IBO on City Budget: Ignore the Elephant, Blame Charters

In its report on the Mayor’s proposed budget for 2012, the NYC Independent Budget Office took another big step back from integrity on charter school issues. Issuing selective, one-sided revisions was apparently just the teaser: elephant-in-the-roomnow, for the main event, the agency is ready to discuss education policy and appoint charter schools as the main villain in its morality play. (Parents who have the temerity to demand that the district provide their special needs child with an appropriate placement are given a supporting role as well.)

The IBO’s big point is showing that the proposed budget includes more total money for charter schools. At the same time, the IBO points out that the Department of Education’s (DOE) “Services to Schools” budget line is being cut by $207 million, according to the IBO’s estimate. Sounds like charter spending is forcing cuts in district school spending, right?