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.
Budget Cuts Hit Schools Hard
Thursday, December 18, 2008
New York, NY —
The city's Department of Education is preparing a list of possible budget cuts, to be delivered to City Hall on Monday, following Mayor Bloomberg's request that agencies slice another seven percent from their budgets. The schools could wind up with a total of $1.5 billion LESS next year than expected. Bloomberg has warned that there's no room left to cut from administration and that classrooms are bound to suffer.
Teachers' union president Randi Weingarten agrees, saying principals were already forced to cut back after-school programs last school year.
WEINGARTEN: Somebody can look at it in terms of class sizes will skyrocket, somebody can look at it in terms of no classes other than maybe math and English and maybe social studies and science, only because they're required.
Weingarten is among those calling for a new tax on the wealthiest New Yorkers to help plug the gap. She also says the federal government needs to help the states.