Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Where Did The DOE Job Losses Come From? Not From Tweed!
The Chalkbeat New York published information that came from the Independent Budget Office (IBO) that showed that there was a 3.3% decrease of 4,496 DOE employees since 2002. Now one would think that the Bloomberg Administration's claim that they reduced the headcount at the Central Bureaucracy was really reduced. Wrong! The headcount actually increased while the schools suffered a 14% budget cut since 2007. Previously, I wrote about the headcount and said this:
While the New York City Public School System has shown a reduction of 8,000 teachers (80,000 to 72,000) and a rising class size as more students enter the school system, the headcount at the Central Bureaucracy just increases. Tweed claims that they reduce their headcount but in reality they simply play a "shell game" by forcing schools and field offices to take on headcount that are really from the Central Bureaucracy. While it is difficult to ascertain the actual numbers because Tweed lacks transparency, there is no question that there has been an increase in non-educators in the DOE. The last numbers I saw showed that there was a 70% increase in headcount at the Central Bureaucracy since 2003. In City Council testimony during October 2012, Michael Mulgrew stated how a Deputy Chancellor bragged about how there was a decrease of 32% to school support services since 2006. Where did the savings go? Not to the schools. Instead it went to hire more consultants, managers and lawyers at Tweed, that's where. While I have no idea how much can be saved by streamlining and eliminating the redundant and useless bloat at Tweed, I suspect that $1 billion dollars would be a conservative figure for annual savings.
Nothing in the IBO report, changes this statement in my previous post. In addition to a reduction of 8,000 teachers by attrition, the Bloomberg Administration laid off 1,179 school aides since 2007 including 530 back in 2009. If you simply add the reduction of the teaching staff with the layoffs of school aides, it comes to approximately 9,200 school employees who no longer are DOE employees, not including other school personal. Since the DOE has lost 4,496 employees, that leaves an additional 4,200 employees unaccounted for. Of course, these additional employees can be found at Tweed and the Central Bureaucracy along with their support organizations. Instead of reducing the headcount at the Central Bureaucracy and Tweed, the opposite happened. Yes since 2002 the headcount actually increased a minimum of 4,500 employees and probably more if we include other school staff attrition rates not included in the article.In other words, while the schools saw massive reductions in DOE employees since 2002, the opposite happened at Tweed and the Central Bureaucracy.
Hopefully, the new Mayor and Chancellor needs to streamline the bloated DOE Bureaucracy and redirect the savings to the schools. Nothing less should be acceptable since its "children first" right, right?