Bloomberg on Education Cuts: ‘Straight to the Classroom’

Michael Bloomberg said the state’s reduction of about $600 million in funding to city public schools will “pretty much go straight to the classroom” and result in fewer teachers.

“We have as few administrators as our system can responsibly have,” said Bloomberg when I asked him about education aid during a press conference this afternoon at One Police Plaza. The reduced funding will result in “larger class sizes and fewer services,” he said.

When asked to elaborate on what he meant by “fewer services,” Bloomberg replied, “teachers,” and said, “I would love to keep class size down.” He thinks that will now be unlikely because of the funding cuts.

While Bloomberg would like the education aid restored, he may not make his solely on the argument of reducing class size. In September, Bloomberg said it was “so unambiguous” that teacher quality, not class size, impacted the quality of education students get. He also said, ““You could have lots more teachers and spend a lot more money but it’s not clear you’d do anything good.”

Bloomberg on Education Cuts: ‘Straight to the Classroom’