2005-08-12 / Community

Weiner: Keep Best Teachers In Classroom

On Thursday, Representative Anthony Weiner unveiled his plan to keep the best teachers in New York City classrooms.

It’s the second of three days this week Weiner will spend detailing his plans to improve our public schools, and make them places where every student who wants to has a real chance to learn and excel.  Yesterday, Weiner detailed his plan for restoring discipline and safety to our public schools.

“We have to keep the best teachers in their classorms,” Weiner said, pointing out how that can be done.

Give Teachers a Pay Raise – To keep the best teachers in New York City classrooms, teacher salaries have to be more competitive with the surrounding suburbs.  As Mayor, Weiner will spend $678 million on pay raises for teachers to keep the best and the brightest in city schools.

Pay Teachers Extra to Teach at Hard to Staff Schools – The worst performing schools are where the best, most experienced teachers are needed the most.  As Mayor, Weiner will bump teacher salaries by 15% at hard to staff schools, an investment of $122 million.

Housing Assistance for Public School Teachers – Police who qualify under the “NYPD Home” program receive favorable mortgage financing from participating lenders, and a discount of up to $3,500 on closing costs.  As Mayor, Weiner will extend these benefits to public school teachers who have remained in the system for three years or more.

Fight for More Federal Funding for New York City Schools — When President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law, he promised to set higher standards for schools, teachers, and school administrators, and provide cities like New York with the funding to reach those standards. But he’s failed to live up to his promises, under funding the law by billions of dollars, including a $1.8 billion shortfall for New York City. As Mayor, Weiner will fight for full funding of the NCLB.

“Every classroom success story starts with a creative, caring teacher,” said Rep. Weiner.  “New York City has some of the best and the brightest, but they are increasingly being driven out of City schools because they simply can’t afford to stay here, and there are more well paying jobs out in the suburbs. Giving good teachers a pay raise is one of the best investments we can make in the future of our children.”

To pay for it, Weiner will cut or reform the bottom 5% percent worst performing city programs every year, effecting up to $1.7 billion in savings for the City.

In addition, Weiner will create a new 4.67% tax bracket for New Yorkers making $1 million a year or more in income, which would generate an additional $79 million in revenue for

the City.

And Weiner says he will fight to make the state pay taxes on their city owned real estate, a proposal that would generate $1.5 billion in additional revenue for the city.

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