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Friday, April 15, 2011

New York School Districts Challenge State Mandates

“By their count, [suburban New York school] officials say, they are forced to abide by more than 250 unfunded state mandates a year, many of which can no longer be sustained. . . .

They have compiled a spreadsheet showing that to comply with state and federal mandates, they spend a combined $94.5 million annually, or an average of 21 percent of their budgets. That amount does not include pension and health care increases passed along by the state. With personnel costs typically making up two-thirds or more of school budgets, those mandates are far costlier.” (New York Times)

There’s really only one solution.

FEE Timely Classic
Free the Children, Cut the Budget” by Sheldon Richman