Student Funding formula.
October 23, 2008
After City Council vote, a new set of possibilities for the schools
Today’s City Council vote all but assures that Mayor Bloomberg will run for a third term as mayor. If he does, and especially if he…
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