Scott Stringer Wants Freeze On Non-Essential Dept. Of Education Contracts

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – As City Hall plans to eliminate as many as 6,000 New York City teachers, there is a demand for more accountability at the Department of Education.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond: Scott Stringer Says Use Of Contracters Has Exploded Since 2004

After several scandals, the Department of Education’s use of outside consultants has been coming under increased scrutiny with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer demanding the agency put a freeze on all new non-essential contracts, pending a review.

“New Yorkers are fed up with these abuses and we cannot allow consulting contracts to become the new political patronage of our time,” Stringer said Wednesday.

Stringer was backed up by United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew, who said, “Their job is to manage the finances and to help the schools. Well, they’re not managing the finances and, therefore, the schools aren’t getting the help they deserve.”

Stringer’s outline for reform comes a day after the department’s former CFO was cited for using outside contractors to set himself up for a job in the private sector.

“Boss Tweed may have built the Tweed Courthouse as a monument to his corrupt ways, but that doesn’t mean the Department of Education should continue the tradition,” said Stringer.

He noted that the use of outside consultants has exploded since 2004 and the contracts are kept hidden from public view.

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  • SickOfBloomberg

    Pinch me!!! Someone is actually trying to expose Bloomberg’s corruption?!?!?!?! The fact is that NO LAYOFFS are necessary if someone would stop the Troll Mayor from his abusive financial indiscretions and secret dismantling of the PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCES to benefit his cronies and perosnal business contacts. They need to expose Klein next and his “sudden” departure and new job.

  • kendra

    from i have found out about the educational system its really about the teaching of the kids that wants the teachers want to teach but if you really think about nothing in this world is free so they need to stop buting a freeze on the educational system allt oghter and get with the program and give them more of a raise instead of butting contracts on freeze cause we might better results out of the teachers also.

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