A new report says that New York public schools have dramatically increased hiring even as enrollments declined. The report comes as schools have avoided deep cuts so far in the state’s fiscal crisis while warning that layoffs would devastate education.
The Empire Center of the fiscally conservative Manhattan Institute says public schools hired over the last 10 years nearly 15,000 teachers and almost 9,000 administrators, guidance counselors and other support workers. The center reports today that enrollment dropped by more than 121,000 students during that time.
The New York State United Teachers union disputes the study, saying thousands of positions vacated by retirement have been eliminated and thousands of teachers this year face possible layoffs.