This video series is designed for students, parents, and advocates to find and understand the budget of the individual school relevant to them. The first video is an introduction to NYC’s budgeting process and the second a quick primer on how to find a school budget. The next videos explain how to read and understand a school budget–with each video explaining complex concepts including the sources and use of funds. Please contact email@example.com with any further questions or suggestions you may have after watching the series and fill out our survey.
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1. Timeline for School Budgeting: This video summarizes key dates for when the NYC Mayor and City Council negotiate the budget for New York City and, specifically, the budget for the Department of Education (now rebranded as NYC Public Schools). The video also highlights certain key dates for community education groups that make budget related decisions.
4. School Allocation Memos (SAMs): Video #4 explains what SAMs are, how SAMs relate to a school’s budget, and discusses the important components of SAMs including how funding allocations to schools are determined and how schools can use funds.
What budget related information these videos DO include: These videos review the funds that can be seen on a school budget as available on a school’s DOE website. At the end of the 2021-2022 school year (sometimes referred to as 2022), $13.5 billion was allocated directly to school budgets out of the Department of Education’s (DOE) $31.6 billion operating budget (43 percent).
What budget related information these videos DO NOT include:These videos do not cover all the funds that support a school. The DOE centrally manages funding for various school operations and positions. Some examples include janitorial services and school safety agents. These videos also do not cover capital funding to build new schools or make capital improvements to existing school buildings.