Tag Archives: teacher evaluation deal

Bloomberg budget takes aim at after-school programs, teachers’ jobs


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The Child Center of NY

When millions in after-school program funding was cut in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget last year, parents held rallies, wrote letters and made phone calls until the City Council restored $150 million, saving these programs for thousands of children.

The support greatly touched Deep Ghosh, director of youth development for The Child Center of NY, which provides 15 after-school programs in Queens — and he hopes it will move him once again.

The after-school program money that was restored last year will run out in late June, and, despite protests, the mayor’s Fiscal Year 2014 preliminary budget still axed 700,000 hours, or around $135 million, from these programs.

“Just like last year, 47,000 children are set to lose access to after-school and early education programs – programs proven to help children succeed while parents work to support their families,” said Michelle Yanche, assistant executive director for government and external relations at Good Shepherd Services. “The same parents and providers will be forced to fight for the same funding that they were just given a few months ago. How can this be happening, after all we’ve heard from our city leaders about making children a priority?”

“I think people underestimate the value that [after-school programs] bring to developing young people into well-rounded individuals,” said Ghosh.

The Child Center of NY depends on approximately 75 to 80 percent of its funding from the city’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), said Ghosh.

With these cuts, around 1,000 of their children would not have programming that keeps them safe and helps support working parents, he said.

During last year’s proposed cuts, some parents told Ghosh that they would need to quit their jobs if there were no afterschool programs for their children.

Though the mayor’s budget included $6.5 billion in savings, it also made other cuts affecting the city’s students, after millions in funding and grants were lost when teacher evaluation talks failed last week.

According to the mayor, these cuts could result in the loss of 700 teachers through attrition this year, $67 million less for school supplies and the reduction of extracurricular funds.

For a full summary of the mayor’s financial plan, visit www.nyc.gov/html/omb.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 50. Windy. Winds from the West at 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Thursday night: Clear. Low of 28. Windy. Winds from the West at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Dictator Game

The Dictator Game at the LIC Clocktower is a participatory game show during which audience members come onstage. One participant receives some money and has the option to share it or not. More power goes to the second participant and so on, making the exchange relationship more complex as the game progresses. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cuomo may force city teacher evaluation deal

Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to impose a teacher evaluation deal on the city and teachers union if the sides cannot agree to one on their own. Read more: NY1

Flushing supermarket denied rooftop parking lot at busy intersection

A plan to put a 49-car parking lot over a busy Flushing supermarket was recently shot down by the city despite the support of local officials. Read more: New York Daily News

Attorney: Woman accused of subway push not fit

Defense attorneys for a woman accused of shoving a man to his death from a New York City subway platform are contesting a ruling that she is mentally fit for trial. Read more: ABC New York

FEMA disaster recovery centers end Sunday hours

The city’s 17 Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers will no longer be available on Sundays. Read more: NY1

New York Times says China hacked paper’s computers

Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated The New York Times’ computer systems over the past four months, stealing reporters’ passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of a top Chinese leader, the newspaper reported Thursday. Read more: ABC New York

Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad “racist”

Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. Read more: Reuters

GM recalls 12,415 cars for possible bolt, airbag issues

General Motors Co is recalling 12,415 cars in the United States to address issues with what may be improperly tightened suspension bolts and faulty airbags, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators. Read more: Reuters