"By definition, it's use it or lose it," said E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center for New York State Policy. "It's the worst possible way to spend money. And it some districts, it will be free money for low-priority items." Read More
The data comes after the state Court of Appeals ruled last week that pension systems in New York must release the names and details of its pensioners. The state Teachers’ Retirement System, as well as New York City pension funds, had refused to release the information because lower court rulings hadn’t required it to be made public. The lawsuit that led to the ruling was brought by the Empire Center for Public Policy. The think tank received the information this week and posted it on its website,www.SeeThroughNY.net. Read More
New York once again tops the 50-state (plus D.C.) rankings of per-pupil spending in the latest U.S. Census Bureau data on public school finances. As of 2012, public schools in the Empire State spent $19,552 per pupil—84 percent above the U.S. average, according to the latest annual Census Bureau report, which was released today. The gap between New York and the rest of the U.S. has increased significantly during the latest six years for which the Census Bureau has compiled these statistics. As of 2005-06, New York’s per pupil spending was 63 percent above average. Read More
E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, told ABC News he doesn’t know how an observer would conclude there’s no conflict here. Schmidt “is a vendor. It’s pretty clear to be there’s a conflict. This is an incredible blind spot on the governor’s part,” McMahon said. Read More
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, has been named by Governor Cuomo to a commission “charged with advising the State on how to best invest the Governor’s proposed $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act in order to enhance teaching and learning through technology,” as announced by the governor’s office today.* Read More
The Citizens Budget Commission has posted some nifty charts breaking out the difference between New York State and the U.S. averages for different categories of public elementary and secondary school spending. One noteworthy data point: between 1999 and 2009, spending per pupil on employee benefits for instructional staff rose 169 percent in New York... Read More
"...the Empire Center is the think tank that spent months trying to pry Covid data out of Mr. Cuomo's government, which offered a series of unbelievable excuses for its refusal to disclose...five months after it (the Empire Center) sued, Team Cuomo finally started coughing up some of the records." -Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2021
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