Category Archives: Education

The City’s 2015-2019 Capital Plan for Public Schools: How Many New Seats & When Will They Be Ready?

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Timeline for Design Start and Estimated

Completion of New Capacity Seats

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  • Under the recently adopted fiscal year 2015-2019 capital plan for schools, 62 percent of the 32,560 new seats will be completed within the five-year plan period, including projects that had been funded for design but not construction under the previous plan. Another 21 percent of the seats are expected to be completed in time for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Including seats scheduled for completion after 2019-2020, design will begin for 79 percent of the new seats during the five-year plan period. Design for most of the other seats began during the preceding plan.
  • An average of 5,907 seats is expected to be completed each year from 2017-2018 through 2021-2022; over 95 percent of the new seats will be available by the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
  • The period from design to completion is typically expected to take from three to four years.

Prepared by Sarita Subramanian
New York City Independent Budget Office

SOURCE: IBO analysis of Department of Education data

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New York City By The Numbers

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How Long Is the Commute for New York City High School Students From Their Homes to Their Schools?

  • Citywide, the average high school student’s commute to school—by subway, bus, or foot—in school year 2011-2012 was estimated to take 32 minutes. In comparison, the commutes for city residents to jobs in the five boroughs averaged 39 minutes in 2012.
  • More than 1 in 5 high school students had commutes of 45 minutes or longer.
  • There was significant variation across census tracts in the share of students with longer commutes, reflecting both access to transit and school choice preferences.
  • The city’s Department of Education allows “hardship transfers” for high school students with commutes of more than 75 minutes. Less than 3 percent of high school students had commutes that long in school year 2011-2012.
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    The Geography of Student Commutes Longer Than 45 Minutes to School, School Year 2011-2012

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    Prepared by Asa Wilks
    New York City Independent Budget Office

    SOURCES: IBO analysis of Department of Education Data, American Community Survey
    NOTES: Calculations based on GoogleMaps estimate of trip times as of January and February 2014 between each student’s home and school address. Calculations reflect commuting time during business hours for students attending New York City high schools during the 2011-2012 school year. Trip duration includes walking time.

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    New York City By The Numbers

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    How Many Students Attend Nonpublic K-12 Schools in New York City?

    New York City Public Schools: Have Per Pupil Budgets Changed Since 2010-2011?

    Where Do NYC’s Teachers and Principals Live Compared With Where They Work?

    Teachers

    • 67% of the 70,328 teachers live within the five boroughs
    • Teachers in Queens and the Bronx are the most likely to live outside the five boroughs
    • 81% of Staten Island teachers live in the same borough as they work, as do 57% of Brooklyn teachers

    chart1nycbtn19Principals

    • 66% of the 1,570 principals live within the five boroughs
    • Principals in the Bronx and Queens are the most likely to live outside the five boroughs
    • 69% of Staten Island principals live in the same borough as they work, as do 45% of Brooklyn principals

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    Print version available here.

    New York City By The Numbers

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