We are now down to five weeks before Election Day. The race for Mayor of Buffalo is getting more intense. Sound-bite politics and TV ads (just from Brown so far) are starting to drown out any serious discussion about important issues. One of those issues concerns Buffalo public schools.
Over the years there have been various attempts to involve the mayor and the Buffalo Common Council in the management of the Buffalo School District. The efforts have mostly gone nowhere. The city government role in the District, of course, already exists through the city’s financial contribution to the operations of the system.
The major player in district finances is the State of New York, which during the current fiscal year provides $810 million – approximately 83 percent of the $972 million annual budget. With that money come myriad responsibilities imposed by the State Education Department.