Here are the details:
- Fair student funding reduction prioritizing schools that already have over 100% (DOE) - $100M in FY21
- Operational savings in training, overtime, and materials at schools, central and field due to school building closures (DOE) - $100M in FY20
- Professional Development reduction (DOE) - $67M in FY21 and outyears
- Cuts to Summer in the City, Single Shepherd, College Access for All (DOE) - $49M in FY21 and outyears
- Delay in 3K Expansion to districts in 1, 12, 14, and 29 (DOE) - $43M in FY21
- Reducing the ATR pool by implementing a non-ATR hiring freeze (DOE) - $40M in FY21 and outyears
- Temporary reduction of School Allocation Memoranda, which provides schools with funding to implement programming (DOE) - $40M in FY21
- Temporary delay of new cohort of freshmen for CUNY ASAP program (CUNY) - $20M in FY21
- Contract and supply reductions associated with arts programming in middle and high schools (DOE) - $15.5M in FY21 and outyears
- Savings from delayed installation of air conditioners (DOE) - $10M in FY21
- Monthly MetroCard underutilization for remaining 2 months of academic year (CUNY) - $6.8M in FY20
- Eliminate District/Charter Partnerships program - $4.4M in FY21 and outyears
- Eliminate supplies and materials used in Civics for All curriculum and programming (DOE) - $3.8M in FY21 and outyears
- Adjustments to SONYC Afterschool budget (DOE) - $5M in FY21 and outyears
- Savings achieved from anticipated low summer enrollment in CUNY Start Math program (CUNY) - $800K in FY20 and $1.6M in FY21
- Scaling down contracts, technology curriculum and health education certification programming for teachers (DOE) - $1.8M in FY21 and outyears
If it is a real hiring freeze, it could actually greatly diminish the Absent Teacher Reserve pool to next to nothing with the only teachers remaining being in obscure licenses where there isn't much need for teachers.
We'll see if this is just the first wave of cuts.
Certain cuts are already being implemented at the school level as reported in Chalkbeat NY.
New York City has ordered schools to stop spending money that isn’t related to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that has created confusion among some school leaders and pushback from union officials.
To be specific:
Schools may still spend money on a host of goods and services even as buildings are shut down, department officials said, including training to provide remote instruction, online materials, or even ordering art supplies to send to students’ homes.
They may also give teachers additional pay to tutor students, offer “Saturday academies” at struggling schools, or manage “mandated” services, such as those for students with disabilities or those learning English. Schools may also continue paying vendors to help students complete college applications or financial aid forms, according to guidance sent to principals.
But other spending that isn’t directly tied to the coronavirus or transition to remote learning is not allowed. That includes teacher training that isn’t related to virtual instruction. Other purchases, such as musical instruments and office supplies, are not allowed either.
The UFT reaction from a Michael Mulgrew statement:
“I don’t think cuts should be made without talking to the stakeholders,” he said in a statement.
“Of course we don’t want to keep underused or repetitive professional development. But who is making that decision? Right now [the Office of Management and Budget] is making the decision — and they don’t have to deal with the impact,” Mulgrew continued. “Our mission is to protect funding that goes directly into classrooms and schools.”
Give him that seat at the table and he would be happy.