Rebooting Smart Schools Reports

The Smart Schools grant-making process has been sluggish and haphazard, reflecting the program’s overly broad standards and goals.

Tax Cap = Budget OKs by Ken Girardin | NY Torch

The tax cap effect was on full display in yesterday’s school budget voting.

School budgets were approved at a record-high rate of 99.3 percent, adding to evidence that districts can live within a property tax cap set at either 2 percent or the prior year’s average rate of inflation, whichever is less.

School Districts Pushing The Limit Press Releases, Reports

Nearly half of the 669 school districts seeking voter approval for budgets on Tuesday, May 16 are presenting spending plans that call for increasing property taxes as high as the 2011 property tax cap law allows, according to an analysis released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Buffalo’s murky teacher pact by Ken Girardin | NY Torch

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.