City Council says it has solution to pay for more teachers and reduce class size

The City Council says it has come up with a solution to pay for more teachers and reduce class size. Elected officials however, say the mayor doesn?t agree with their suggestions and they?re hoping to sort things out before the budget is finalized.

The City Council wants to use the $380 million from the Income Tax Surcharge for reducing class sizes in the city. Elected officials say since the tax was enacted two years ago, the money was never used for education.

Mayor Bloomberg has announced funding for education in the budget, but the City Council says it is not enough. Bloomberg?s funding includes reducing class size, more teacher mentoring, and better language programs for kids who don?t speak English.

Elected officials must approve the budget by June 30th. According to the Independent Budget Office and the Mayor?s Management Report, more than 23 percent of students in kindergarten to third grade are in classes with more than 25 students.

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