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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)?
August 20, 2014The City Council should reject proposed legislation that would provide grants to pay higher wages and benefits to certain school transportation service employees than those required by the City's contracts with the private bus companies that employ them.
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.
Op Ed Pensions & Benefits
April 30, 2014The tentative agreement between the city and the teachers union resolves major uncertainty surrounding the city's financial plan and ensures some stability in labor relations with a major segment of the city workforce for the next five years.
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.
Op Ed State Budget
December 27, 2011As Governor Cuomo prepares his executive budget, he should seek structral changes that slow down the state's most potent cost-drivers (pensions, school aid and Medicaid), halt additional economic development spending and steer clear of budget tricks. Senior Research Associate Tammy Gamerman pens an op-ed for the New York Post.
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.
Op Ed Education
November 06, 2011New York State imposes more than 200 special education mandates beyond those required by federal law. Many of them translate into higher costs and fuel rapid and unsustainable spending growth.
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.
Letter Pensions & Benefits
June 29, 2011CBC sent a letter of commendation to the State Legislators who voted against school district borrowing for pension contributions (A6309/S4067).
Op Ed State Budget
June 27, 2011CBC President Carol Kellermann pens an op-ed congratulating the Governor and State Legislature on a productive session, but says more needs to be done on fiscal matters.
Op Ed Education
May 09, 2011CBC Research Associate Selma Mustovic pens an op-ed which advocates to establish a more rational tuition policy and greater regulatory freedom for New York's entire system of public higher education.
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.
April 08, 2011CBC Breakfast with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in April 2011.
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.