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March 2, 2011
Bills move, shrink, die
Mandatory physical activity in schools, charter school facilities, energy efficient schools and PERA were all in play at the Capitol Wednesday.
February 14, 2011
“Felon-free” bill gets panel endorsement
It was a big day for major amendments and killed bills at the legislature on Monday. Education roundup
February 9, 2011
Tax credit bill back in the shop
A committee chair has asked the sponsor of a private school tax credit bill to do more work on the measure.
January 31, 2011
DREAM bill introduced
Bills to help undocumented college students, create yet another education study panel and transform PERA were introduced Monday. Roundup
January 24, 2011
Dems plan to save breakfast funding
The debate over the level of state funding for school breakfast programs that erupted last week took a new turn Monday.
January 20, 2011
Lawmakers spar over unions
Partisan differences about public employee unions surfaced Thursday during a House committee hearing on House Bill 11-1007, which would allow classified employees at Mesa State College in Grand Junction to opt out of the state personnel system.
January 19, 2011
Teacher pension bite could rise
School boards would be allowed to lower their pension contributions while raising those of employees under a bill introduced in the legislature Wednesday.
January 12, 2011
Session opens with K-12 funding bill
The first education bill of the 2011 legislative session proposes corralling "excess" state revenues and using them to offset K-12 cuts.
August 16, 2010
PERA bounced back in 2009
The investments of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association rebounded in 2009, rising 17.4 percent in value after a plunge of 26 percent in 2008.
May 13, 2010
PERA responds to retiree lawsuit
The Public Employees’ Retirement Association has filed its first formal response to the lawsuit challenging this year’s pension reform law, asking a Denver judge to dismiss six of the plaintiffs’ eight claims.
March 23, 2010
Under plan, city schools would lose more than $400M
https://gothamschools.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=35165Source: NYS Division of the Budget; NYC DOE The budget plan that the Senate passed yesterday essentially preserves the $1.1 billion in cuts to school aid statewide that Governor David Paterson proposed in January. That would mean a cut of over $400 million to the New York City schools for the next fiscal year, according to the state's Division of the Budget. And that figure doesn't even include cuts from the city that are likely to soar above $300 million. Under the plan, state funding to the city schools would drop to $7.95 billion, below the level of the 2007-2008 school year, when the historic funding increases triggered by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit began. (See the chart above.) The cuts are even more challenging considering that costs beyond the city's control like teacher pensions and salaries have skyrocketed in the last several years.
February 26, 2010
PERA retiree cuts challenged in court
A lawsuit seeking to overturn the Public Employees Retirement Association solvency plan was filed against the state Friday, just three days after the bill was signed.
February 24, 2010
Squeezed by ballooning pension costs, charters cut programs
A Queens charter school that pays for pension costs directly out of its budget is cutting programs to afford pensions. Stacey Gauthier at the Renaissance Charter School is worrying a lot these days — about money. This year she's had to increase class sizes, cut the summer school program, and forgo hiring experienced teachers when an older teacher retires. Yet she still hasn't cut enough to be able to afford the school's rising pension costs, which have grown from $12,000 per teacher in 2004 to $21,000 per teacher this year. Pension costs for city teachers have been rising steadily over the past decade, but for the most part the expenses have been hidden from individual schools, which rely on the city to cover all pension costs. Yet for a small number of charters schools like Renaissance that participate in the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) out of their own budgets, the ballooning price of a comfortable retirement has been acutely felt. "We have another year to live," Gauthier said. "We're dipping into our savings now, which is okay, but if things don't rebound, we won't be financially viable."
February 23, 2010
Private school tax credit killed
A bill that would have allowed lower-income families to receive $1,000 annual tax credits for children enrolled in private schools was killed Tuesday by the House Finance Committee.
February 16, 2010
PERA bill goes to governor
The House has voted 36-29 to pass Senate Bill 10-001, the plan to restore the Public Employees’ Retirement Association to solvency over the next 30 years.
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