NYC Comptroller John Liu Rejects Teacher Recruitment Contract

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City comptroller has rejected a $20 million teacher recruitment contract.

Comptroller John Liu said the 5-year contract was submitted by the Department of Education last month to recruit and train teachers from non-traditional backgrounds to become public school teachers.

Liu said Thursday that he rejected the contract for The New Teacher Project because $20 million seemed excessive at a time when the DOE is looking to lay off thousands of teachers.

The New York Times said the contract was rejected on technical grounds, and that the city planned to resubmit the contract within 30 days.

The city told the paper the rejection would hurt a program that recruits teachers to positions that are hard to fill. They include English as a second language and special education.

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  1. SI Krowd says:

    WELL IT SOUNDS GOOD BUT IT WILL PASS NEXT TIME AND NO STORY>>>>THIS IS HOW POLITICS WORK WATCH FOR THE SECOND REJECTION< IT WILL NEVER APPEAR

  2. Doc says:

    For all of you know it alls, here’s whats happening with “new”, cheaper teachers. After all, cheaper is the mainthing, isn’t it, not the education of children. The “new” teacher is very close in age to the older (senior and junior) students. “New” teachers don’t have the skill, knowledge or self discipline, for the most part, to properly discipline and teach the older students, so they become their friends and therein lies the dilema. The “new” teacher becomes a buddy instead of an educator and the best that can be hoped for is that the “new” teacher can properly chaperone the junior prom. Not all “new” teachers but, certainly, most “new” teachers.

  3. trixa says:

    Well done Mr. Liu! thats why i voted for you. He was at my son’s school last month for Chinese New Year celebration, such a great person, very humble.

  4. Jae says:

    Finally, someone who’s willing to stand up for what’s right. Thank you Mr. Liu.

  5. Gilberto Quintana says:

    Money, money, money! It is simple: lay off an experienced teacher at a higher salary and hire, with the same money, two inexperienced and untrained teachers. Quality on education? Who cares, money is the only thing that counts!

    1. Doc says:

      You are absolutely correct. My wife’s science department was decimated by this “policy”, a department which once had a 90% to 95% regents pass/fail ration now has a 10% pass/ fail ratio.

  6. Triple Deuce says:

    Comptroller John Liu is the only person that between between Bloomberg’s corporate greed and the total destruction of the middle class. It’s great to see a man like John Liu who embodies common sense and guts in an important position where he can make a difference.

  7. nomoredems says:

    crisis always brings out the pols true colors- at least now Mr Liu has made it clear where he stands- status quo puppet for the teachers union and protecting incompetent teachers- thank you Mr. Liu , your actions have spoken greater than campaign words.

  8. ffff says:

    so they want to ditch the old Italian ladies for young, inexperienced blacks?
    at what cost?

  9. GOING H.A.M. says:

    IT SEEMS LIKE THE BOARD OF ED NEEDS AN EDUCATION. THE MATH IS SIMPLE , LAYOFF TEACHERS AND HIRE NON-TEACHERS. GREAT IDEA. JUST THINK THAT WE PAY TAXES, AND SEND OUR CHILDREN TO CRASH DUMMIES TO EDUCATE.

  10. Gilberto Quintana says:

    Bravo Mr. Liu!. The City wants to lay off teacher already certified and at the same time it wants to trained people from other professions. It sounds silly. There are plenty of college programs available for those who want to become teachers. I taught for a quarter of a century and frankly, do not understand the logic behind some of the decisions of the DOE.

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