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 is both troublesome and unacceptable.
“I maintain that before Mayoral Control is extended, Mayor de Blasio and the DOE must provide the detailed expenditure reports required by New York State Education Law on how it spends the $9 billion in taxpayer money received by the state.
“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 apparent results. This type of reckless spending cannot continue.
“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 Teachers are forced to purchase their own supplies out-of-pocket, and educate their students with out-of-date textbooks, sometimes in temporary trailers parked on school grounds.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.”