The City Controller, Bill Thompson found that the DOE has cost overruns of $700 million dollars for "goods & services" that, for the most part, are non-educational in nature. The New York Post article quoted Bill Thompson as saying "It's reprehensible that the Department of Education plays by its own rules and goes on some insane spending spree," Bill Thompson, is one of many officials at a City Council hearing who ripped what he called the department's lack of transparency.
Bill Thompson also attributed the "runaway" costs to the fact that one of every five department contracts that concluded in fiscal years 2007 and 2008 overran its original estimate by at least 25 percent.
He said that so far this fiscal year that figure had inched upward to 27 percent, taking money away vital education services.
"DOE's failure to accurately determine its expenditures prevents it from negotiating the best prices for goods and services, and is contrary to sound business practices," he wrote in a letter to Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.
Where is the accountability? It is obviously not at Tweed where cost overruns, non-bid contracts, and highly-paid consultants are the rule while the schools starve for adequate funds to provide services for their students.
"Children Last" continues.