Paterson offers “property tax relief” — NOT NY Torch

Governor Paterson has now all but formally abandoned the comprehensive school property tax cap he was pushing a year ago.  Instead, he has tucked a hopelessly byzantine variation of the cap into a proposed new property tax "circuit breaker" that wou...

The gubernatorial “void” on education NY Torch

By lifting its cap on charter schools and allowing test score gains to be considered in teacher evaluations, New York State could ultimately grab a share of the federal government's $4 billion in "Race to the Top" funding for educational improvement....

Still number one NY Torch

New York led the nation in K-12 education spending per pupil in 2006-07, according to new data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The Empire State's school spending of $15,981 per pupil was 65 percent above the national average of $9,666.  ...

Coming soon to a school district near you? NY Torch

Detroit's school system may soon follow GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy -- and it may be only the first of many such public-sector insolvencies around the country.  From today's Wall Street Journal report: Some experts say the Detroit case could be ...

Senate change = tax cap opportunity NY Torch

If the Republican leaders of the newly reconstituted state Senate majority really intend to press for property tax relief before the end of session, they should start by reviving the school property tax cap. But they should ignore the latest version of the tax cap sent up to the Legislature by Governor David Paterson. The governor's new program bill includes a gigantic carve-out for teacher retirement costs, which over the next few years will be skyrocketing.

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 SeeThroughNY.net, the government transparency website sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy.
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