Common Sense Solutions for NYC’s Ailing Schools. Mayoral Control of the schools must be earned!

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican nominee and common sense alternative to Bill de Blasio in the race for mayor, released a 12 point plan to reform and restructure New York City’s Department of Education at a Wednesday morning news conference on the steps of New York’s City Hall.

The plan addresses both the educational and management problems that have saddled New York City with highest cost per pupil ($21,980- FY 2015) in the nation. While, at the same time New Yorkers hear near chronic reports of out of date textbooks and technologies, teachers paying for classroom supplies out of their own pockets, classes being held in cramped trailers placed in a school’s playground and an administration that disregards the most basic of financial controls, which, in fiscal year 2016, awarded $2.7 billion in contracts that, in fact, violated the Department of Education’s own contracting rules.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis referred to her plan, “as a plan that identifies many of the problems that plague our education system and presents common sense solutions for them.“

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “It currently costs the taxpayers of New York a staggering $21, 980 per student to educate the approximately 1.1 million students in our public school system.

“While New York City may have the highest education cost per student in the nation, questions still remain; are students receiving the best education possible and are their parents receiving good value for their tax dollars?

“Many New Yorkers feel the answer is a resounding ‘NO’ on both issues. This plan outlines some initial steps that must be taken if we are to reform and restructure how the NYC Department of Education operates and how they educate New York’s children.

“The NYC- DOE is a behemoth of public education which has an annual budget (FY 2015) that surpasses the total annual state budget of 30 states. Yet, it often pays no attention to the most basic of financial controls over its spending and employs a top heavy administration that can’t seem to fulfill the most basic mission of giving a quality education to all our children.

“This plan addresses some of the key administrative, financial and educational problems facing the NYC-DOE. It by no means addresses all the issues facing our schools and should be viewed as merely a starting point in reforming how the NYC-DOE operates.

“One of the points I feel very strongly about runs counter to the view expected from a candidate for mayor. I firmly believe that Mayoral Control of the schools must be earned and that a mandatory review by the state legislature, to ensure checks and balances, are in place to protect the education of our children. We also need to review what a diploma for NYC- DOE actually means. When 80% of public school graduates who enter the CUNY system are required to take remedial math, writing, and reading during their freshman year, something is definitely wrong.

“In a Malliotakis administration, education policies and programs will be refocused on one core mission; a great education for all our children and increased fiduciary responsibility by the NYC- DOE for our taxpayers.”

Read the Malliotakis Education Plan.