Crowley Brings First Ever Participatory Budgeting Program To All District Schools

Crowley Brings First Ever Participatory Budgeting Program To All District Schools

The Council Member has created a civic engagement process in which students and parents will vote on how to spend over $2 million in local schools

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley has allocated $2.1 million for the first ever “Participatory Budgeting in Schools” process in New York City. In an effort to expand Participatory Budgeting, reach a greater number of local residents, and empower students and parents in the democratic decision-making process, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley is funding $100,000 in capital upgrades for 21 school communities in and near City Council District 30, totaling $2.1 million, to vote on capital upgrades for their school.

“This project will not only provide upgrades for local schools, but also give a lesson in civics to our students,” Crowley said. “Nobody knows the needs of our schools better than the students and parents.

Ultimately, I believe participatory budgeting in schools’ will empower the school community in a way that has not been done before. And when they participate, students and parents will see firsthand how their vote can make a difference.”

Each school will have three proposals on their ballots, and will vote for two. Elementary and middle school students will vote the week of March 24, and high schools the week of March 27. Proposals include capital projects such as:

  • Water Bottle Refill Stations
  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Smart Boards
  • Laptops
  • Smart Tables
  • Auditorium Renovations: audio-visual upgrades, lighting, curtains, and seats
  • Gym Renovations: floors, bleachers, and score boards

All ballots must be returned by March 31 to be counted.