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Fair Student Funding – 111xx

August 15, 2007 pm31 7:59 pm

To understand the impact of FSF, we really should look at one school at a time. So that’s what we’ll do. I’ve chosen Astoria/Long Island City to start with as neither extremely poor nor extremely affluent, with something of a mix of types of schools.

How to read this stuff? If a school loses $60k, that could be a teacher. But schools will try to cut other things first. The bigger the overall budget, the easier it will be to absorb some cuts without excessing teachers. Don’t assume that a $300k cut in a budget of $3 million means five lost positions. But it would be harder to cut $120k from a $1.2 million budget without losing two teaching lines. I think. I am not so sure.

Conversely, things are ugly. A principal picks up $120k additional? There’s nothing that says that any positions have to be created. The principal would have to be stupid to spend it all on office furniture, but don’t think for a moment that that won’t happen in some school.

And then there’s reality. If a school has space problems, then extra money won’t address the problem. I don’t know these neighborhoods, these schools. Does each school that will receive substantially more money have the physical capacity to bring in additional staff? I don’t think that was part of ‘the formula.’

The chart is below the fold –>

Name # level Old $$M FSF $$M change $M % change
Jacob Blackwell PS111 ES 3.09 2.59 -0.496 -16%
Dutch Kills PS112 ES 3.52 3.15 -0.371 -11%
Henry David Thoreau PS017 ES 3.80 4.33 +0.532 +14%
Peter G Van Alst PS171 ES 4.10 4.15 +0.054 + 1%
PS234 PS234 ES 3.59 3.88 +0.285 + 8%
PS70 PS70 ES 4.69 5.33 +0.641 +14%
PS 150 Queens PS150 ES 6.11 7.05 +0.944 +15%
Maurice A Fitzgerald PS199 ES 4.69 5.49 +0.799 +17%
Steinway PS84 ES 2.45 2.23 -0.216 – 9%
Judge Charles Vallone PS85 ES 2.44 2.24 -0.200 – 8%
William Hallet PS76 ES 4.87 4.30 -0.569 -12%
Henry Gradstein PS166 ES 5.75 6.24 +0.497 + 9%
Mamie Fay Q122 ES/MS 5.84 6.52 +0.685 +12%
Academy for New Americans Q235 MS 1.23 1.21 -0.018 – 1%
Young Women’s Leadership School, Astoria Q286 MS 0.91 0.87 -0.039 – 4%
Horace Greeley IS10 MS 4.75 4.79 +0.038 + 1%
The Steinway IS141 MS 5.17 5.54 +0.368 + 7%
Albert Shanker School for Visual & Performing Arts Q126 MS 4.13 4.64 +0.508 +12%
Oliver W Holmes IS204 MS 5.60 5.70 +0.096 + 2%
Acad. of Finance and Enterprise Q264 HS 1.58 1.71 +0.129 + 8%
HS of Applied Communication Q267 HS 1.68 1.89 +0.213 +13%
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Q501 HS 3.90 3.61 -0.283 – 7%
Information Technology HS Q502 HS 5.07 5.35 +0.276 + 5%
Middle College HS @ Laguardia CC Q520 HS 2.94 2.56 -0.380 -13%
International HS @ Laguardia CC Q530 HS 3.18 2.81 -0.367 -12%
Newcomers HS Q555 HS 5.48 5.77 +0.291 + 5%
Robert F Wagner SS for Arts & Tech Q560 HS 2.89 2.81 -0.088 – 3%
Academy of American Studies Q575 HS 3.07 3.18 +0.107 + 3%
Qns Voc & Tech Q600 HS 6.56 6.84 +0.284 + 4%
Aviation Career & Tech Q610 HS 11.30 10.14 -1.153 -10%
Wm Cullen Bryant HS Q445 HS 16.12 17.34 +1.217 + 8%
Long Island City HS Q450 HS 16.18 17.55 +1.369 + 8%
Baccalaureate School for Global Education Q580 HS 3.00 1.93 -1.070 -36%

These are all the schools listed with LIC zip codes, except for D75. Old funding is the funding under the old formula. FSF funding is the projected funding under Fair Student Funding. If a school went down, the DoE is covering the difference for two years. If a school went up, they get a little more than half the eventual increase this year. The totals and percents make more sense read together.

It is not immediately obvious how these numbers translate into teachers. The total money coming into these neighborhoods will not change much. But there will not be symmetry – at least I suspect there will not be. A school losing $300,000 will excess more than a school gaining $300,000 will hire. I think. And I am nervous.

My first FSF post was here.

Source: NYCDoE’s FSF calculation page. You can check any school there.

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