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December 18, 2018City officials cannot continue to expect the City can build its way to a solution; making real progress will require implementing operational strategies that alter the use of space and redirect students to facilities with capacity.
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.
Special Feature Education
May 11, 2018Most of this year's school aid increases came in the form of Foundation Aid, which is intended to support high-need school districts. All districts received an increase, but some wealthier school districts fared better than others.
Op Ed Education
March 19, 2018Fixing the existing Foundation Aid formula would allow the state to fully fund a sound basic education with current resources.
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.
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.
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.
December 21, 2016The Board of Regents is calling for a $1.2 billion increase in school funding next year, including nearly $1.5 billion for foundation aid. However, he Citizens Budget Commission says there is a much cheaper way to help low-income students.
Press Mention Education
December 21, 2016David Friedfel, the Director of State Studies for the Citizens Budget Commission, explained a CBC report that argues that the Foundation Aid Formula, which is used to determine state funding for school districts, is skewed to favor some wealthy districts while shortchanging some poorer districts.
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.
Letter State Budget
November 18, 2016This bill imposes two unnecessary and costly requirements on the City’s procurement process for pupil transportation.
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.
Special Feature Education
June 03, 2016An interactive map which shows the proposed increase in school aid per pupil for each of New York State's 674 school districts and allows the comparison of state aid across major categories.
April 14, 2016Examines state school aid increases under the New York State Enacted Budget for Fiscal Year 2017.
Op Ed State Budget
April 03, 2016Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget projected out-year deficits of $1.2 billion, $3 billion and $3.4 billion in state fiscal years 2018, 2019, and 2020 (before unspecified savings associated with adherence to a 2 percent state operating spending growth cap).
Blog State Budget
March 21, 2016Why reauthorizing a rational funding plan for the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to raise tuition makes sense.
March 03, 2016CBC Breakfast with CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken in March 2016.
Blog State Budget
January 21, 2016Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-17 includes a 4.3 percent increase in total school aid; this reviews how the funds are allocated.
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.