She had no answer for when the DOE would close the gap despite their admitted need for 16,000 more seats. (The real need is much larger.)
Dromm: The recommendations of Blue Book task force were ready months ago. When will they be released?Rose: We’re looking forward to releasing them soon as soon as we can.Dromm: What is the cause for delay?Rose: We are continuing to work this through our agency, what this mean for us.Ferreras: I’m really sorry, but you’re not giving us a date. We need to understand and get an answer. Either tell us when they will be released or explain the delay.Rose: We are continuing to work on this and look forward to sharing them with you.
Rose agreed, claiming that the city's portion of ten year capital plan for schools has more than "now
more than doubled." Because of this, the city will be covering the entire cost, spending $20.3 billion for school construction and repair compared to $9.8 billion before.
But none of that is true. As the Independent Budget Office reported today, the state formula for building aid for schools has not changed one iota. The state is still reimbursing the city for 50% of the cost. The only change is that the city is now floating the bonds rather than the state, with minimal if any change in cost or risk to the city.
|Education spending in Ten Year Capital strategy (FY 2016-2025)|
|Education spending in Ten Year Capital strategy (FY 2008-2017)|