ERIC Number: ED430063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Running on Empty: High Standards and Missing Resources in New York City's Public Schools.
Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc., New York, NY.
This report sets forth, through an analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data, a vivid picture of the severe shortage of basic resources in 228 of New York City's public schools. Data come from detailed questionnaires filled out by parents, teachers, and administrators from these schools. These responses indicate that 55% of these school buildings are virtually a half century old, and 9% of the elementary schools and 7% of the high schools date back to the 19th century. Many of the schools need major repairs, and in 29% of the elementary schools, instruction takes place in hallways, gyms, and other converted spaces. In 41% of the elementary schools, 63% of the middle schools, and 64% of the high schools, 6 or more full-time teachers lack permanent state certification. Class sizes are large, and equipment is often missing. Textbooks and even desks and chairs are often lacking. The causes of these resource deficiencies are structural problems in the present state aid system. New York City is routinely shortchanged by the state aid system. For the past 15 years, its per-pupil expenditures have lagged behind the statewide average. The documented gap grows even larger when the needs of the city's students are taken into account. (Contains 1 table, 11 graphs, and 13 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc., New York, NY.