The wealthiest 10 percent of New York school districts spent 80 percent more per student last year compared to the poorest 10 percent, according to the state’s largest teacher union.
The New York State United Teachers analysis found that during the 2012-13 school year, the wealthiest districts spent an average of $35,690 per student. The poorest schools spent an average of $19,823.
The union said the spending gap points to issues with the state’s 2 percent property-tax cap, which the group is trying to overturn in court. NYSUT filed its analysis as an addendum to its lawsuit against the state, which was first filed earlier this year.
“The way New York funds public education is already grossly inequitable, denying the poorest students with the greatest needs the rich array of programs and services they need for success -- services more affluent students get every single day,” NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi said in a statement. “What the tax cap does, in essence, is to take this grotesque educational inequality and accelerate it even more.