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Education Cuts Could Slash Teacher Training, After-School Programs

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The head of the city's principals union says proposals by the state and city to cut as much as $1.5 billion from education will require his members to cut after-school programs, teacher training, and the number of hours for their parent coordinators.

REPORTER: Ernest Logan, president of the Council of Supervisors and Administrators, says the city should consider alternatives. He suggests spreading out assessment tests, so they aren't given as often, and opening fewer small schools.

LOGAN: Every time you open up a school it's start-up cost, and I don't care if it's a traditional DOE school or charter school there's some start-up cost involved in that.

REPORTER: The city has opened almost 300 small schools since Mayor Bloomberg took office, often by phasing out large schools, and replacing them with four or five new ones.

A Department of Education spokeswoman says 13 schools which are being phased out this year will need to be replaced with small schools. But the DOE has yet to decide on opening more schools.

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