Statement Urging City Council to Reject Proposed Grants for Certain School Transportation Service Employees

Aug 20, 2014

The City Council should reject proposed legislation that would provide grants to pay higher wages and benefits to certain school transportation service employees than those required by the City's contracts with the private bus companies that employ them.

New York Led the Nation in Education Spending in 2012

Jun 02, 2014
New U.S. Census data show New York maintained its position as the top per-pupil spender among states on public elementary-secondary education in 2012. New York spent $19,552 per student, compared to $10,608 on average nationally, and $16,274 and $17,266 on average in the neighboring states of Connecticut and New Jersey, respectively.

Doulis: City, Teachers’ Agreement Resolves Major Uncertainty Around City’s Financial Plan

May 01, 2014

The tentative agreement between the city and the teachers union resolves major uncertainty surrounding the city's financial plan and ensures some stability in labor relations with a major segment of the city workforce for the next five years.

No Contract Does Not Mean No Raises

Apr 07, 2014
The fact that the entire unionized New York City municipal workforce is working under expired contracts is a big problem, but it does not mean that all municipal workers have gone without raises since their contracts expired.

What School Aid Cap? For a Second Year School Aid Grows More than 5 Percent

Apr 04, 2014
As CBC warned last year, the school aid genie did not go back in the bottle. The fiscal year 2015 New York State enacted budget increased school aid by $1.1 billion for school year 2014-15, or 5.4 percent.

Fix New York State’s Broken School Aid Formulas

Mar 12, 2014
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fiscal year 2014-15 Executive Budget proposes to increase education aid from $21.1 billion to $21.9 billion, a change of $807 million or 3.8 percent from school year 2013-14. If the legislature approves the increase, school year 2014-15 will mark the first year that school aid surpasses its pre-recession 2009-10 peak. Unfortunately, much of this large infusion of resources will be misdirected to school districts with less need than others.

School Aid in the 2014-15 Executive Budget: An Overview and Interactive Map

Jan 28, 2014
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fiscal year 2014-15 Executive Budget proposes to increase total education aid from $21.1 billion to $21.9 billion, a change of $807 million or 3.8 percent from school year 2013-14. Of the total increase $100 million is for universal prekindergarten expansion, $79 million is for unspecified uses and $25 million funds performance grants for teachers and school districts.

Letter to the Governor Urges Approval of Preschool Special Education Oversight Bill

Dec 10, 2013

CBC urges the approval of A7302-A/S5568-A, a bill that will improve the oversight of preschool special education program providers.

It would reduce fraud, abuse and mismanagement by requiring that every provider be audited at least once by the State Comptroller by March 31, 2018 and that Executive Directors of providers be fully engaged and qualified for their positions.

The Challenge of Making Universal Prekindergarten a Reality in New York State

Oct 24, 2013

Calling for the expansion of prekindergarten programs in New York may be popular and, if done properly, may also be worthwhile and cost effective over the long run. But before raising public expectations, New York’s leaders should review the history of such efforts and take stock of some key realities, including the high cost.

Report: The Challenge of Making Universal Prekindergarten a Reality in New York State
Map: Universal Pre-K Participation
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