Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
City Schools Face Cuts in July
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
New York, NY —
The city's public schools will take a budget hit of $310 million in the coming fiscal year, which begins in July. Chancellor Joel Klein says individual schools will have to make cuts of between 4 and 5 percent.
KLEIN: If they have a Saturday program, they may have to cut something like that. It may affect their after school program, some school may affect the costs that they spend on professional development.
Klein says cut is unavoidable, even after accounting for federal economic stimulus money, because of teacher raises, and rising costs in special ed and pre-school. He says he still plans for no teacher layoffs.