FOIL FRIDAYS – Your School’s Finances

show me the money

It seems no one wants to show me the money (ie school’s taxpayer funded budget). The public should be alarmed. Actually, even a guy on a porch rocking chair in Kansas should be worried. He pays taxes and the funds get funneled one way or another to the NYC DOE and to our schools. Why is the money hidden Why has the budget not been furnished in over 440 days Chancellor’s Regulation A-655 states it should be furnished in five days after the request. Again…440+

See my previous post $HOW ME THE MONEY

Who did I ask for assistance with obtaining the budget Everyone. Principal, Superintendent, District Leadership Team, Community Education Council 31, Family and Community Engagement (FACE), Staten Island Federation of PTA, Children First Network 211, Cluster Leaders, the chancellor and now even the top finance office of the DOE,MichaelTragale.

Still nothing…

It gets worse. I thought it was just me that was prevented from seeing the budget. I spoke to other School Leadership Team members of other schools and found that they too are being blocked. See .


So I think everyone should use the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and make the request today. FOIL Friday.

It’s easy. Just copy the email below, change your school code and maybe the years and send to:


Dear Mr.Baranello,

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, please send me copies by Email of the following records:

1) Theline item annual financial report, expenditure report of R049 for fiscal year ending in 2011 and 2012 as well as the detailed 2012-2013 SLT view of the budget.

I would appreciate a response within five business days of receipt as required by law.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Please keep me posted on how it goes. We want to keep a registry of how many schools are denied.

Happy FOILing!

Also see what I have FOILed

About Francesco Portelos

Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.
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