January 21, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
New York, NY – President Donald Trump’s plan to spend $20 billion in federal funds on vouchers for private-school tuition would reduce aid to New York City public schools by at least $500 million, according to the United Federation of Teachers.
That sum, the UFT said Jan. 9, is almost 40% of federal aid to city schools. The union projected that the money would most likely be taken from the Title I program, which provides additional aid for schools with a higher proportion of low-income students. If that happens, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said in statement, “The damage would spread through the system, raising class sizes even in non-Title I schools, threatening academic enrichment programs, guidance, art and music, and other services our children depend on.” The union estimated that 1,265 city schools would lose money: Fort Hamilton, New Utrecht, and Franklin D. Roosevelt High Schools in Brooklyn would each lose more than $2 million, and eight elementary and middle schools would lose more than $1.2 million. Read more