New York City’s public schools are at a crossroads. Mayoral control is up for renewal, and education experts have debated the merits of the Bloomberg Administration’s claims of rising test scores and increased graduation rates. But now, as New York State and New York City face perilous fiscal situations, New York City’s public school system faces the possibility of a critically severe budget cut. Governor Paterson has slashed $770 million in state aid to New York City’s public schools, which, in the absence of federal aid, could force Mayor Bloomberg to cut 14,000 teachers from the city’s public schools. How can the Governor and the Mayor remain committed to public education in the face of such a steep cuts? Will the federal stimulus bill come to the rescue of New York City's public school system?

Join the Institute for Education and Social Policy, the Wagner Policy Alliance, and the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association as we discuss the financial crisis facing New York City’s public schools. The event will be moderated by Amy Ellen Schwartz, Director of the Institute for Education and Social Policy at NYU. Networking reception with food and wine to follow immediately after.

Panelists include:
*Charles Brecher, NYU Wagner Professor of Public and Health Administration; Research Director for the Citizens Budget Commission
*George Sweeting, Deputy Director, New York City Independent Budget Office
*Joseph Colletti, United Federation of Teachers
*Ling Tan, Director of Budget and Financial Planning, New York City Department of Education