De Blasio’s bizarre school-custodian ‘solution’ New York Post

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.

The tax cap works, again by Ken Girardin | NY Torch

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.

Schools Plan to Spend at Twice Inflation Rate Press Releases

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.

School staffing goes up as enrollment goes down New York Post

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.

Editorial: Pensions must be sustainable The Leader-Herald

A recent report from the Empire Center shows the average New York state teacher who retired after working 30 years for the state's public schools collected an average of $67,476 per year in pension income, which is not subject to state income tax or federal payroll tax. These pension recipients are also eligible for Social Security and often have free or low- cost health insurance.