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New York spends billions more to cut school system: analysis

New York City’s public school system has received billions of dollars in additional funding since 2020 — despite an enrollment decline of nearly 100,000 students during that period, an analysis released Wednesday reveals.

Per-pupil spending in Department of Education K-12 schools is expected to reach $39,304 in the upcoming FY 2025 budget, a massive 26.3% increase, which equates to 8 185 dollars more per student since 2020, according to the “Did you know” study carried out by citizens. Budget Commission found.


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New York City is investing billions more in its public school system despite enrollment dropping by nearly 100,000 students since 2020, an analysis released Wednesday reveals. Louis-Photo – stock.adobe.com

Mayor Eric Adams has proposed a 10.2% increase or an additional $2.1 billion in municipal taxpayer funding for the Big Apple public school system – which would largely offset the $2.4 billion phaseout. dollars in federal pandemic aid to the DOE.

Total DOE spending will be $269 million, or 0.7 percent, less than current funding levels.

But the CBC analysis says: “Between fiscal years 2020 and 2025, spending increased steadily as enrollment declined. »

Total DOE spending is expected to reach $39.8 billion in fiscal year 2024, an increase of $5.2 billion, or 15.2 percent, since fiscal year 2020.

City spending increased from $19.7 billion to $20.6 billion from 2020 to 2024, while state aid increased from $12.3 billion to $14.2 billion, according to the report.

Federal funds flowing to the DOE increased from $2.1 billion in 2020 to $4.6 billion in 2024.

Enrollment fell precipitously during the COVID pandemic, with the DOE losing 104,374 students between fiscal years 2020 and 2023.

The city now projects an increase of 10,355 K-12 students this year and next, largely thanks to the influx of migrants.


New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during his weekly in-person press briefing at City Hall on May 14, 2024 in New York.
Mayor Eric Adams has proposed a 10.2% increase or an additional $2.1 billion in municipal taxpayer funding for the Big Apple public school system — which would largely offset the $2.4 billion phaseout. dollars in federal pandemic aid to the DOE. Andrew Schwartz / SplashNews.com

But the DOE still has 94,019 fewer students than before COVID-19, the CBC report notes.

At a City Council budget hearing Wednesday, council members made clear they want to increase education spending in the final budget negotiated with City Hall.

The Council is pushing to increase spending on preschool and 3rd grade education programs by $170 million more than the Mayor recommended.

Education leaders and the Council are awaiting a report which sets out where demand for early childhood education places is needed and where it is not.

Councilwoman Rita Joseph (D-Brooklyn), who chairs the education committee, expressed concern about the deficit of more than $200 million – the loss of federal aid that has not been replaced by city ​​and state funding – in the DOE budget.

“It’s important,” she told Schools Chancellor David Banks, who testified at the hearing.

New York Post

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