Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “The State of New York spends more per student than any other state in the nation, and 87% above the national average. The failure of those dollars to translate into an improved New York City school system truly worries me. While many argue that mayoral control should be extended, and I agree, I believe we need systemic change from New York City DOE before we can trust Mayor de Blasio with extended control.
“The DOE must provide detailed expenditure reports prescribed by New York State Education Law. The City of New York must comply with this requirement outlining how it spends the $9 billion in taxpayer money allocated by the state, and they haven’t done so.
“This mayor has added so much bureaucracy to the department of education by nearly tripling the agency’s expenditures for central administration since taking office.
“Further examination is also needed of the city’s Schools Renewal program that has pumped hundreds of millions in tax dollars into failing schools and issued $40 million in contracts to high priced consultants without results.
“The state should have hearings on the city’s spending practices before granting an extension of mayoral control.
“As a product of the New York City public school system, I’m heartbroken by its current state.Teachers are forced to purchase their own supplies out-of-pocket, and educate their students with out-of-date textbooks, sometimes in temporary trailers parked on school grounds. This is simply unacceptable and before I’ll give my approval on mayoral control, this mayor needs to take real concrete steps toward improving the situation.”