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.
Stimulating City Schools
Friday, February 13, 2009
New York, NY —
When President Obama signs the stimulus bill next week, Mayor Bloomberg predicts New York will get enough education funding to prevent the city from laying off any teachers.
The stimulus is expected to cover a $770 million cut in state aid to New York City.
But the city's own budget problems are so bad that it might have to cut another $500 million from the schools.
Michael Mulgrew, chief operating officer for the United Federation of Teachers, says no one knows if the federal money can fill that hole, or if it has to go through Albany, first.
MULGREW: So that's the part that you keep hearing about when people keep saying over and over again 'we're not sure yet' because the language isn't out.
REPORTER: The UFT and various education advocates have called on the state to raise taxes on the wealthiest 5% of New Yorkers.
Mayor Bloomberg and Republicans in the State Senate oppose additional income taxes.