Analysis Shows 2.5% Increase In NY School Spending

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -

A new analysis by the fiscally conservative Empire Center shows spending per pupil in the 669 school districts outside New York’s five largest cities will increase by 2.5 percent next year.

The analysis says that’s nearly twice the projected inflation rate, and the school districts’ property tax levies per pupil will increase by 2.1 percent in the 2015-16 school year.

The center’s so-called School Budget Spotlight focuses on enrollment-adjusted changes in budgets proposed by districts that have submitted data for the state Education Department’s annual school property tax report cards.

The report notes that only 20 districts reported proposed tax levies that exceed their property tax caps, while 301 were within $1,000 of their caps.