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New York City spent $27 billion education in 2015 and, at $21,980 per student, it is more expensive than any school district in the nation. But too much of this money never actually reaches the classroom. Too much goes towards contracts with high-priced consultants and vendors and central administration while teachers are forced to pay for classroom supplies out of their own pockets, students lack up-to-date textbooks and technology, and classes are being held in trailers parked on the school playground. This is wrong and unacceptable.

Comptroller Scott Stringer reported that in Fiscal Year 2016, the Department awarded $2.7 billion in contracts without full competition — representing 64% of the agency’s total contract spending. And earlier this year, NY1 reported that, under de Blasio, DOE spending on central administration has grown significantly.

Nicole Malliotakis will work to reduce the bureaucracy in central administration and audit all DOE contracts to ensure that education funding is being properly spent and gets to the schools where it can do the most good. She will work with all public school parents to make sure students receive a sound basic education. Under the current administration, the Mayor has chosen to pit parents, teachers, principals, and school leaders against one another rather than finding common ground upon which to help improve teaching and learning.

 

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