Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
DOE Needs Stimulus Funds to Prevent Layoffs
Thursday, March 26, 2009
New York, NY —
Schools chancellor Joel Klein says Albany may shortchange local schools, and not deliver the full amount of federal stimulus funds the city deserves. At a Council hearing today, he says the city may have to lay off 4,000 people, including 2,000 teachers.
KLEIN: If we get the $500 million we anticipate, no teacher reduction. We still anticipate some staff. If we had another 150 or so, I think we could protect all the staff.
Klein says he thinks the state will only give the city's Department of Education $360 million in stimulus funding.