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Empire Center for New York State Policy, 2015
New York's annual budget battles over state aid to public schools have taken on a new urgency in the wake of the Great Recession and the 2011 enactment of a law empowering local voters to cap their property taxes. Education spending advocates say the tax cap and a statutory limit on school aid increases are forcing school districts to slash…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Costs, Trend Analysis, Educational Trends
Empire Center for New York State Policy, 2014
New York's annual budget battles over state aid to public schools have taken on a new urgency in the wake of the Great Recession and the 2011 enactment of a law empowering local voters to cap their property taxes. Education spending advocates say the tax cap and a statutory limit on school aid increases are forcing school districts to slash…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Costs, Trend Analysis, Educational Trends
Meyer, Peter – Empire Center for New York State Policy, 2008
The centerpiece of former Governor Elliot Spitzer's education reform agenda was a set of performance agreements between the state and designated needy school districts. Known as Contracts for Excellence, or C4E, these agreements would eventually be linked to over a quarter of the new state aid proposed in the governor's first budget. C4E districts…
Descriptors: State Aid, Outcomes of Education, Educational Change, Grants
Greene, Jay – Empire Center for New York State Policy, 2005
The author discusses the challenge of ensuring that education expenditures yield appropriate academic progress. The best way to accomplish this is to impose on educators accountability such as that found in other professions, according to Greene, who supports making spending dependent on performance by implementing a system of teacher-merit pay.…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Test Results, Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education
Greene, Jay P.; Winters, Marcus A. – Empire Center for New York State Policy, 2005
This report shows that New York can reduce special ed costs and enrollment--and improve parental satisfaction with the program as part of the bargain--by adopting two simple reforms: changing the formula funding special education from a "bounty" system to a "lump-sum" system; and implementing a voucher program for children in…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Private Schools, Educational Objectives, Learning Disabilities