when Mayor Adams promised to “fully fund” Fair Student Funding, fingers crossed behind his back, he knew he could save money by decreasing FSF’s per-student allocations by assuming an across-the-board average teacher salary reduction, irrespective of a school’s actual payroll.... Banks’ idea of adding volunteer members from the PEP and community is a scam unworthy of someone committed to real change.... David Bloomfield, Gotham Gazette
- Rally Thursday Aug. 4 at 9:30AM.
- Latest updates on cuts and lawsuit - Talk Out of School with Daniel and Leonie.
- Another update from Leonie on her blog.
- DOENUTS blog reports on the lying numbers of lost students by DOE to "justify" cuts.
- Take this survey by Solidarity Caucus - Survey: https://forms.gle/
- Bird dogging Adams: - follow Adams wherever he goes.
- Galaxy freeze fiasco - they seem really pushed to the edge to pull this stunt.
- A public call to end fair school funding.
City strikes out in legal pleadings over budget cuts so far; freezes budgets & then unfreezes them; while at least 700 teachers let go
Confused about latest developments in budget cuts lawsuit & NYC's failed attempts to sow chaos to end the court's temporary restraining order?
& How the 700 teachers who've been let go by their schools may NOT lead to savings, contrary to DOE claims.
Yesterday, I wrote about a New York City parent who discovered that City Hall and the DOE greatly overstated the actual drop in enrolled students in city schools. In short, City Hall and the DOE wanted to cut school budgets so much next year that they pretended the city had lost 760,000 children when, in fact, they had not.
Almost everyone in the press allowed them to share this mistruth with little or no fact checking.
Today, The NY Post published an article about how the DOE is now fighting for the budget cuts they want so much (the ones that will hurt children and school staff next year) by appealling a court order blocking the cuts.
As part of the story, Post reporter Cayla Bamberger cited just 73,000 as the accurate number of students the city has lost since the start of the pandemic.
A journalist didn't even bother using NYCDOE's data. She used IBO data instead. The numbers the IBO published are more than ten times lower than the number the mayor and the chancellor say.
the mayor and chancellor are cutting the DOE budget by just 1% overall but all of those cuts, (totalling $312-$375 million) are coming only from school budgets. No cuts to Tweed. No cuts to supes. No cuts to central. Only cuts to schools.
The DOE just froze Galaxy, the system principals use to spend $$, citing the temporary restraining order. "We know this is extremely inconvenient...but at the direction of legal counsel, access to Galaxy is unavailable at this time," DOE COO Emma Vadehra wrote to principal.BREAKING: A spokesperson for Mayor Adams now tells me the DOE’s online budgeting application will be back up and running for school principals tomorrowSo what changed? The city’s legal interpretation of the TRO or their realization that this attempt to steamroll the court &/or public opinion had backfired?