Reports are that the 2012-13 state budget will be done early next week. At the same time, there are reports that the state tax collections are up. Read the whole press release from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli about why caution is needed on this good news.
I agree with caution, because you know what will drive those receipts down? Getting a layoff notice, for one. Who is getting laid off? Based on the early reports to NYSUT’s regional offices, so far, about 2,418 teaching jobs are projected to be cut due to layoff or attrition (the term for not filling the job of someone who retires or leaves voluntarily). In addition, 757 support staff positions are slated to be eliminated.
How can we possibly get to 3,176 already? Because jobs are being cut all over the state. Besides that Utica link above that reports up to 150 job losses in Utica, here’s a link to 42 layoffs planned in Greece schools; Niskayuna schools in Schenectady are talking 90 layoffs; Corning-Painted Post and Bath schools are facing “widespread” layoffs; nine teachers could go in tiny Cambridge; and eight educators, in addition to administrative cuts, are expected in Lake Placid. (On Twitter, look up #nystatebudgetcutshurt to find additional links, or add your own.)
It is crucial to keep up the pressure that any additional aid be directed to schools, from pre-K to post-grad.
- support more investment in higher education,
- ask lawmakers to restore funding to K-12 schools,
- support teacher centers,
- support SUNY hospitals,
- increase library aid,
- support health care, and
- support special education schools and human services.
Even if you’ve already phoned or faxed Albany, do it again. Remind lawmakers that they”ll have more than enough to fund education if they close corporate loopholes and, yes, there’s an action for that too on the Member Action Center.