Misinformed on School Funding

The Story

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has made some bold statements about bringing racial and social justice to New York City’s schools. Recently, he told a town hall of Harlem parents that schools in poor neighborhoods were underfunded, and connected the rise of the charter school movement to this lack of money. But Carranza’s claims are at odds with the facts.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Poorest: School districts receiving the most funding are located in the poorest neighborhoods. Read more.

  2. Charters: Districts with the lowest per-pupil funding also have the lowest penetration of charter schools. Read more.

  3. Closing: The Bloomberg strategy of closing failing schools resulted in the opening of 650 new, smaller schools that improved graduation rates for struggling kids. Read more.

“The chancellor needs to step back and get a solid grasp of the facts before he begins making major policy commitments based on false premises.”

Ray Domanico, Manhattan Institute director, education policy, and Seth Barron, associate editor, City Journal

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The Past is Present

The Limits of Democracy By Marcus A. Winters, Gotham Gazette (May 18, 2009)

“The vote in Albany deciding whether or not to reauthorize the law giving the mayor control of New York City’s public schools is approaching quickly.”

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