by Empire Center for New York State Policy
Empire Center for New York State Policy
February 07, 2014
New York’s annual budget battles over state aid to public education have taken on a new urgency since the recession and the 2011 enactment of a law empowering local voters to cap property taxes. Education spending advocates say the tax cap and Governor Cuomo’s limit on school aid increases have created budget constraints. Yet, from 2008-09 to 2012-13, the statewide median teacher salary rose by 10 percent. In addition, schools in 2012-13 were still employing almost as many professional staffers as they did in 2000-01 when there were 284,335 more pupils. Clearly, state law is a major factor in increasing teacher compensation costs as a result of automatic pay raises while the relatively high levels of staffing, relative to enrollment, needs to be more closely examined.