Budget & finance

As of this fall, the city had planned to open 55,000 3-K seats, but 15,000 seats are currently unfilled.
Hochul has overseen significant developments in education, including boosting funding for schools and signing a bill that aims to limit class sizes in New York City schools.
Both candidates have received big donations from those who influence New York’s education world — helping to paint a clearer picture of who is hoping to have sway over school policy.
Overall, K-12 enrollment fell by about 15,000, or 1.8% this year — a significant drop but less than expected.
There are still many open questions about how both would approach policy for schools.
The proposals would require either new funding or significant cuts to some campuses, both of which would likely face political hurdles.
Facing a budget shortfall because of enrollment declines, Soundview Academy’s principal made an unusual request to students, staff and families: Would they help market the school?
Many of the students are asylum seekers who have arrived recently from South American countries.
The results mirrored math trends seen across the country, with historic drops for fourth graders. But reading scores defied the national trend.
Educators have reported myriad challenges at the schools, including a shortage of Spanish-speaking staff.
Officials said the proposals will be reviewed by the chancellor and there will be opportunities for feedback by parent councils this winter.
Education department budget directors last week warned some principals that they will likely have to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of a midyear budget adjustment.
As Mayor Eric Adams stares down a massive budget shortfall, New York City has no clear plans to sustain its growing 3-K program.
Schools Chancellor David Banks’ comments prompted multiple City Council members to grill officials about the department’s plans on Wednesday.
At least 1,000 new students are expected to enroll in district schools, including preschool-aged children.
The state’s Tuition Assistance Program now includes students who previously didn’t qualify because they weren’t taking enough credit hours.
Dozens of advocacy groups are raising the alarm that restorative justice funding is “at risk” — including a planned expansion of restorative justice programs to all middle and high schools.
“All this money that is meant for the kids in our public schools are going to private schools,” Chancellor Banks said. “Folks have figured out how to game this system.”
The one-time payments come as inflation has tightened household budgets across the country.
The court’s order brings whiplash to back-to-school planning. Four days prior, a lower court ruled the city needed to redo the education department budget.
Student enrollment has big implications for public schools, and declines can lead to less funding and school closures or mergers.
The decision is more complicated than meets the eye, and either choice involves some trade-offs.
A judge said the city did not follow proper rules when it approved the budget, paving the way for restoring hundreds of millions in cuts to schools.
Stimulus dollars were previously not allowed to cover teacher salaries, but officials changed their tune amid a fight over budget cuts.
The decision keeps in place an order temporarily blocking the education department from moving forward with hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts to school budgets.
That deal would still fall short of the overall cut to school budgets, according to one analysis.
Two parents and two teachers seek to invalidate the city budget, claiming that city officials failed to follow proper protocols before voting.
Chalkbeat created a lookup tool examining changes to Fair Student Funding, a major source of funding for schools.
Due to recently announced budget cuts, parents fear they’ll see programs discontinued in the fall, and teachers are worried about their jobs.