Students returning to school this week across New York state should have plenty of room and no problem finding a seat. That’s because enrollment numbers are expected to be at an all-time low since the early 1970s. Read More
A fiscally conservative think tank says New York's public school enrollment continues to decline. The Empire Center reports that public school enrollment for the completed 2017-2018 school year was estimated at 2.6 million, or more than 15,000 down from the year before. Read More
Twenty-four percent of public school teachers and administrators in New York school districts outside New York City were paid more than $100,000 during the 2017-18 school year, according to data added today to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More
Now the state is facing complaints by districts that the process to obtain their piece of the pie is too lengthy and complicated. A study by the Empire Center called the rollout to local districts "sluggish and haphazard." The fiscally conservative center also questioned how the borrowed money is being spent, with such a sizable portion going for construction, not the new technology on which the bond issue was sold to voters. Read More
Nearly half of the 669 school districts are proposing tax levy increases that go right up to the cap, according to an analysis by The Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank. A total of 309 districts are at the cap limit. The center claims this fact is evidence that school districts would have proposed higher levy increases without the cap. Read More
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