New York schools will lose hundreds of millions of dollars in funding due to declining enrollment, report says

STATEN ISLAND, NY — New York City schools will lose $215 million in funding as part of Mayor Eric Adams’ city budget deal, according to recent reports.

Lawmakers reached a $101 billion budget deal on Friday that finalized cuts to school budgets for the 2022-23 school year, according to edschool news site Chalkbeat. The city’s Department of Education will see a $215 million funding drop from this year’s budget, but Adams wouldn’t call them cuts. The mayor instead pointed to a “significant decline” in enrollment in the city’s public schools.

“We’ve had a significant drop in student population at the Department of Education,” Adams told reporters at a news conference on Friday. “So what we are doing, we are not reducing, we are adjusting the amount according to the student population. We are currently going through a very dangerous period that many people do not realize. We’re dropping so many students that it can impact our federal funding, and we better start making those smart decisions now.

The decision represents a reversal of a policy for the past two years that financially covered schools for enrollment declines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With enrollment declining, Adams told a news conference the city would take the money it received from the federal government to ensure each school is at 100% of its level of student fair funding. and will make adjustments throughout the year.

Equitable student funding provides the majority of individual school budgets and is used at the discretion of the principal. The formula was introduced in 2007 by the Department of Education (DOE) and provides additional funding per student based on need, including additional funding for students with disabilities, English language learners, low income and students with below grade level results.

The budget announced by Adams also allocates $2 billion in coronavirus relief funds for the next school year and also expands summer programming for children and teens, according to Chalkbeat.

The school-focused outlet reported that the city’s public schools have received about $7 billion in stimulus funds so far, with $2 billion spent in the first week of May. Much of this funding has gone to schools to create school recovery programs and help schools experiencing declining enrollment.

Additionally, the budget includes $110 million to cover the summer enrichment program, Summer Rising, as well as $79 million to expand the city’s youth summer jobs program, Chalkbeat reported. .

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