Ten million parking tickets are written every year in New York City, generating more than a half-billion dollars. The NYC Department of Finance cannot DIRECTLY have a law enforcement agency tow an out-of-city registered vehicle for scofflaw outside the city or for a parking violation outside the city, but they do have the authority to interrupt your registration validity statewide (thus nationwide), or levy your checking account for fines past due from scofflaw.
First of all, for the two thirds of the charters that are given space and services free in public school buildings – which we believe is illegal – amount to many millions of dollars in additional subsidies per year, and result in these students receiving more than the average per student funding that districts public schools receive, according to the an analysis from the Independent Budget Office.
Yet the IBO analysis actually underestimated the inequities in public funding for charters vs. public schools, as it did not include the fact that while NYC public school budgets are tied to student need through the fair student funding” formula – including the number of children in poverty, with disabilities and/or English language learners – the charter school aid formula is not.
According to the DOE, more than 7,000 NYC families received none of their top choices of public schools (up to ten) for Kindergarten next year, though the methodology for creating the waiting lists is still unclear and for the first time, DOE officials have refused to release complete figures for the number of zoned waiting list Kindergarten students at each individual public school.
These provisions are not protections, but actually provide unprecedented privileges to charters, as there are overcrowded communities in NYC that have waited twenty years for a new school to be built in their neighborhoods, but now any charter that wants to open up shop in a district and is authorized by the state will now be guaranteed space free of charge.