The budget of the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family is still the largest single budget of all Senate Departments and will grow by almost 500 million euros to around 5.6 billion euros this year alone. Around 5.6 billion euros have been budgeted for 2023 as well. Around 1,500 new jobs will be created for the schools this year and next. That alone means more than 750 additional teachers and other pedagogical staff such as educators, but also more positions for school social work, for administrative management and IT specialists at the schools. With the new budget, 20 new positions will also be created in the Senate administration to promote the digitalization of schools, administration and daycare centers. And with 39 additional permanent positions for school psychologists and another 26 temporary jobs in the SIBUZIn this way, the state of Berlin can respond even more specifically to the psychosocial consequences of the pandemic in children and young people.
Astrid-Sabine Busse, Senator for Education, Youth and Family: “With this double budget, the coalition is keeping what it promised: It is investing in a sustainable and targeted manner in good and fair education for everyone! What we are also continuing is the successful Berlin school building offensive. We create new buildings for new school places, we renovate a total of hundreds of existing buildings. These are investments for generations.”
The funds for school construction could also be secured at a high level, as well as funds for expanding the day-care center. The expenses for the district mothers will increase to 5.9 million euros in 2022 and a good 7 million euros in 2023. The Berlin Challenge project, which supports schools in difficult situations, has a total of 12 in the 2022/23 double budget million euros available.
In order to implement the civil servant status for teachers, 35 initially temporary employees will be added to the personnel department with the new double budget. And more good news: With the passing of the new budget, the period of preliminary budget management will soon be over. “I would like to thank all the democratic groups in the House of Representatives very much for that today,” said Senator Busse.