Archive for November, 2010

Deciding who should lead NYC’s schools

November 19th, 2010 by Robert Lowry

Today, State Education Commissioner David Steiner announced the appointment of a panel to review Mayor Bloomberg’s request for a waiver to allow corporate executive Cathleen Black to serve as the New York City Schools Chancellor.

We will not be weighing-in on whether Ms. Black should should get a waiver from the requirement that school district superintendents hold an administrative certificate issued by the State Education Department.

Instead, two of our members will participate formally in that decision. Read the rest of this entry »

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On the radio — on tax caps, School Aid, and the Cuomo education agenda

November 17th, 2010 by Robert Lowry

I was on the statewide Capitol Pressroom radio program last week.  Property tax caps were the scheduled topic but we wound up spending more time on Andrew Cuomo’s education agenda, School Aid, and pending state action on the Education Jobs Fund approved by Congress and President Obama in August.

You can listen here.  My part starts about 25 minutes in and runs 10 minutes.  I was followed by Buffalo superintendent James Williams.

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State sees bigger budget gaps; Governor to call for more mid-year cuts

November 2nd, 2010 by Robert Lowry

As required by law, yesterday the Governor’s Division of the Budget (DOB) published its mid-year update on the state’s finances.

The report concludes that $315 million current year deficit has emerged.

The DOB website reports that the Governor will ask the Legislature to approve a gap-closing plan similar to what was enacted in August to cover the shortfall in federal funding for Medicaid.  That plan provided for equal percentage reduction in most areas of state aid to localities, including School Aid and STAR property tax relief reimbursements.

The report also projects that the state’s structural deficits for future years have grown.  For example, the projected deficit for 2011-12 was increased from $8.2 billion to $9.0 billion, equivalent to 13.6 percent of projected expendituresDOB ascribes the greater current year deficit chiefly to lower than expected tax collections and higher than expected Medicaid costs.

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