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Report: Childcare Cuts Threaten Working Parents

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WNYC

Children's advocates argue that cuts to after-school and childcare programs hurt not only the children they serve, but the city's working parents. They surveyed nearly 6,000 parents who said they rely on the programs to stay employed. The proposed cuts are part of budget talks underway between City Hall and the City Council.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ramapo School Board Vote

Thursday, May 23, 2013

With conflict deepening and public school classes already being slashed, voters in East Ramapo rejected a school budget yesterday, one of the few districts in New York State to do so. We'll get the latest on the school board vote from Mareesa Nicosia, reporter at The Journal News. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Sequester's Real: Head Start

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, director of the Office of Head Start, explains how sequestration cuts are affecting the program and the children enrolled in it.

→ Reading List: FAQ on Sequester ImpactRoundup of Media Coverage (By State)

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Sequester's Real: Biomed

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The automatic spending cuts are starting to be felt in a variety of areas that receive government funding. Sarah Gonzalez, New Jersey Public Radio reporter, discusses her reporting on how the sequester is leading to a cut in funding and the closing of labs in the local biotech industry.

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Schoolbook

Bloomberg Defends Legacy with Final Budget

Thursday, May 02, 2013

WNYC

Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented a $69.8 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that contains about $800 million in one-time revenue and calls for reduced spending on education. Proposed cuts include $135 million for after-school and early childhood education programs and a reduction of 1,800 teaching positions through attrition over the next two years as a result of the city's failure to reach a deal with the unions on a teacher evaluation plan.

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Schoolbook

Tweed to Absorb Much of Lost Aid

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he's planning next year's budget without $250 million in state education aid, money the city lost when it failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations, despite a legal challenge to the loss of funds.

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WNYC News

Cuomo: Budget Deal Appears Unlikely Before Weekend

Thursday, March 14, 2013

State lawmakers are hurrying toward getting a budget agreement in place, with a stepped up schedule of conference committees and meetings with Governor Cuomo.

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WNYC News

City Council Says NYPD Should Be Spared from Mid-Year Cuts

Monday, September 24, 2012

As the mid-year budget cut dance begins, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other council members want to see at least one department protected: The NYPD.

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Don't Worry, Congress Won't Face Pay Cuts in Sequestration

Monday, September 17, 2012

Members of Congress won't see their paychecks shrink after massive scheduled spending cuts go into effect in 2013, but the police on Capitol Hill will.

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The Takeaway

Fire Trucks in Baltimore: Brought to You by...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What happens when a struggling city government seeks corporate sponsorship? Cities across the country are considering the question. For example, KFC has sold ads on manhole covers and fire hydrants in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee to help cities to cover their infrastructure costs.

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WNYC News

Poor in Wealthy Neighborhoods Miss Out on Services: Report

Monday, April 16, 2012

As the city targets where to keep subsidized child care and after school programs, public housing developments in wealthy neighborhoods are getting overlooked, according to a report by United Neighborhood Houses.

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Schoolbook

School Budget Picture Evolving

Friday, March 30, 2012

With conflicting budget figures rolling around, the city continues to insist: not to worry. Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said Tuesday at a City Council hearing on the preliminary budget that he intended to protect schools from cuts and planned to keep the schools' budgets stable. If that is so, it means principals -- who control their own budgets in New York City -- can avoid more of the painful cuts of this school year and maintain a similar level of service and staffing.

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The Takeaway

Richard Codey Pretends to Be Homeless: What's Your Take on the Senator's Actions?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Last Monday, as most elected officials returned home, one state senator spent the night out… at a homeless shelter. Former New Jersey Governor Richard Codey is now a state senator from Essex and Morris Counties. On Monday night, disguised with a pasted-on gray beard and some effective make-up, the man who once ran New Jersey slept at the Goodwill Mission in Newark. His night out marked the end of a four-month investigation into the state’s services for the mentally ill. New Jersey, like a number of states across the country, has been hit with severe budget cuts in the wake of the financial crisis. Codey was determined to find out just how these service cuts have affected citizens in his district. 

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Schoolbook

Protesters Urge Mayor to Spare Programs for Children

Monday, March 05, 2012

Parents, City Council members and Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, gathered in front of City Hall on Monday to protest proposed cuts to child care and after-school programs. One parent said, “I can’t be there when that bell rings at 2:45.”

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Schoolbook

Examining Teacher Rankings

Monday, March 05, 2012

Schools and teachers are still reeling from the release and publication of their performance ratings -- particularly at two Brooklyn schools, where teachers received low ratings despite the schools' otherwise excellent reputations. Also, how Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposed budget could affect child care and after-school programs.

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New Jersey Budget

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WNYC senior reporter Bob Hennelly discusses Gov. Christie's budget proposal as well as how Federal budget cuts may affect local services.

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Schoolbook

Church Groups Push Albany to Allow Them Back Into School Buildings

Friday, February 03, 2012

Church groups and some lawmakers are putting pressure on Albany to pass legislation that would allow them to continue to worship in public schools, an end run around a court-upheld Department of Education policy barring the groups. And in other news, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's preliminary budget did not threaten teachers with layoffs, a notable fact only because for the last two years, he has proposed to cut thousands of teaching jobs.

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The Takeaway

Panetta Aims to Cut Billions from Pentagon Budget

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is expected to announce plans this week to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the Pentagon's budget. The cuts, precipitated by both the United States' fiscal situation and a deal passed to raise the debt ceiling last summer, will shrink the military so it will no longer be able to sustain two ground wars at once. The Pentagon will trim about $450 billion, or about 8 percent of its budget. However, it may be forced to cut an additional $500 billion if lawmakers on Capitol Hill go through with deeper reductions. Defense hawks say cutting $1 trillion from the Pentagon's budget would have a deleterious impact on national security.

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The Takeaway

As Police Departments Shrink, Officer Shooting Deaths Increase

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Even though the housing bubble burst nearly five years ago, local governments are only now beginning to feel its repercussions with significantly lower tax revenues. Many municipalities across the country have chosen to bridge this gap by cutting services, specifically in police departments. In 2011, there were fewer cops on patrol than there have been in 25 years. This precipitous drop coincided with a 13 percent increase in the number of officers killed in the line of duty.

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Schoolbook

Union Claims Nearly a Million Students Hit by Budget Cuts

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

City teachers are reporting more crowded classrooms, fewer textbooks and even a lack of furniture in a survey of union representatives across the five boroughs. The union released the results of an email survey to its representatives across the system, and said class sizes are more crowded than at any time since the 1970s.

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