Boosting New York City’s school spending by 40 percent, as called for by the judge who decided an equity lawsuit, isn’t going to happen writes Charles Upton Sahm in City Journal.
New York State now ranks number three in the nation in education spending, with a statewide per-pupil average of $14,000 a year; only New Jersey and Washington, D.C., shell out more per student. And New York City kids aren’t shortchanged: while per-pupil education spending in the city once slightly lagged the state average, the gap has narrowed to almost nothing.
Including pensions, benefits and capital costs, the New York City education budget “works out to a jaw-dropping $18,000 per pupil.”
The city refuses to raise taxes to pay for more; the state legislature won’t raise taxes statewide to spend more in the city. The courts can’t force Gov. Pataki to propose legislation to fund the court-ordered increase, Sahm writes. Expect more litigation.