Wednesday, February 02, 2011

$1.5 Billion NY State Aid Reduction Possible

Cuomo's budget recommends $19.4 billion in education aid for the 2011-12 school year, $1.5 billion less than the current year, or a 7.3 percent cut.

He calls the scheduled growth in education spending under existing law — 13 percent in 2010-11 and 11 percent in 2012-13 — is unsustainable.
Cuomo says schools have nearly $1.2 billion in undesignated reserve funds and unspent money from the $607 million in federal money the state received to support education jobs to help them avoid layoffs.

"I can't say that we share the (executive budget's) belief that a cut in state aid this significant — coming on top of a $1.9 billion decrease over the past two years — can be absorbed without teacher layoffs and the loss of other important education professionals." ~~ Richard Iannuzzi, NYSUT president

Cuomo maintains that schools have to focus on reducing their own costs, such as reducing superintendents' compensation, freezing the wages of management and teachers, consolidating small districts and increasing employee health-insurance contributions.

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SCATS ~~ Offering $250,000 to attract a new Supt. is the WRONG MESSAGE! Do you hear Gov. Cuomo, Mr. Oberg?? It's time GTA take pay/benefits freezes, right Mr. Pallozzi?
 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see where the BOE and Supt reduce costs to meet the reduced state aid and the 2%tax cap. Unfortunately the state legislature didn't provide some tax and mandate relief that would provide the ability of the district to negotiate some of the spiraling costs of labor. With a little relief from Albany in the form of law changes, the supt could negotiate how much of the increased cost of health care and retirement benefits the teachers will need to pitch in.(Like every other working professional does).The teachers and other unions will stand firm (we ready hear the adds on the radio promoting the union workers who teach) and refuse to negotiate, so we will probably see larger classrooms and some cuts in "optional" classes. Oh well, it will all turn out to be for the kids, wink wink.

Anonymous said...

Cuomo (et al) has to give public employers the freedom to override employee labor contracts and/or ignor the Triborough amendment for this to work. It will take legislation and I hope the specifics of that are underway now!

Anonymous said...

Board should immediately modify the starting salary for the new superintendent. They should state that it is direct response to the govenors call to cut administartive costs. And they should state they are eager to get the ball rolling! I suggest the startinjg salary be stated as from $160,000 top 190,000. Lets see who applys.

Anonymous said...

3:15, It will be interesting which of our state representatives have the courage to stand up to the unions and support THAT move. The courage isn't there in the legislature seats. They couldn't even stand up to the liquor store lobby and put wine sales in grocery stores last year. Where will they find the backbone to make this hard choice?
I agree there needs to be some evening of the contract law. Perhaps the concepts of tenure and due process continue, but the contract/ pay scale/ benefits and advances along that path are frozen if there is no negotiated new contract.We need to motivate the unions to negotiate in good faith, not just continue to demand increase upon increase from a state and town that have little more to give.

Anonymous said...

If they wanted to, GCSD could have a neighborhood school policy and plan completed within a week, to take effect this next school year. A million plus dollars in savings is just sitting there to be claimed and we do nothing about it. Add to that the closing of 2 schools and the savings is through the roof. Yet the BOE sits here pretending our day of reconing isn't coming...fast.

SCATS said...

To 4:42PM ~~ I'd give them 3 months ... they aren't too bright. Parkland has only 279 students & Brookside has just 273. Close them both, along with West Ridge and save a bundle.

** NOTE ~~ Yes I'm aware the location of whatever schools chosen to close matters. The BIGGER point is the need to downsize, despite the district's faulty & phony report on enrollment projections.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I have it from a pretty good source that the board and district are hoping the state basically points out the school of choice situation in the district as being unwarrented. That way nobody has to face the "chosen" families with the bad news, It'll be the state's fault. We all saw the way they crumbled at WR last year. Hey Frank, how's it feel to walk the footsteps of Russell you fraud!? Didn't you claim to stand for something else?

SCATS said...

To 5:31PM ~~ The state? Who will give them the news? Roebach? LOL

SOS said...

Why do the Districts let the State and Federal Gov. control so much of their spending? Can't they use the tax revenue plus a low estimate of the aid they plan on recieving and then end up with reserves, instead of over spending and cutting, laying off, destroying lives, messing up students Education, upseting tax payers, etc,

Tom Kackmiester said...

I am a Cuomocrate:

What is a Cuomocrate?. Well this "Cuomocrate" is an independent voter who leans republican. I am also an independent voter whot has been unsatisfied with both the republican and democratic parties particularly in New York State.

Governor Cuomo has proposed the most common sense budget that has been proposed for New York state in at least 30 years. Furthermore the Governor has shown the courage it is going to take to fight this budget battle to the end. I wish him a lot of success as he battles the many lobbyists and special interest groups and his fellow democrats in the weeks ahead.

Cuomocrates are out here ready to support the Governor any way we can. I hope this new "party" expands rapidly so the full force of New York State residents will finally have a real say in the way Albany works.

If you agree, I hope you will send off a note to the Governor and let him know that you too are on board, ready to help him succeed .

Go Gov ,Go!

Tom Kackmeister

You can reach the gov. at governorcuomo@exec.ny.gov

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the e-address Tom, I'm sending them a summary of how this district wastes money on bussing for our open enrollment-lottery schools, in addition to the demographics of those schools. Being a Dem., I got a feeling he's going to be floored. Anyone willing to help out, please do the same. It would be great to have him include our district's wastefulness in one of his future speeches, as a 'what not to do in school district'.

Your all done Oberg!

Anonymous said...

Because cutting services for kids and poor people is always the way to go when you need to save money. Education and health care should be LAST things cut. Maybe Ritchie Rich can pass on a vacation to Hawaii this year and pay more taxes instead.

SCATS said...

To 3:35PM ~~ Ritchie Rich? You mean the Obamas?? lol