NYC public schools to get full funding for students

New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter called the major injection of money into New York City public schools a historic moment.

“This is the best news ever,” she said. “It will launch our recovery like no other.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that every public school in the city will receive 100% of its student funding starting in September with money from state and federal governments.

“It will be an annual investment of $600 million,” de Blasio said.

This is the first time the city’s public schools will receive 100% of their Fair Student Funding.

“It’s money that’s used to hire teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, paraprofessionals, start art programs, music programs, sports programs,” the counselor said. municipal Mark Treyger, former public school teacher.

The city’s Department of Education uses a formula to provide additional funding per student based on need. Criteria include bilingual, low-income, and special-needs students.

State Senator John Liu, who chairs the New York City Senate Committee on Education, called the news great. However, he said the formula created by the DOE about 15 years ago is outdated and still creates disparities.

“I asked them every few months, ‘When are you going to update this? When are you going to update this?'” Liu said. “So they are way behind on this important task.”

For example, students who didn’t have Wi-Fi during the pandemic aren’t included in the formula to determine how much money their schools will receive.

“It’s a turning point, but we still have work to do,” Treyger said.