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May 12, 2020With the State budget being realigned, now is the time to revisit how New York distributes its school aid dollars by accounting for student need, district wealth, and total district revenues.
December 05, 2019After months of public roundtables, will state lawmakers move to change the formula that determines aid for public schools? The Times Union’s Rachel Silberstein speaks with three education advocates about why they think it should happen.
Blog Capital Spending
June 07, 2019Like most other spending decisions, capital spending is best decided during budget negotiations.
May 31, 2019Do schools in NYS have enough money to provide a Sound Basic Education. CBC says yes, except for 21 districts.
May 22, 2019It will cost NYS school districts approximately $62.6 billion to provide a sound basic education to all students, yet several districts will not have enough funding.
March 07, 2019Despite significant funding increases over the past decade, some districts in New York State still do not have the resources to provide a sound basic education.
June 14, 2018Teachers in the Absentee Teacher Reserve (ATR) will cost the City $136 million in this school year. The City should pursue reforms to the ATR, such as a 6-month time limit, in upcoming labor negotiations with the UFT.
Blog Capital Spending
March 14, 2018Despite a pledge to collaborate with the City Council on a realistic Capital Commitment Plan, the City's overly ambitious proposal is neither realistic nor transparent.
Blog City Budget
March 08, 2018The City Council should reject this program, and all new school bus contracts should be awarded with an eye toward realizing savings in the costs of pupil transportation, now more than $1.2 billion.
Video Capital Spending
March 06, 2018Recently appointed the Executive Director of PANYNJ, Rick Cotton joins CBC to share the Port's priorities in the coming years.
February 22, 2018Making changes to Foundation Aid formula would better help school districts most in need while avoiding providing unnecessary amounts of funding to the wealthiest districts.
February 20, 2018The NYS FY2018-2019 Executive Budget increases school aid by $769 million, or 3 percent, to $26.4 billion- twice the increase allowed by the school aid cap.
February 02, 2018The FY 2019 Executive Budget proposed to allow the MTA to create tax increment financing districts in NYC to raise revenue for capital improvements. Though TIFs can play a useful role, the proposal is flawed.
January 02, 2018New York State will send $25 billion to local school districts during the 2017-2018 school year, accounting for approximately 37 percent of school district revenues.
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October 26, 2017CBC Breakfast conversation with John Rhodes, Chair of the Public Service Commission
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 12, 2017Director of State Studies David Friedfel breaks down NYS school spending per pupil by federal, state, and local revenues. Most revenue comes from local property taxes, which is how wealthier school districts are able to spend more while still getting a considerable amount from the state and federal levels.
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.
July 20, 2017Is the enhancement of 32 stations at a cost of nearly $1 billion worth the trade-off against other capital needs?
June 30, 2017City documents offer few details on how the new funding will be used to enhance different levels of affordability.