View Full Version : All NYC Mayor Bloomberg unveils $65.7B budget and sticks to threat cut 6,000 city teachers

05-06-2011, 09:33 AM
From NY Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2011/05/06/2011-05-06_mayor_bloomberg_unveils_657b_budget_sticks_to_t hreat_cut_6000_city_teachers_.html) by Adam Lisberg:
Mayor Bloomberg is sticking to his threat to get rid of 6,000 city teachers by next fall.

He unveiled a $65.7 billion budget Friday morning that cuts another $233 million from city spending, on top of the firehouse closings, social service cuts and teacher layoffs he has demanded for months.

"It is a budget that is less than last year's budget," the mayor said. "It is not just less after inflation or less than the projected growth, but less money, total, period."

Bloomberg blamed the state and federal governments for slashing their payments to the city, saying Albany pushed its bad budget decisions onto the people of the city.

"This thought that 'Oh, the city has plenty of money, they can make up for anything' is just not realistic," the mayor said. "What is the benefit of being fiscally responsible if you save your money and they're just going to cut you back?"

The mayor's spending plan increases school spending by $2 billion to make up for state and federal losses, but still lays off 4,666 teachers and loses another 1,500 to attrition.

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05-06-2011, 09:36 AM
From NY1.com (http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/education/138602/mayor-s-new-budget-to-restore-funds-for-child-care/) by Grace Rauh:

When Mayor Bloomberg unveils his budget plan on Friday, there's going to be at least one big change from his earlier proposal. Many of the 16,000-plus child care slots on the chopping block will be spared.

Administration officials say the mayor is going to make sure that every child receiving subsidized care now will be able to stay in the program for another year.

It is a victory for advocates and members of the City Council, many of whom made restoring this funding a top priority.

Those child care slots aside, however, the budget the mayor presents on Friday is still expected to be full of cuts and layoffs. He has already called for closing 20 fire companies, a move that firefighters are strenuously opposing.

On Thursday, parents and elected officials made one last push to save teacher jobs, holding protests in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, on the eve of the mayor's budget address.

The demonstrators said it was unnecessary and unacceptable to lay off more than 4,600 teachers and shed even more through attrition.

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