School spending “restraint” is all relative NY Torch

New York State's school boards are patting themselves on the back for the relatively low levels of nominal spending growth in their proposed 2009-10 budgets, which will be submitted to local voters across the state next week.  But in real terms--adj...

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

Another “stimulus” myth NY Torch

In a passage reflecting House Democratic spin on the supposed economic benefits of the stimulus package, today's Washington Post reports that the bill includes aid "that many economists agree will enter the economic bloodstream quickly and trim furth...

Thompson’s blueprint for saving NYC NY Torch

City comptroller William Thompson released his regular "state of the city's finances" report today. It's not necessary to go into the gory details, since it's past time for everyone simply to stipulate that things are ugly so that we can get on with ...

Data of the day: school aid NY Torch

Governor Paterson reportedly will propose a mid-year cut in state aid to public schools as part of a $2 billion budget reduction package to be released tomorrow. Here's a chart that provides some perspective on the budgetary debate ahead: [caption id...

Huh? NY Torch

Addressing the possibility of mid-year cuts in school aid, which Senate leaders are pledging to avoid, Governor Paterson is quoted in today's Newsday as saying: "Seventy-one percent of the resources we spend on education are administrative. We can make a lot of cuts ... without touching the classroom or affecting teachers."