There is ample evidence that a good place to look for budget cuts is the bloated Central Bureaucracy at the DOE at a time when the Mayor and his poodle, the Chancellor has threatened to lay off 4,666 teachers. Even in this time of a dire need to cut the budget, Tweed has proposed to increase the Central Bureaucracy by 10% and increase consultant and computer costs by substantial amounts. While that is incredible, the most unbelievable aspect of the DOE Administrative Bloat is a lack of an investigation by the mass media on why so much money is being spent that have no direct impact on the classroom?
It is not that the politicians don't know it. One of the most asked questioned by the New York City Council hearing about the budget was why Tweed and the City was not reducing Administrative headcount and costs while threatening to layoff 4,666 teachers? It looks to me that our media outlets have chosen not to spotlight the DOE Administrative bloat for political reasons. Even the Mayor's poodle, the Chancellor has ignored the increase in Administrative costs in his testimony in front of the City Council. Instead he tells people the teacher layoffs are inevitable and we must end "last in' first out" or LIFO. However, he is very quiet when it comes to the Administrative bloat at the DOE.
Let's look at some of the numbers at Tweed.
- An increase of 218 employees in the Central Bureaucracy and a failure to cut the headcount previously as they promised to do.
- An increase of $40 million in outside consultant services.
- An increase of $36 million in computer consultants.
- $5 million for "Teach For America" when there is a job freeze for teachers.
- $20 million for the "Teaching Fellows" program despite a job freeze.
- A 22.1% increase in non-educators for the next school year.
- Demanding carefully saved funds from the schools be returned to Tweed.
Update: To prove my point the New York Post Editorial Board spoke with Dennis Walcott and never brought up the Administrative bloat at the DOE as an issue. You can read a summary here.