Tag: Schools

The Empire Center is participating in "Sunshine Week," a nationwide effort to promote government transparency. Check back during the week to see our latest releases. Read More

School costs can’t be allowed to grow faster than the income of the taxpayers. That’s true of all government spending for every societal need. But when it comes to building roads, housing or protecting the environment, you don’t really hear a roar of influential voices making a perpetual argument that no matter how much we spend, it is nowhere near enough. With schools, you always do. But this year Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is trying to change that. Read More

School districts across New York are clamoring for a full restoration of state aid cuts known as the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA. But a look at spending in the state's second-largest city illustrates how this battle is not necessarily all about the kids. Read More

If Glick is really looking for an unseemly message about public school pay, maybe she should take a look at what the city and state are coughing up for teacher pensions. New data from the Empire Center for the Public Policy shows the number of teachers receiving six-figure pensions in New York nearly tripled between 2009 and 2014. Read More

The number of teachers and administrators raking in six-figure annual pensions in New York state nearly tripled between 2009 and 2014, according to a new report. Data from the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany-based think tank, show that more than 4,800 school retirees were eligible to receive pensions of more than $100,000 in 2014, up from 1,600 in 2009. Read More

Instead of a gold watch, more and more teachers are getting gold-plated pensions when they retire. The number of retirees earning six-figure pensions from the city and state teacher retirement systems nearly tripled during the past five years, according to a report from the Empire Center for Public Policy released Thursday. Read More