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Report: New York per-pupil spending tops in nation

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New York has the highest per-pupil spending in the nation, according to a new analysis by the Citizens Budget Commission. From fiscal year 2010 to 2011, average spending per pupil in the Empire State increased from $18,618 to $19,076, more than 80 percent above the U.S. average, according to the CBC, a nonprofit organization that monitors and researches government finances and advocates for budget reform. “A lot of times there’s this misconception that New York ...

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June 9, 2013
7:36 a.m.

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Highest spending for the worst results. NYS schools need to stop unnecessary noneducational programs and go to the Florida one superintendent per county system. In Schenectady County alone that would save $20 million a year.

June 9, 2013
6:24 p.m.

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If we spend another 100 million we will graduate at a 59% rate rather than a 58% rate.

June 9, 2013
7:17 p.m.

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Elizabeth Lynam, vice president and director of state studies for the CBC, stated “Even in this era of budget cuts, we’ve managed to increase education spending,” she said, adding that how school aid is distributed is “a very rich topic.”

Her statement is misleading. State aid levels are lower than they were 4 years ago. So if you punch someone in the stomach and take $50 and then give them back $30 over a period of 4 years it seems disingenuous to state we've increased education spending. While a technically accurate statement that she said it is very misleading. Don't you think?

In 1991 a family health insurance plan was $2,000. It is now $15,000-$18,000. Do we blame the teachers for maintaining quality insurance or do we blame the health insurance industry? NYS pensions are expensive and that is why new teachers under Tier 6 will work until they are 63 and pay 49% of all the costs associated with their defined benefit. Do state, city, county workers, police and fire get the same pension? For the most part YES!

Teachers in NYS have a high per pupil spending amount but the article did not detail why? Do we have more teachers in NYS than other states? Do we have more administrators? Do we have more transportation costs? Is the pension the #1 determinant in why NYS costs more? Why are we $2,600 more per pupil than NJ? Do we have more school building projects? 50 million here and 50 million there?

I know teachers cannot abuse overtime as I have written before. Teachers cannot earn more than 10% of their base salary doing the chess club or coaching. So we know overtime is not the reason. Is the reason that we have close to 900 school districts? You would not know by reading this article.

I hear a lot of people stating how bad NYS schools are. My neighbor used to live in Alburquerque, NM. He said his taxes increased 3 fold when he came to NYS but he did not mind. He said the school system where he lived was outright awful. I think people look at the graduation rates of inner city schools and they go "gotcha, NYS schools are terrible." The graduation rate in suburban schools is great. No one has a definitive answer for inner city schools. That is why NYS schools get so much bad press. What is the answer?