SchoolBook: The Money

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to the New York Times/WNYC project SchoolBook, looks at New York City's public schools and money -- government funding, as well as teacher and parent contributions.

Parents/Teachers:  What's your annual contribution for supplies and fund-raising?  Has your school's budget been cut?


Beth Fertig

Comments [8]


A parent calling the Brian Lehrer show today Tues. 3/20/12 commented that Charter schools are 'poaching' children from the local elementary schools. Using 'taxpayer money' they show up near the schools with signs advertising the Charter School etc. Brian did not pick up on this [the topic was parents paying for things needed by public NYCity schools] , but if this is true, this should be investigated.

Mar. 20 2012 04:12 PM

Towards the end of the program Beth references a report by the IBO which found that students who attend integrated schools do better on test scores. How can I get a link to that report?

Sep. 15 2011 03:39 PM
Rob from UWS

Interesting discussion on air this morning about private donations by parents to public schools.

The inequity problem is important, but not insurmountable. What if parents with children at the 'wealthier' schools could somehow earmark some of their donation for other neighborhood schools?

So for example, a parent giving $500 to PS 87, a well-funded school on the Upper West Side, could earmark 10 percent to go to PS 191, a nearby school with less. Maybe it could be run by a 3rd party who helped match well-resourced parent bodies with under-resourced schools.

If the 'poorer' schools got more resources it might help attract more students and take pressure off over-subscibed schools like PS 87.

Sep. 15 2011 01:28 PM
Ben from Park Slope

Beth Fertig is a treasure.

Sep. 15 2011 11:47 AM
dage from BK

How come NYC Council Members aren't required to give all schools the same amount of money? Why should a school in the South Bronx not have science classes or paper towel in the bathroom, while schools on the Upper West Side have everything they need?

Sep. 15 2011 10:58 AM
a parent from brooklyn

I never understood why the schools that end up with more money than they can spend (happend at our school!) don't donate pta funds to needier schools that have no pta budget. I suggested this but did not get anywhere.

Sep. 15 2011 10:57 AM
Gina from Pelham, NY

I live in Pelham in Westchester County and my children are in the public schools. We are prohibited from using private money to supplement school services. OUr PTA raises a small amount of funds each year (say $10K) and we must ask the school district to make "gifts" to the school of technology or other special items. The fact that parents in NYC can increase the wealth gap for their children in public schools strikes me as profoundly unjust.

Sep. 15 2011 10:56 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Please contrast this to the report by the College Board (in WSJ today) that SAT's continue to decline and reading scores this year were the LOWEST on record.

(Actually, Tamar Lewin's NYT post this AM "blamed" it on more minorities taking the exam, LOL)

School spending goes up, teachers' union benefits go up steadily.....and scores have been sliding relentlessly.

Sep. 15 2011 10:48 AM

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