Friday, October 18, 2013

$500 million? No! $3 BILLION! That’s $3BILLION! Comments New York State’s Underfunding of NYC Schools | School Finance 101

$500 million? No! $3 BILLION! That’s $3BILLION! Comments New York State’s Underfunding of NYC Schools | School Finance 101:

$500 million? No! $3 BILLION! That’s $3BILLION! Comments New York State’s Underfunding of NYC Schools

Posted on October 18, 2013
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New York’s Governor Cuomo has been big on words promising NOT TO FUND New York State schools and squeeze them to the maximum extent possible with layers of cuts and caps. After all – NOT FUNDING SCHOOLS is the most noble of endeavors – that along with declaring death penalties for those underfunded, high need schools that post low average test scores.
The Governor’s most recent anti-school-funding attack comes in response to NYC Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio’s campaign promise to push for universal preschool for city school children. At least as characterized in a New York Daily News editorial, the noble Governor is again set to dig in his heals against any additional spending on schools:
Laying claim to big ideas, Bill de Blasio has promised to deliver universal all-day pre-kindergarten, paid for by raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers.
The attractive concept helped boost de Blasio to a commanding lead over Republican Joe Lhota, and is key to his education program. He calls universal pre-k “how we will start to close the achievement gap” between minority and white children.
Now is the time for voters to consider whether de Blasio has a prayer of fulfilling 

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