Education

Property Taxes on Long Island: Zeroing in on the Problems and Solutions

October 15, 2007. This report takes a fresh look at the property tax "crisis" and finds that: flawed evaluations have resulted in flawed solutions, taxpayers in poorer districts struggle the most, and voters in wealthy districts choose to pay for high quality schools while voters in poorer districts have a much higher rate of rejecting school budgets. Two oft-touted reforms have a negative impact on local control and school equity; circuit breaker reform in contrast can be well targeted to those who need relief most. [...]

Pre-K Investment Yields Bonuses for Children, Families, Communities and State and Federal Government

May 3, 2007. A new study from the Economic Policy Institute, Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation, was co-released in New York by FPI and Winning Beginning New York. The question asked is whether pre-K pays for itself - and the answer is remarkable. Pre-K pays for itself not once, not twice, but 12 times over! New York press release >>

How to Reduce the Pressure on the Property Tax and Ease the Fiscal Burden on Struggling Local Governments

January 10, 2007. The four-part plan supported by FPI: implement a statewide solution to CFE; increase state's share of Medicaid and base counties' shares on ability to pay; restore commitment to revenue sharing; and eliminate the significant disparities in the STAR program. Prepared for the Center on Governmental Research conference on reforming property taxes in New York.

Balancing New York State’s 2006-2007 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner

January 31, 2006. The Fiscal Policy Institute's analysis of Governor George E. Pataki's Executive Budget and alternative approaches to balancing New York State's 2006-2007 budget. (See pages 28, 29 and 42 through 57 for analysis of school funding issues.) Briefing book on the 2006-2007 executive budget >>

New National Report Offers Sobering Look at Trends in New York’s Early Childhood Education Workforce

September 15, 2005. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ takes a look at a comprehensive new report, Losing Ground in Early Childhood Education, from the Economic Policy Institute, the Keystone Research Center, and the Foundation for Child Development. Among the findings: qualifications decline among early childhood education workers with less one fourth now having college degrees. Since the early 1980s, there has been a large and unsettling dip in the qualifications of the early childhood education workers in New York. The share of New York [...]

Funding a Sound Basic Education for All New York’s Children

June 2005. This issue brief is an updated and condensed version of FPI's original January 1999 report on this subject. The update is based on: the Campaign for Fiscal Equity's Schools for New York's Future Act, FPI's analysis of the fiscal implications of that proposal, and the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy's April 2005 report, Achieving Adequacy: Tax Options for New York in the Wake of the CFE Case. Read the brief >>

Balancing New York State’s 2005-2006 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner

January 25, 2005. The Fiscal Policy Institute's briefing on Governor George E. Pataki's Executive Budget and alternative approaches to balancing New York State's 2005-2006 budget. See pages 16 through 24 for FPI's analysis of the economic impact of the Legislature's 2003 decisions to add two temporary top rates to the state income tax and avoid deep cuts in aid to public schools. See pages 33 through 37 for FPI's analysis of the Governor's school aid proposals for 2005-2006. Briefing book on the 2005-2006 executive budget [...]

Calculating the Cost of a Sound Basic Education

November 17, 2004. A supplemental affidavit submitted by FPI to the three court-appointed referees in the landmark school funding adequacy case (Campaign for Fiscal Equity vs. New York State). This supplemental affidavit and an earlier October 26, 2004 affidavit were prepared in response to questions from the referees regarding regional cost indices, the state government's "cost effectiveness" filter and weightings for poverty and other special needs. In these affidavits, Mauro responds to questions from the referees regarding regional cost indices, the "cost effectiveness" filter and [...]

Early Investment in Kids = Huge Payoff to Taxpayers

October 19, 2004. New York press release: A new study being released today by the Economic Policy Institute finds that increased federal and state investments in comprehensive high quality early childhood development programs would more than pay for themselves – generating more than $2 in returns to taxpayers for every $1 invested. The overall economic benefits would be even greater – more than $8 in benefits to society for each $1 invested. The report, Exceptional Returns: Economic, Fiscal, and Social Benefits of Investment in Early [...]

2020-11-13T15:04:36-05:00October 19th, 2004|Creating Vibrant Communities, Education, Press Releases|

No Funding, No Fairness: The State of Our Schools in 2004

October 4, 2004. This new report by the Public Policy and Education Fund (PPEF) shows that little if any progress was made in 2004 and 2005 with respect toward one of the most critical issues facing New York's educational system: the failure to adequately tie state school aid funding levels to student needs and district funding capacity. The report debunks several of the myths surrounding the educational funding reform movement. In contrast to what some may say - that only a small number of districts [...]

Is Governor Pataki really using the Standard & Poor’s study as the basis for his proposed Sound Basic Education Plan?

May 2004. In presenting his "5-Year Sound Basic Education Financing Plan," Governor Pataki claimed that it was based on the Standard and Poor's estimate of the Resource Gap between current school district education spending and the projected amount needed to attain the Regents' Education Standards. This is one of the four educational standards for which Standard and Poor's attempted to estimate the resource gap for the state as a whole and for selected districts. The Governor claimed that the Resource Gap under this scenario was [...]

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