Charter schools received billions of dollars during Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure — while teachers, school aides, principals and classrooms got a smaller share. Meanwhile, the city spent more money on direct services to schools, but reduced the percentage of funds that goes to pay for classroom staffers and materials.....NYDNDuhhhhh, one might say given the Bloomberg ed deform aim to wipe out entire swaths of public schools and replace them with charters.
Now there are a whopping 159 charter schools in the city — and two dozen more will open in the fall. More than 100,000 students — about 10% of all city students — are expected to be enrolled when all of the schools reach capacity.Just watch calls for expansion when the cap is reached - given there are 159 charters in NYC already we are heading in that direction. Not only chains but every social welfare agency and mom and pop people with a vision of getting into the edu-real estate charter business where you can hold of a piece of an entire publicly funded and built building are jumping on the charter bandwagon. No unions, no worries. Think about it. 10% of the students mostly go to schools with non-union teachers. The UFT has to be taking a hit here with the loss of dues with the opening of every new charter though the ATR deal where people are not fired like they are in other cities keeps dues coming in. But watch the final piece go into place starting this year with the new evaluation system as the city starts going after tenured teachers in droves. The entire purpose of the desperation of ed deformers to get an evaluation deal in place is all about an end run around tenure.
If they can knock off 10% of the teaching staff with another 10% to come over the next few years, the city can funnel money directly to the charter jails without passing GO.
Remember that the Chicago TU lost about 6000 teachers, around 15-20% of its membership.
Charter school funding, set by the state, has risen from about $32 million to about $659 million over a decade as the mayor increased their number.There were 17 charter schools in New York when Mayor Bloomberg took office. Now there are a whopping 159.