Two in Five New York Superintendents Expect Budget Disasters

Published December 3, 2012

Forty-one percent of New York school superintendents believe they will not be able to finance their budgets within four years and 77 percent say they will not have the money to comply with state and federal mandates, according to the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

Superintendents said their top mandate-related priority would be to amend a state law requiring “step” increases in teacher salaries to continue rising after a contract has expired, they said in a survey the council sent members in fall 2012. They named health care cost relief and an end to unfunded mandates as other leading priorities.

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