Why Does the NYC DOE Insist On Paying People To Do Nothing?
With the 'Rubber Room' Full of Teachers Who are Forbidden To Teach, and With Many 'NoShow' Administrators paid to do nothing but shop, why should NYC be given any more money?
While the lawsuit over the amount of funding being spent on New York City school children was a good idea, the actual fact of the matter is, we believe, that there is so much mismanagement of funds here in NYC that we need to hold off on getting the money until we can set up a system of accountability for performance and transparency of the budget to comply with the strictest of audits (that are never done). We need to cleen house first, then accept the added funds. Recent stories of ed administrators going shopping while they were supposed to be sitting in a room doing nothing (except earning $100,000+), and 40 teachers sitting around a 'rubber room' also getting paid to do nothing, as well as 'consultants' secretly hired to do ? for $millions, we need to ask ourselves and our school personnel, who is minding the store? Don't all taxpayers want every penny accounted for?
The NY POST got it right:
July 5, 2004 --
Meanwhile, as Chancellor Klein is try ing to hold principals accountable for poor job performance, it turns out that he has another problem: principals and assistant principals with no jobs to do.
It's a story that should be of interest to those who believe that "more money" is all New York City needs to make its public schools run right.
Last week, Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon busted five veteran assistant principals for being no-shows. But the punch line is that these assistant principals had no-work jobs: All five had temporarily been placed in a regional office last fall, awaiting reassignment following the Department of Education's reorganization.
However, while they were there - for three to six months - they were not assigned any specific duties. And they claimed that their union contract barred them from being required to do clerical or administrative work.
The city insisted that they still put in seven-hour, 40-minute days. Instead, these five went home or went shopping at Bloomingdale's, Kmart and Pier 1.
Skipping out on the job is inexcusable, and the city is justifiably seeking to terminate these assistant principals.
But even more egregious than the no-shows is the principals contract that makes it too difficult to move personnel within the system and doesn't allow the city to give them any work while they're in limbo.
Aside from the five who got busted, another 10 principals and assistant principals were on ice this year - sitting in regional offices for months with nothing to do.
Each is costing the city about $100,000 a year - or $1.5 million total.
And this is not even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to money the public school system wastes.
So should the state be sending billions more in education funding to a city that so mismanages the cash it already has?