The Beekmantown Central School District made a serious error when voting-machine-300x400-4011314preparing its voting machines prior to their school budget vote back in May.  At least one of the three machines understated — by $2 million — the cost of the proposed budget (and a second proposition for the purchase of buses).

Some concerned taxpayers appealed the results of the vote to the State Education Department (SED), rightly concerned that the misrepresentation swayed the results.  Beekmantown’s budget passed by only 16 votes. (Download a PDF of their appeal here.)

The SED ruled yesterday to nullify the vote, which means Beekmantown taxpayers get a second chance to vote on their budget at the end of the month.

Aside: The same group of taxpayers have recently launched a website – www.UnitedForTheKids.org – that includes analysis and data related to the school, and a very cool “Test Your Knowledge” game.

Tags:

About the Author

Tim Hoefer

Tim Hoefer is president & CEO of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Read more by Tim Hoefer

You may also like

NY State Public School Enrollment Falls Five Percent Since Covid

New York’s public schools lost almost 60,000 students — 2.38 percent of their total student population —in the past year alone Read More

Emergency Billions Pose Opportunity—and Risk—for NYS Schools

New York schools are to post publicly today plans for spending a huge pile of unexpected and unbudgeted cash. Read More

On Measuring School Quality, Education Week Misses the Mark

Education Week’s rankings do not measure what counts. New York’s substandard achievement coupled with highest-in-the-nation spending and above-average wealth means that when it comes to school quality, New York fails to pass the mark. Read More

State Forces School Districts To Give Raises—And Layoffs

Months of bad decisions and inaction by New York state officials have put school districts in the awkward position of having to give pay raises to most teachers while laying off others. Read More

Even After Aid Cut, New York Will Spend Most on Education

If New York was a country in 2016—the most recent year for global education spending data—it would have boasted the highest per pupil expenditure in the world, even after subtracting 20 percent of state aid. Read More

“LIFO” strikes again

Rochester schools are laying off 152 teachers, but there’s little doubt which educators are on the chopping block. Read More

Where NY’s school money goes

It’s commonly perceived that New York’s education funding system directs more money to wealthier, whiter schools than to poorer, less white schools – and that the distribution of state aid reinforces those inequities. Looking at the totality of school spending across the state, however, different patterns emerge. Read More

Teachers union shrinks after Janus

New York’s statewide teachers union is collecting cash from about 6,000 fewer people than it was before the Supreme Court ruling that ended compulsory union fees for public employees. Read More

Subscribe

Sign up to receive updates about Empire Center research, news and events in your email.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Empire Center for Public Policy
30 South Pearl St.
Suite 1210
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-434-3100

General Inquiries: Info@EmpireCenter.org

Press Inquiries: Press@EmpireCenter.org

About

The Empire Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank located in Albany, New York. Our mission is to make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, and the ideals of effective and accountable government.

Empire Center Logo Enjoying our work? Sign up for email alerts on our latest news and research.
Together, we can make New York a better place to live and work!