Public Schools Lose when we Subsidize Private Education

Op-Ed: Public Schools Lose when we Subsidize Private Education

Every family that sends their children to a public school in black and Latino neighborhoods in New York City knows that resources are in short supply and the basic educational needs of our children are often not met. Which is why it’s surprising and deeply concerning that, this week, the City Council just handed $20 million of public funding over to private schools.

On Monday, the New York City Council passed a law that leaves the public on the hook for a $20 million bill from private and religious schools. City Council Intro. No. 65-A requires the public to pay for the salary and training costs for at least one security guard at nonpublic schools that enroll at least 300 students and two or more guards at schools that enroll more than 500 students. The new law is a bad use of money that will cost the city millions.

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