Schools that are under-enrolled will see budget cuts proposed by New York City Mayor Eric Adams in the next school year. A loss of $215 million is expected, making the Adams administration negligent towards students’ academic progress.
Adams offered a preliminary budget of $98.5 million for fiscal year 2023, which is expected to begin July 1. However, schools with low enrollment are bracing for massive monetary losses in 2023 as the Adams administration focuses on improving other aspects of the city.
Yet parents believe a significant cut in school funding is unfair to their children’s educational needs and some are beginning to protest, according to NY1.
After a long period of virtual learning, students need proper guidance and assistance to achieve their educational goals.
The city plans to cut funding by $375 million next year, except for $160 million, which is covered by federal stimulus funds, The Gothamist reported.
Instructors need the tools to put their students on the path to success. With a massive decrease in school funding, students may face a regression in their learning, and it’s not because of the pandemic.
Over 97% of educators reported student learning loss in the past year. According to a study by Horace Mann, 57% of educators believe that students are three months behind in their socio-emotional intellectual capacity.
With students already behind for school, Adams ignores the needs of public schools, instead using city funding to prioritize public safety and help the poor.
Adam’s plan will not help New York’s school system recover from the damaging effects of the pandemic. Imposing budget cuts is not the smartest way to increase schooling.
The $215 million drop in school funding means public schools will potentially face the unpredictability of declining enrollment rates even more than they do today. However, the budget proposal must be approved before the school system undergoes any final changes.
Adams isn’t to blame for the drop in enrollment, nor is the city. Schools that are critically short of student enrollment next year will receive noticeably less funding than those that meet citywide enrollment projections.
The significant gap in school funding will not motivate teachers or students to be resilient and work harder to meet citywide expectations. Some teachers will lose patience with the school system and eventually students will not care about their academics like they used to.
Gaps in school funding may overwhelm teachers for years to come, as their students will rely heavily on rigorous teaching to move up the ladder.
“Right now, New York City should put students and their future at the forefront of its budget planning,” a community organization said. Alliance for Quality Education tweeted. “Students need tools and resources to succeed and thrive. We should be investing in our children, not cutting funding,”