From The New York Times: After telling New York City’s public schools that they could not keep their parent-paid teaching aides, the city says it is working to return those aides to classrooms this fall. Inundated by complaints from parents, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein has proposed an arrangement that would allow teaching assistants who have been independently hired by schools with parent donations to continue working as employees of the Department of Education. Their salaries would be included in official school budgets, though still financed with the help of parent donations.
JULY 2009...from The New York Times: For years, top public schools in New York City have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from parents to independently hire assistants to help teachers with reading, writing, tying shoelaces or supervising recess. But after a complaint by the city’s teachers union, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has ordered an end to the practice.