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November 21, 2017
New York City school workforce grows, driven by 40 percent rise in teaching assistants
Since 2007, the education department has added about 10,200 employees, the majority of them teaching assistants.
October 2, 2017
Nearly 78,000 New York City students switched schools in a single year, report finds
About 9 percent of students transferred schools in the 2014-15 school year, while 84 percent stayed put.
Funding the ATR
July 26, 2017
Absent Teacher Reserve cost New York City $151.6 million this past school year, far more than previously estimated
Using the IBO’s estimate, on average each ATR teacher received a total of $116,258 in salary and fringe benefits for the past school year.
cry for help
February 5, 2016
Four sobering facts about the city’s 86,000 homeless students
New York City’s worsening homelessness crisis is taking a punishing toll on tens of thousands of students.
January 15, 2016
Small number of schools enrolls large share of public housing residents, report says
At 9 percent of schools, students who live in subsidized housing make up more than a third of the enrollment, according to a new report.
January 7, 2016
Phase-out process linked to fewer Regents diplomas, more credit recovery, new report finds
After a recent study found that the Bloomberg administration's strategy of closing struggling schools didn't hurt their students, a new report complicates that picture.
on the money
July 23, 2015
IBO: Funding gap between district schools, co-located charters has closed
The numbers are the first comparisons of district and charter-school funding since 2011, when the IBO’s calculations found that co-located charter schools received nearly $650 more per student.
July 15, 2015
Here is the IBO’s backfill information, sorted by charter network
The new information illustrates the sharp divide among independent charter schools over how they filled seats in older grades.
state of the sector
July 13, 2015
Report: Charter schools replace students, but do so less after third grade
In some areas of of New York City, charter schools now serve one in five students, according to a new IBO report, which also compares charter networks' raw test scores.
April 22, 2015
IBO: Students at elite high schools come from wealthier neighborhoods
Just 11 percent of specialized high school students live in the city's poorest areas, compared to 30 percent of other students, according to the education data watchdog.
March 3, 2015
As enrollment climbs, city struggles to keep overcrowding from growing, too
Forty-four percent of the city's school buildings are overcrowded, according to city officials, a figure up from 36 percent in the 2011-12 school year.
June 6, 2014
IBO: City's charter school spending estimates miss mark, again
The city has underestimated the amount of money it will have to hand off to charter schools next year by $28 million, according to the Independent Budget Office.
May 29, 2014
IBO: One in five high schoolers has commute of at least 45 minutes
PHOTO: IBO The average high schooler’s commute in 2011-12 was 32 minutes, according to some new number-crunching from the Independent Budget Office. But…
March 24, 2014
IBO: City’s after-school expansion plan leaves out summer programs
Updated at 4:55 p.m. with response from the Department of Youth and Community Development. The Independent Budget Office noted in a report today that the…
February 19, 2014
IBO admits charter school special ed attrition numbers missed the full picture
A widely publicized statistic showing that charter schools do a poor job of retaining their special education students was based on incomplete data, the city's Independent Budget Office has admitted.
By the numbers
January 9, 2014
IBO: Charter schools do better job retaining young students than district schools
The Independent Budget Office’s latest report shows that young students leave charter schools at lower rates than nearby district schools—though charter schools have a far worse record at retaining their students identified as having special needs.
December 4, 2013
IBO: Changes to teacher residency rules could net city millions
Fewer parent coordinators and keeping teachers inside city zip codes are two ways a budget watchdog says the city can save costs and raise revenue. (Via Flickr Creative Commons.) The Independent Budget Office released an unusually early set of cost-cutting ideas today, including a plan for co-located schools to share staff members and changes to where new teachers would be allowed to live. The report, which the agency typically releases in the spring to influence budget debates, is a list of ways for the city to potentially cut costs or raise cash. Most of the report's education ideas have been proposed before, including eliminating principal performance bonuses (to save $6 million) and eliminating parent coordinators altogether (to save $91 million). New this year is the proposal for schools in the same building to share a single parent coordinator and a secretary, which the IBO estimates would save the Department of Education $50 million next year. Another new proposal could inspire even more controversy: stricter residency requirements for new DOE employees. Currently, most city employees must live in the city for two years and then can move to six surrounding New York counties and are taxed an additional amount equivalent to city taxes. DOE employees have been exempt from both requirements, but changing that for new hires would bring in $3 million next year and increase over time as older teachers retire, according to the IBO.
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