Thursday, April 03, 2014
The Ideologues At The DOE Finds Another Way To Waste Money At The Expense Of The Students.
A highly-regarded large comprehensive school located in Northeast Queens has a serious financial issue and ended up owing the DOE $240,000 for the 2013-14 school year. Despite excessing 20 teachers and having the second most oversized classes in the City as the school year started. The DOE put the school on an installment plan to pay the DOE back the money it owes. The school has since suffered from packed classes, lack of resources, and encouraging many teachers to take a "sixth class" in their subject area to save on teacher salaries.
This spring a Physical Education teacher decided to retire and her classes were given to an ATR with a Physical Education license for what was assumed to be for the rest of the year. The school put the ATR's name on the attendance sheets and the school report cards for the students. However, after six weeks of being the teacher of four gym and one health class the ATR was given a new school to go to the next week. Thinking it was a typical DOE mistake, the ATR spoke to the Principal who was told by the DOE that it was no mistake, since it would cost the school an extra $9,000 to keep the ATR at the school to the end of the year and the school does not have the money to pay the DOE. Therefore, the ATR must go back to the weekly rotation pool.. When the Principal inquired about fundraising through the PTA to cover the $9,000 the DOE's response was that if the school made $9,000, then the DOE would take it as payment for the money the school still owes.
The Principal didn't want weekly rotating teachers for the five classes so he did the only thing possible. He gave the five physical education teachers a "sixth period". Since the DOE pays for the "sixth period for teachers in their subject area", the DOE will now be giving the school an extra $27,000 to cover the "sixth period classes". That's right, the DOE refused to give the school $9,000 to keep the ATR for the year or even to allow the school to fundraise to cover the cost. Instead they are giving the school $27,000. Go figure?
This is just another example of the ideologues running the DOE.with their ideology being more important than what's most important for the students, Just another case of "children last". You just can't make these things up.