Thursday, June 14, 2012
An active parent and prolific PTA fund-raiser writes: To those of us, like me, who have led the charge and devoted endless hours to school fund-raising through annual appeals, auctions, galas and other events to build the moneymaking machines some PTAs have become, I now caution: our efforts may be detrimental to systemic improvement in our public schools across the city.
Friday, June 08, 2012
By Beth Fertig
It's an open secret that PTAs in many of the city's well-heeled neighborhoods pay for additional school staff. It's difficult to document the extent of this spending because the Department of Education tracks only a small fraction of parent fund-raising and spending, leaving many groups to make potentially significant decisions with little official oversight.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
The budgets for each public school that arrive each spring, dictating the degree of austerity for the following year, are almost never seen by parents. They are not pretty, most principals would agree, and they have grown increasingly complicated in the last few years. Yet parents, as well as their children, soon feel the consequences, as schools turn to the families for everything from donations of toilet paper and hand sanitizers to money, which can total thousands of dollars, to fill gaps in staffing.
Monday, May 14, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
More than 5,000 New York City teachers have been assigned to score the state math and reading exams. The work happens at several sites around the city during the school day, which means students are without their regular classroom teachers for several days at a time.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
There is good news for city schools in the executive budget that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will unveil on Thursday, Gotham Schools reports. As Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott had promised, the budget will not include cuts to schools, relieving fears that as many as 2,500 teaching positions would be lost to attrition.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Education Week reports on a new study of school spending in Michigan, which concludes that "charter schools spend more per-pupil on administration and less on instruction than traditional public schools, even when controlling for enrollment, student populations served, and other factors."
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.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
After years of painful cuts and threats of teacher layoffs, city officials on Tuesday laid out a decidedly more optimistic portrait of financing for city schools next year, saying they expected that principals would have enough money in their budgets to retain most of their teachers and other school employees.
Friday, February 10, 2012
The Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VI (Kappa 6) and Public School 161 Arthur Ashe, both in Queens, were awarded $100,000 grants by the Target Corporation, as part of a competition promoted through "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The money comes with no restrictions, giving the principals and their staffs a little breathing room at a time of austerity budgets.