|NYC Chancellor Richard Carranza|
The budget for 2019-2020 is $34 billion. Yep, that's right, $34 BILLION with a "B".
News reporters have cited statistics such as:
The DOE employs 1,189 educrats making $125,000 to $262,000 a year. All have desk jobs at Tweed Courthouse or in borough offices, records obtained by The Post show. Of those, 50 execs take home $200,000-plus — more than double the 21 at that salary level in fiscal year 2018.
That does not count Carranza, who collects $363,000.
Despite the army of six-figure supervisors, the DOE still pays high-priced consultants.
The DOE just inked a two-month, $1.2 million contract with Accenture LLP to advise the chancellor on school-reopening options, including a mix of classroom and remote learning.
Accenture staffers bill up to $425 an hour. That’s on top of another three-year Accenture contract costing the DOE $1.7 million a year for management advice.
The Office of School Wellness, under executive director Lindsey Harr, promoted 19 employees to supervisory posts over the past year — with pay hikes up to 45 percent.
Harr’s own salary ballooned $41,416, or 28 percent, to $189,041. She paid a consultant $19,000 to advise her on the reorganization.
In what a fed-up staffer called “favoritism,” Harr let two employees who were working part-time bump up to full-time. Their boosted salaries of $103,211 and $112,791 kicked in in March, just as schools closed and they could work from home.
“The timing shows that they are taking advantage of the system,” the staffer said. “They get a financial benefit during a global pandemic, while first-responders have to find help or send their kids to city-run child-care centers.”
Harr promoted another employee to “senior director of implementation,” making $185,944 a year. The DOE said she supervises a team of 45 who help schools meet PE and health-ed requirements.
The senior director of implementation, in turn, appointed four “directors of implementation” to supervise the 45 staffers — about 10 each. Three of the directors received 40-percent pay hikes to $110,419; the fourth makes $118,418.
How do principals falsify the books to satisfy budgetary interests? Principals put only a general education teacher in an ICT class, where two teachers, one special ed and the other general ed, are supposed to co-teach, but this does not happen in reality. Unless the teacher of this class speaks out, no one would know. The facts of this fraud are hidden, because the school says that there are "two teachers", and both the Special education teacher and the general education teacher are listed as employees of the school, so the paperwork shows that everything is as it should be. Only it's not.
We find out exactly what the truth is when we at ADVOCATZ do a 3020-a for a teacher who is charged with incompetency, yet was observed in his/her classroom, an ICT classroom, with only him or her teaching that day or that period.
Below is a chart prepared for a 3020-a case where a general education teacher had multiple observations rated "developing" or "ineffective", then was charged with 3020-a:
The column on the far left are the charged evaluations numbered and submitted by the NYC DOE attorney. The column on the far right shows that if the class was designated as ICT, there was no special education teacher present on that day at the time of the evaluation. The "N/A" means that the class was not an ICT class.
We believe that it is unfair to evaluate a teacher in an ICT class when a second teacher is not present. NYSUT attorneys ignore this point in the hundreds of transcript pages I have read where the educator was represented by a NYSUT attorney. Having one teacher in a classroom is also a violation of the UFT contract, but most educators do not grieve this. They should.
“The DOE has long been bloated and pumped money into pet projects, overpriced consultants, and progressive pandering,” says Staten Island Councilman Joseph Borelli.
NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza dropped $270 million on iPad tablets and
related paraphernalia without first clearing the deal with the teachers union.Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office
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