Education Week is reporting on an Empire Center's report that says over the past decade "public schools hired nearly 15,000 teachers and almost 9,000 administrators, guidance counselors and other support workers over the last 10 years as enrollment dropped by more than 121,000 students. The New York State United Teachers union disputed the study.".
Earlier this week, the New York State United Teachers union refused a request by Democratic Assemblyman Sam Hoyt of Buffalo to consider voluntarily postponing their raises and automatic step increases in pay this year to avoid layoffs and save $1 billion.
In a sign of the desperate nature of the situation, Gov. Paterson has held up a $2.1 billion payment to schools usually paid on March 31 while suspending hundreds of state construction projects.
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