The Chancellor Explains NYC Education Budget Cuts

Dear Subordinates:

There is been a large amount of discuss about the spending plan. Tons of persons are suggesting that we are using the federal income and working with it to lower our component of the faculty budget. Almost nothing could be farther from the reality. The fact is we are set to get $160 million in federal resources, and we’re slicing the funds by $375 million. I experienced a person of my assistants do the math, and that implies we’re only reducing by 215 million, which is barely anything at all at all. 

As an alternative, we are focusing on real improvements. We will embrace knowledge driven policies via the experiential primarily based studying course of action. We will exploit various capacity by the collaborative procedure. We will seize built-in curriculum within the Zone of Proximity. We will orchestrate student-centered scaffolding with synergistic consequences. Now who could inquire for more than that? Course size reduction would not achieve any of individuals factors.

Think about it. How a lot of Manhattan penthouses could you get for 215 million? 50? 100? Do you actually imagine that 50-100 penthouses would supply plenty of place for us to accommodate the schoolchildren of New York Metropolis? And that would not even account for the routine maintenance fees, which would be astronomical. With this kind of cash, we could purchase some truly good penthouses, and use them for Quite Vital town staff members, like me and my brother, for case in point. With all those ethics concerns about Phil, it wasn’t simple for me to score him this Deputy Mayor gig. And I am not at all confident about a penthouse with his credit rating score. But I digress. 

There is a lot of chat about cutting down class dimensions in NYC. In point, the Assembly and Senate just handed a bill demanding it. I won’t be able to get started to explain to you how disturbing and unfair that is. This lawsuit has been creating the rounds given that 2001. Now confident it is really been affirmed about and above again, but the point is it truly is 2022. How unfair is it that our illustrious mayor, the Honorable Eric Adams, should have to deal with it when neither Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, nor Invoice de Blasio had to do it? 

Initial of all, all these ex-mayors are losers, besides Mike Bloomberg, who staunchly supports Eric Adams. Now Mike could have just financed the course size reductions himself, but he chose not to. And it is prevalent feeling that Bloomberg ought to know a little something, or else why would he have all that funds? Take into account all those college shootings. You despise them, ideal? Me also. And Mike Bloomberg in contrast instructor unions to the NRA. The union is rather plainly a special fascination team advancing the desires of lecturers, as opposed to the requires of Mike Bloomberg. 

Bloomberg also says the rationale educational institutions are failing is since your union insisted on keeping out prolonged immediately after educational facilities had been secure. And as I have stated publicly, we require to improve the high-quality of academics in advance of we can speak about decreasing class sizes. And I am not the only a person who thinks so. Former US Education and learning Secretary Arne Duncan thinks so way too. Mr. Duncan is terribly competent to make this assertion. For just one issue, he is by no means been an real trainer, so he is just not prejudiced. For another, he is extremely tall, and is quite superior at basketball. How many instructors can say that? How tall are your union leaders? Believe about it. 

Duncan boldly built the heroic statement that Hurricane Katrina was the most effective thing to come about to training in New Orleans. Initial, plenty of troublesome college students died. Some moved away, preserving important public instruction revenue, which finally went into non-public palms, therefore boosting the financial system. Also, it wholly wiped out people awful teacher unions. New Orleans is now a town of charter universities, and well-heeled private citizens are ultimately creating some serious scratch from schooling out there. We could do the similar in this article. 

Actually, why really should we cut down course sizes when so numerous of you suck so a great deal? Just consider Eric Adams’ considerate suggestion that we do on the web courses of 400. Sure, you would eliminate your positions, but the town would be very well-served. And just believe, if we dump you, all these other lecturers will have 2,000 papers to grade every day. You will be on uncomplicated road, with an economic climate-boosting non-union gig at Concentrate on. You may get the mortgage of a cool red shirt and is not going to have to quality any papers at all. 

When you look at everything, owning all on the web instruction would suggest a total lot of primary real estate wasted on community faculties would develop into offered, and perhaps Vital People could score more penthouses. And wouldn’t our town seriously be greater off with far more penthouses? Penthouses lead to the economic climate. Faculty properties are almost nothing but a drain of methods, like all people trainer cafeterias Mike Bloomberg correctly closed. 

So stick with me, folks, and check with Governor Kathy Hochul not to signal that terrible class measurement monthly bill. If it does not come to be regulation, we can move in advance with our programs to give zero-p.c raises to all town staff members, streamline our do the job pressure by receiving rid of dregs these kinds of as by yourself, and go on to make this a city of men and women who carry Platinum cards. It can be the patriotic matter to do.

Question oneself this–do you like your country, or do you want smaller lessons for hundreds of hundreds of kids who never even pay taxes?

The answer is very simple.

Soaring Substantial,

Mister Chancellor David C. Banks