Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
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.