Mayor's budget allocates funds for Bronx schools to alleviate overcrowding

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein presented the mayor's proposed portion of the education budget to the City Council's Education Committee Tuesday. The mayor's education plan relies on $6.5 billion from Albany.

Already included in the proposed budget is money to build new schools in the Bronx to help alleviate overcrowding. There is also funding set aside for much needed repairs at a number of schools. In addition, schools are slated to have security cameras installed.

Councilman Oliver Koppel (D-Riverdale) says the education portion of the budget is on the right track, but adds that Bronx schools still need more funding.

This is the first time the City Council has the authority to approve or reject the Department of Education's plan for building new Bronx schools or repairing existing ones. The City Council and mayor are still negotiating the terms of the budget. The city's fiscal year begins July 1.

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