A court in New York is staying the judge’s order to scrap the school’s $31 billion budget

Public school budgets in New York City will return — at least temporarily — to originally proposed levels as a state court battle to reverse cuts worth hundreds of millions.

The “automatic stay,” upheld Tuesday, stayed last week’s Supreme Court decision to release the Department of Education’s $31 billion operating budget pending a higher court hearing.

“Just weeks before classes are scheduled to begin, the order creates a great deal of confusion as to how the DOE and its 1,400 principals can practically prepare for the rapidly approaching school year,” the city’s attorneys wrote in their appeal.

“Over an extended period, the injunction may push the DOE to exceed its funding levels, which it cannot do, or simply run out of money mid-year,” they added.

The stay is scheduled until at least August 29, when oral negotiations will take place.

The cuts represent a small portion of the DOE’s overall budget, but a large portion of individual client allocations. According to City Comptroller analysis, the cuts total approximately $402,456 in cuts per individual school budget, or 8% of what principals can spend on staff and programs.

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The “automatic stay” broke last week’s decision by the Supreme Court to vacate the Department of Education’s $31 billion operating budget.
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As a result, schools have had to lay off hundreds of teachers who were still taxpayer-funded and cut back on arts and after-school programs.

The DOE estimates that clients take about 3,500 such “budget actions” every day over the summer, from hiring and transferring staff to ordering goods and services, according to court documents.

“The injunction upsets these thousands of lawsuits and the underlying eleventh-hour decision making,” the city’s attorneys wrote.

Proponents have countered that appealing the lawsuit perpetuates uncertainty and disrupts principals’ plans for the next school year.

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The cuts total $402,456 in cuts per individual school budget, or 8%.
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The city’s court filings also questioned whether Manhattan Superior Court Judge Frank Lyle’s decision could put the DOE in the “indefensible position of being under a court order to spend money over the course of a year that.” it doesn’t have”.

NYC Comptroller Brad Lander noted that an estimated $505.6 million in federal COVID assistance provided last year has yet to be committed, though the city has denied additional funds are available.

“It is at least destabilizing to turn back the clock on spending as if this year never happened and pretend the DOE is still flush with federal pandemic assistance and that student enrollment remains at previous levels.” , the city’s attorneys wrote.

An attorney for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/09/ny-court-pauses-judges-order-throwing-out-31-billion-schools-budget/ A court in New York is staying the judge’s order to scrap the school’s $31 billion budget


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