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Blog City Budget
October 20, 2017New Yorkers tell us what the biggest issues are requiring the attention of city government. Click to see how your neighbors responded.
September 07, 2017Based on the most recent national data, New York spends more per pupil than any other state: $21,206 per pupil compared to the national average of $11,392 as of the 2014-2015 school year.
Op Ed City Budget
May 09, 2017The program was bad policy from the outset-- and was extended for a third year. The City Council should defund it when the budget is adopted.
April 20, 2017In order to adequately fund education in all districts without excessive state spending, more comprehensive modifications are required.
Op Ed Education
March 22, 2017How much more funding should New York state provide to Syracuse public schools? A report by the Citizens Budget Commission, for which I was the primary author, says that an increase of $83 million is needed for the City of Syracuse school district.
Op Ed Education
March 08, 2017With reforms to the way funding is distributed, the State can fund a "sound, basic education" with $569 million more in annual funding.
February 09, 2017Big changes proposed to Foundation Aid bake in existing inequities.
June 22, 2015High levels of school spending in NY largely reflected the relatively high cost of employee compensation.
April 08, 2015The fiscal year 2016 state budget enacted last week includes a 6.0 percent increase in annual formula-based aid to school districts from $21.8 billion to $23.1 billion. This is the third consecutive year in which the Governor and the legislature have busted the statutory growth cap they agreed upon in 2011.