Friday, June 01, 2018
The DOE Refuses To Fund 41 Schools So They Can Hire A Full Time Guidance Counselor.
The DOE has a 25.5 billion dollar budget, yet they refuse to spend $5.2 million dollars to fill the vacant spots for a Guidance Counselor or Social Worker for 41 schools in the public school system. This is the very same DOE that has for years had the motto "children first" but for 41 schools the DOE refuses to allow the schools to hire a full time guidance counselor or social workers to provide critical services to the students. Just think, the DOE uses 24% of their budget on administrative overhead when the national average is 11%. Can't the DOE streamline the bloated Central Bureaucracy and provide the extra funds for these 41 Public Schools? Apparently, the answer is no
Chancellor Carranza must step in and take action to rid the bloated Central Bureaucracy of the Bloomberg/Klein ideology that shortchanges public schools with near recession budgets (90% of their fair funding) while even the City Comptroller has questioned why the DOE spends 24% of their budget on administrative functions?
In these 41 public schools, many students need social services that only a certified Guidance Counselor or Social Worker can provide. Not having a full-time Guidance Counselor or Social Worker is almost criminal. Yet the Bloomberg era administrators that allocate funds and make policy believe that if a school cannot provide professional services with their tight budget then it's the school's problem and not the DOE's.
I hope that Chancellor Carranza does what Carmen Farina did not do and that is to "clean house". Otherwise, schools will continue to be starved for funds while the DOE, flush with cash, will continue to spend money on their administrative overhead. "Children Last"....Always..