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File #: Res 1294-2012    Version: * Name: Dept of Education to calculate salaries of teachers in the NYC public school system based on the Department’s central budget.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 4/18/2012
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the Department of Education to calculate salaries of teachers in the New York City public school system based on the Department’s central budget, rather than an individual school’s budget.
Sponsors: Elizabeth S. Crowley, Letitia James, Deborah L. Rose, Ruben Wills, Daniel J. Halloran III
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/18/2012*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/18/2012*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1294
 
 
Resolution calling upon the Department of Education to calculate salaries of teachers in the New York City public school system based on the Department's central budget, rather than an individual school's budget.
 
 
By Council Members Crowley, James, Rose, Wills and Halloran  
 
Whereas, The Department of Education (the "Department") provides primary and secondary education to over 1 million prekindergarten to grade 12 students throughout 1,700 schools in 32 school districts, and employs approximately 75,000 teachers; and
Whereas, The Department prepares students to meet grade level standards in reading, writing and math, and prepares high school students to pass Regents exams and to meet graduation requirements; and
Whereas, The Department also operates the school food service program, maintains public school buildings and offices, and provides transportation services to students; and
Whereas, Further, the Department provides special education instructional services and related therapies to students enrolled in both public and private school settings; and
Whereas, Finally, the Department distributes categorical supports to non-public schools and service providers; and
Whereas, The Department's $19.2 billion Operating Budget (the total budget less pension and debt service costs) includes funding for principals, teachers, textbooks and supplies; and
Whereas, It also pays for central administration and field support offices, which work with schools to provide support and help improve student achievement; and
 
Whereas, Each public school has an individual school budget that is funded by the Department through a variety of allocation formulas and pass-through entities; and
Whereas, The Department's budget is divided into 26 units of appropriation ("UA"), each of which contains funding to support either personal services (wages and salaries) or other than personal services spending related to a particular service area or function; and
Whereas, All of the funding allocated  to schools to support their operations is budgeted centrally within UAs 401, 402, 403, 404, 481 and 482 (although not all of the money budgeted in these UAs funds schools' budgets); and
Whereas, The City's budget does not include information on how much money any individual school receives, nor does it show how many employees any particular school has or what specific courses of study are available; and
Whereas, Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, the Department began using the fair student funding ("FSF") formula to distribute most of the city and unrestricted state funds needed to operate the schools; and
Whereas, The FSF allocation, which totals $4.8 billion this school year, is the core of a school's budget; and
Whereas, The FSF allocation covers basic instructional needs, including teachers' salaries, and is allocated to each school based on the number and need level of students enrolled at that school,  instructional staff, and school operating overhead; and
Whereas, In times when an individual school's budget is decreased, it is possible that the amount of money spent per pupil can remain the same, or even increase; and
Whereas, Accordingly, funding for resources, such as standardized tests, after-school programs, school buses, heating and cooling for school buildings, safety, and school lunches, must compete with funding for resources needed  for wages and salaries within an individual school; and
Whereas, All money allocated through FSF can be used at the principals' discretion; and
Whereas, Teachers' salaries, reflected in a salary schedule, are determined by the contract entered into between the United Federation of Teachers and the City; and
 
Whereas, The salary schedule provides for proportional increases in salary when there is an increase in experience level (based on years), and education level; and
 
Whereas, As a result, principals often must make the difficult decision of hiring inexperienced and less educated teachers, and therefore, less expensive teachers, rather than hiring more experienced teachers with advanced education, to ensure that the individual school has sufficient resources to allow students to get a sound education; and
      Whereas, Prior to the FSF, money allocated to an individual school was determined by the experience and education level of a school's teachers, which determined the teachers' salaries and the school's staffing needs, rather than student achievement needs; and
      Whereas, In preparation for the transition to the FSF, where it was assumed that many teachers would be adversely affected in terms of obtaining or maintaining employment, in April 2007, the Department provided a Legacy Teacher Supplement ("LTS"), which is given to schools as a separate allocation for teachers to fund the increases in salaries due to increases in education and longevity; and
      Whereas, The LTS is only provided for teachers who were on the school's budget prior to the implementation of FSF; and
      Whereas, While LTS is a tremendous resource in preserving existing teachers, it does not safeguard against the reluctance to hire more experienced teachers whose salary would be counted against an individual school's budget; and
Whereas, Schools opened after April 2007 are most significantly disadvantaged in that these schools are ineligible to receive any LTS funding, and therefore, such schools are most often staffed with only new, inexperienced teachers; and
Whereas, Allowing the salary for teachers to be calculated against the Department's Operating Budget as a whole, rather than an individual school's budget, would diminish the competition felt by principals to sacrifice teacher quality; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Department of Education to calculate salaries of teachers in the New York City public school system based on the Department's central budget, rather than an individual school's budget.
 
 
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