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.
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.