Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have issued their school reopening plan:
"The New York City Office of Management and Budget has projected a $7.4 billion loss in tax revenue due to the pandemic across previous expectations for the fiscal year 2020-21. The DOE’s fiscal 2020-21 budget of $34.2 billion includes $27.5 billion in operating funds and another $6.7 billion in education-related pensions and debt service funds."
Add to these numbers the fact that there is no accountability for the spending of a large percentage of these funds, and no management team at the Chancellor's level to design effective strategies and implementation, and you can realize how big the crisis is at the DOE. My many sources inside the DOE tell me in despair that there is no inter-departmental collaboration or communication. The left foot does not know what the right foot is doing.
I attended the meeting in Manhattan on the continuance of Mayoral control several months ago, (I oppose Mayoral control) and I heard New York State Assembly Education Committee Chair Michael Benedetto warn all speakers that no criticism of Mayor de Blasio or Chancellor Richard Carranza would be allowed. He repeated this warning several times, as speaker after speaker did not follow his advice, including me. Carranza appeared for about 1/2 hour and gave his statement about how wonderful he (Carranza) was, then left.
Excellent project management is no secret. There are steps that must be taken to assure completion in a timely fashion:
The project scope statement
- A project statement of work (SoW), which is a detailed breakdown of all work to be performed by a project team and any important elements that may impact the outcome
- Constraints that might limit or negatively impact the outcome of the project, including resources, procurement issues, timing, or lack of information
- Scope exclusions, which can be anything that will not be part of the project or its deliverables
- Milestones that provide the exact date that something will be delivered or completed
- The final deliverables that will be provided to the customer at the end of the project — for example, a report, a software feature, any process insights or analysis, or any product or service that a customer needs
- Acceptance criteria that spell out exactly how success will be measured
- Final approval whereby the customer will sign-off on the scope statement confirming that all parameters have been included and the document is complete and accurate
- Work with key stakeholders to define and create a scope statement by identifying what is within scope, and out of scope. Collaborating with stakeholders helps to ensure essential things do not fall through the cracks.
- Identify, document, and communicate assumptions. Assumptions are those elements that relate to the project that are assumed to be true for the duration of the project. Assumptions are necessary to provide an estimate of the cost and schedule to deliver the project’s scope during the planning phase of a project.
- Gain buy-in for the scope statement with the stakeholders who are most impacted to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
School-reopening plans ought to put the kids — not the adults — firstPost Editorial Board, July 30, 2020