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.
Feds Can Help Save NYC Teachers
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
New York, NY —
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there's no need for Mayor Bloomberg to eliminate up to 15 thousand teaching positions in his new budget plan.
Silver says he believes federal aid from the stimulus package will make up for state education cuts to the city.
SILVER: It is unfortunate that the mayor has targeted just teachers in classroom to absorb all the cuts and our children. Notwithstanding that I will go to Washington, I'll speak to the President, I'll speak to the Senators, we'll make sure that we get that money back to the classroom.
REPORTER: Silver says he disagreed with Bloomberg's argument that state school aid isn't flexible enough because it's tied to too many categories.
He said the formulas are designed to make sure education money goes to classrooms instead of to the bureaucracy and consultants.