Judge says he plans to vacate city education budget – Spectrum News NY1

by | Aug 4, 2022 | Education

A state judge says he intends to issue a ruling vacating the Department of Education’s $38 billion budget because the mayor and City Council didn’t follow the proper procedure in passing it.Judge Lyle Frank says his order — which he plans to hand down Friday — would nullify the current budget, revert the DOE to the previous fiscal year’s budget, and give the City Council a chance to vote on this year’s budget again, if council members so choose.
That would essentially give the City Council a do-over on a vote some members have said they now regret because the budget passed in June contained deep cuts to school funding due to lower enrollment.
“They can own that and do what they need to do to fix these mistakes,” said Tamara Tucker, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to Frank’s decision. “And this may give them a chance to fix the budgets in a way that would restore the cuts that have been made directly to school budgets.”
Tucker says her children’s school, P.S. 125 in Manhattan, stands to lose as much as $800,000.
“There will be no art, no music, no outside enrichment. There is a struggle to get enough paraprofessionals for the students who have mandated IEPs,” Tucker said.
But the lawsuit is not actually focused on the cuts themselves. Instead, the plaintiffs argue the city violated state law by failing to having a hearing on the education portions of the budget and a vote from the Panel for Educational Policy before the C …

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