Schools could lose millions in state aid under proposed budget.
Schools should not be immune to economic misfortune. And school spending must be brought under control.
Even with generous state help, school taxes, even after STAR, have increased dramatically over the years to the point where they have become confiscatory. This drives people and jobs out of New York because they can no longer afford to stay here. Today it is not uncommon for school districts to annually exact more than 2% of the value of real property in taxes -- exceeding a former constitutional limit. Money is spent not on educating students but on lavish sports facilities and school construction projects. The number of administrative positions has ballooned. Nonsense distractions like International Cup Stacking Competitions occur regularly. Busing has become the norm, wasting student time and encouraging urban sprawl. Class sizes have been reduced, requiring the hiring of more teachers to do the same job. Teacher assistants or aides have been added to the mix, further increasing the number of paychecks. There are so many school district paychecks that, in a sense, whole voting blocks have been purchased with taxpayer funds, skewing elections and local policy making toward more government (leaving less for private business). Teacher pay has increased over the past generation at up to twice the rate of other comparably educated public employees with no increase in responsibilities.
It has gone on long enough.