Some of New York’s worst tendencies in bargaining with government unions were on display yesterday in Buffalo—even before the school board illegally took things behind closed doors.
Twenty-two percent of public school teachers and administrators in New York school districts outside New York City—including about half in the city’s suburbs—were paid more than $100,000 during the 2015-16 school year, according to data added today to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website.
Whereas NYSUT can negotiate lower benefits for its own employees, McMahon said "School districts don't have that choice. In fact, they have to keep giving raises to people."
The school-budget votes this year included more property-tax-cap overrides and a drop in voter turnout, a report from a school group showed.
The Empire Center found city school-custodian engineers were the highest-paid group of city employees in 2014, earning an average of $109,467.
And their union contract made it impossible to fire them unless they were jailed. Some custodians did stellar work — but many schools looked like dumps.
Twenty-nine of the 37 districts that sought to override the property tax cap were successful in yesterday’s school budget votes, as the majority of districts elected to limit their tax increases to the cap itself.
Fueled by an increase in state aid and higher property taxes, the 669 school districts subject to New York’s property tax levy cap plan to spend 2.8 percent more per student in 2016-17 than they did this year, according to an analysis released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy. Per-pupil tax levies, meanwhile, would increase by an average of 1.3 percent.
The ABCs of New York City school funding make no sense — as enrollment has gone down, staffing has gone up, according to a government watchdog.
While the number of students fell by 8.6 percent between 2000-2001 and 2014-2015, staffing levels rose by 3.2 percent, the Empire Center for Public Policy reported Tuesday.