City Council Backs CSA on Schools Spending Plan
On April 10, the New York City Council released its official response to the mayor’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. After hearing CSA President Mark Cannizzaro’s testimony in March calling for all schools to be brought to 100% Fair School Funding, the Council’s response adopted CSA’s position that the DOE reallocate funds to increase dollars sent directly to school budgets. The Council called that a top priority and recommends an increase of $250 million per year, over the next three years, in order to bring all schools to 100% Fair School Funding by fiscal year 2021.
“CSA has long advocated for a more equitable funding formula and full funding for all schools, and we thanked the City Council for their efforts to respond to the needs of our students,” Mr. Cannizzaro said after the Council acted. “On Friday, March 23, I offered testimony before the City Council and argued how challenging it is to create optimum learning possibilities when school leaders continue to be hamstrung by insufficient financial resources. Under the existing Fair School Funding formula, the allocations too often fail to meet the most basic needs of too many schools. Over the years, CSA has consistently argued that this system must be radically improved to provide all schools with the staff and support necessary to meet new and growing daily challenges. While we continue to advocate for common sense adjustments to the formula, we fully support the City Council’s proposal to increase all schools to 100% FSF over the next three years. This is a major first step to level the funding playing field, and we encourage the DOE to join with the Council to allocate the necessary funding for schools to educate the whole child.”
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