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December 12, 2016This report explains why Foundation Aid, a need-based State school aid program, was developed, what is wrong with it, and how to make it better.
Report Pensions & Benefits
October 05, 2016A unique feature of a tax deferred compensation plan available to NYC teachers guarantees them a 7% investment return regardless of what happens to interest rates or in the stock market.
September 07, 2016CBC unpacks 5 myths about the crowding problem in New York City Schools. While crowding persists in some districts, there is excess capacity citywide.
Report City Budget
February 02, 2016This report examines the feasibility and the cost of options for expanding the Department of Sanitation's organic waste program.
January 11, 2016This school year New York State will spend $23.5 billion on aid to school districts, accounting for 25 percent of the state-funded operating budget. The State’s role in K-12 public education is critical to offsetting disparities in local wealth and student need, yet numerous problems remain in the state school aid formulas. In advance of the Governor’s budget proposal for next year, this primer outlines how state school aid functions and how to better target state resources.
Report Public Workforce
December 09, 2015The FDNY responds to more more medical emergencies than fires. The department needs a fundamental transformation.
November 01, 2006Following up on its previous research on the issues surrounding the State Court’s decision in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case, CBC hosted two expert panel discussions focusing on key issues in education finance reform. This brief recounts the proceedings from the second of those discussions, which took place on April 27, 2006. The discussion focused on responsibly generating revenues to fund the Court’s mandate, thinking about other changes needed to accomplish reform, and developing the role of the business community in seeing reform across the finish line.
September 28, 2006The report discusses the background of the 2003 New York State Court of Appeals decision in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case, an overview of the issue, explains what is wrong with the current system, provides possible sources of revenue, and provides a discussion framework.
Report Pensions & Benefits
March 31, 2006This report summarizes a more detailed study prepared by CBC, “The Case for Redesigning Retirement Benefits for New York’s Public Employees,” released in 2005. For decades the popular image of government employment has involved the tradeoff of lower wages for job security and relatively generous retirement benefits. That image, while still widespread, is no longer the reality.