Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How much is it costing districts to comply and implement State and feds Race To the Top it worth it?

In 2006-07, education spending in NY was about 30 billion. In 2007-08, education spending in NY was about 33 Billion. In 2011-12 educational spending will grow to about 42 Billion. The growth rate remains pretty consistent, a 6% jump year over year. But now King is telling us that educational spending in NY will just about double in 4 years? 80 million in 2016? A 25% annual growth rate over 4 years? I know healthcare, pensions and other benefits are inflating the budget but are they really capable of driving things up this much? I have a feeling King is either inflating his estimates to support his political agenda or there are other factors at play here... To be more specific, exactly what are the long-term costs of implementing the federal mandates associated with Race-To-The-Top? Many states like Virginia and Texas are choosing not to participate. The main reason given by their Governors was the fear and uncertainty surrounding the price tag. I think Kings testimony today may give credence to these concerns. I would like to know one thing, what exactly are New Yorks long term costs toward implementing Race-To-Top? Can someone at The News ask the question? calvados on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 09:04 PM

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