Statewide School Payrolls Posted at “SeeThroughNY” Press Releases

A searchable online database including salaries of 255,959 teachers and administrators employed by New York State’s public schools and colleges during the 2007-08 school year was posted today at, the government transparency website sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Transparency Website Upgraded Press Releases

Complete payrolls for four school districts, updated teacher union and school superintendent contracts, and a new interactive user forum have been added today to, the government transparency website sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Lifting the Shroud of Secrecy by Lise Bang-Jensen | | Reports

The “people’s right to know” is a hollow concept when government can withhold vital information until it is too late for the people’s voice to be heard.

Teachers Go Nuclear by E.J. McMahon | | New York Post

LAST week's state Senate approval of Gov. Paterson's proposed cap on school property taxes seems to have induced a nervous breakdown in the powerful statewide teachers' union.

NY School Spending Well Above Inflation in 2008-09 Press Releases

School districts across New York State will increase their per-pupil spending next year by nearly one and a half times the current rate of inflation -- despite falling real estate values and clear signs of an economic slowdown -- according to an analysis issued today by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Salvaging NY’s School “Contracts” | Reports

Spitzer’s expansion of education funding and restructuring of the school aid formula may be his most important legacy. Unfortunately, C4E has been seriously hobbled by flaws in its assumptions about the mechanisms of reform, by misguided beliefs about “what works” in achieving excellence, and by a compressed timeline for adoption and implementation.
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