Chancellor Banks is moving forward with the New York school budget task force

After nearly two months, school chancellor David Banks makes a promise to set up a budget task force, the Department of Education said on Saturday.

Banks has yet to assemble the “team” he has promised to address complaints about the “fair student funding” formula, which largely determines how much money schools receive.

“I am ready to start organizing and planning by next week to fix this mess,” he declared at a May 18 public meeting.

On Saturday, the DOE told the Post, “We will begin inviting participants soon and will begin meetings over the next few weeks.”

The group will include parents, members of the education policy panel, an industry expert, DOE staff and community volunteers, the department said.

Meanwhile, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said she wanted to figure out how to restore the $215 million in DOE funding cuts proposed by Mayor Adams and passed by the City Council.

“We’ve heard from numerous parents concerned about these cuts — in addition to the thousands of emails and calls my office alone has received,” Brewer said. “In the context of the city’s $100-plus billion budget, $215 million is a drop in the bucket — and the money should be found.

“I’ve convened a panel of budget watchdogs, including the Comptroller’s Office, the Independent Budget Office and the Citizens Budget Commission, to help find the funds,” Brewer said.

Mayor Adams says student enrollment losses have forced the DOE to cut school budgets. Additionally, The Post reported that the city has reduced the per-student allocation schools will receive next year. Principals have been forced to cut programs and let teachers go.

Additional reporting by Cayla Bamberger

https://nypost.com/2022/07/09/chancellor-banks-moving-ahead-with-nyc-school-budget-task-force/ Chancellor Banks is moving forward with the New York school budget task force

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