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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.
Report City Budget
June 30, 2017How do New Yorkers feel about quality of life and municipal services? It varies tremendously by community district.
May 24, 2017CBC offers two recommendations for improving the school planning and siting process: maximize use of existing capacity, and target new capacity to areas with the highest need.
Report City Budget
May 16, 201710,000 New Yorkers responded to a survey about which services they're satisfied with -- and which are in need of improvement.
April 20, 2017In order to adequately fund education in all districts without excessive state spending, more comprehensive modifications are required.
February 09, 2017Big changes proposed to Foundation Aid bake in existing inequities.
Testimony City Budget
January 30, 2017CBC opposes extending the Department of Small Business Services program providing grants to companies that provide school bus transportation in order to maintain the wages and benefits of certain employees for a third year.
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.
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.
Blog State Budget
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.
November 01, 2011New York State imposes more than 200 special education mandates above and beyond those required by federal law; changes are needed to bring NY in line with other states.
May 01, 2011Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a proposal from SUNY-Buffalo to give that university greater autonomy. The proposal deserves support and should be extended to all SUNY schools.
March 31, 2011Changes made in the Enacted NYS FY2012 Budget “leveled” out the Governor’s original school aid proposal, which had been targeted so that the percent cut generally increased as the wealth of the district increased.
February 27, 2011The overall reduction in school aid in the NY State FY2012 Executive Budget is necessary to bring spending to a more sustainable level, but the cuts’ impacts on individual districts should be modified.
Blog Pensions & Benefits
February 01, 2011Negotiating increases in premium sharing with school employee unions would provide immediate savings and reduce future costs.