Damn, just looked up my school and our budget is being cut by about $1.2 milMy school is going from about 37 million to 31 million. Large school, large budgetJust saw my school is losing about 800k. We won’t have the money for that 3rd first grade class we really need.
Eric Adams’ literacy overhaul slashes number of NYC reading coaches ny.chalkbeat.org/2022/6/6/2315
These are reports I began to see last night as people checked their budgets. Cutting school budgets is part of the strategy to drive people out of public schools and into charters. Which will lead to bigger cuts in public schools. Just in time for the contract. Watch Adams follow the Bloomberg strategy -- no contract without deep givebacks.
They are relentless.
Leonie sent this along.
Yesterday, school budgets for next year were released, and many if not most schools are facing MILLIONS of Dollars in Cuts compared to this year.
You can find out how much your school’s budget has been cut by plugging its 4 digit DBN code into the DOE webpage here; and compare your school’s total Galaxy budget from 2022 to 2023 by scrolling to the bottom of the page and checking the Grand Total. (If you don’t know your school’s 4 digit code, you can find it by putting its name on the school search page here. The first letter refers to the borough; then there is a three digit number that follows.) Some schools, like Fort Hamilton HS in D20, will be cut by as much as $8 million; Forest Hills HS by $4 million.
If enacted, these cuts will make class sizes increase sharply and cause the loss of essential services to kids. Clearly, neither the Mayor nor the Chancellor are planning to abide by the language or the intent of the new state law passed last week requiring smaller classes. Meanwhile, it has been reported that the Council may announce a budget deal with the Mayor as early as this week that would cement these cuts in place.
What can parents do?
- Call your Council Members today and tell them to vote against any budget deal that includes these egregious cuts, and to let the Speaker know now that they will vote against a city budget that contains them. These cuts will tremendously hurt schools and the kids in their districts, and especially in light of the new state class size law, they are potentially illegal. You can find their phone nos. here.
- Then call the Speaker Adrienne Adams and leave the same message: 212-788-6850.
- Then ask your principal if they are willing to talk on or off the record to me or a reporter about the likely impact of these cuts. So far, many teachers are expressing their outrage on twitter, but so far, I’ve seen no principal speak out. If they are willing, have them email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Their confidentiality will be protected.
But please make those calls today!