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October 19, 2014While enhancing the use of technology in schools is a popular cause, the Smart Schools Bond Act is ill-conceived and deserves a "no" vote for three reasons discussed in this report.
October 15, 2014What are the challenges facing the New York State Education Department's (NYSED)?
June 01, 2014New 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.
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May 21, 2014CBC Breakfast with NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen in May 2014.
April 03, 2014The fiscal year 2015 New York State enacted budget increased school aid by $1.1 billion for school year 2014-15, or 5.4 percent - above the "cap" of 4 percent.
March 11, 2014Large increase in school aid proposed in the State fiscal year 2014-15 Executive Budget will be misdirected to school districts with less need than others.
January 27, 2014Reviews Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fiscal year 2014-15 Executive Budget school aid proposal.
December 19, 2012CBC Breakfast with New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr. in December 2012.
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December 17, 2012Four important challenges face state leaders as they prepare the next budget for FY2014 in Medicaid, Education, Economic Development and Local Government Relief.
December 12, 2012This brief examines education funding in New York State with an emphasis on the distribution of funding versus costs across school districts. The brief includes recommended reforms to the State aid formulas in order to better target resources to the neediest districts and promote greater efficiency in school district management.
December 12, 2012School districts in New York spent $1,100 per pupil on average on transportation in 2010, more than any other state and 140 percent above the U.S. average of $459.
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October 10, 2012This brief analyzes the first round of awards for New York State's Regional Economic Development Councils and provides recommendations to standardize and improve evaluation of programs, as well as move toward a unified economic development budget.
September 19, 2012New York school spending is, on average, well above the national norm, but the statewide average masks wide variation among districts.
July 27, 2012This letter urges Governor Cuomo to veto a bill that would allow for consideration of a child’s “home environment and family background” in determining special education placements. This provision has the potential to create significant costs for school districts.
July 26, 2012Simply put, the aggregate amount of money is not the problem. Rather, current funding needs to be re-targeted to reflect new priorities.
June 04, 2012The New York State Board of Regents approved a package of special education mandate relief measures, recommended by Governor Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team, that should be passed in the Legislature.
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April 11, 2012In New York City, current reporting requirements fall short of capturing the full amount of spending in the name of economic development.
March 20, 2012Reviews and recommends changes to the school aid proposal made in the NYS Executive Budget for FY2013.
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December 19, 2011The Governor should avoid more new taxes as the way to close the rest of the budget gap and instead focus on containing spending growth in Medicaid, pensions, education, and economic development.