Lindsey Christ on NY 1 reported that the NYC Department of Education is spending much more on central bureaucracy now compared to when Mayor Michael Bloomberg was mayor.
Under Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Department of Education is spending a lot more on its staff at headquarters.
Under the preliminary budget the mayor unveiled Tuesday, the city would be spending 70 percent more on education bureaucrats than under Mayor Michael Bloomberg four years ago.
Later in the story Lindsey provides some specific figures:
The city spent $123 million on central staff at the Education Department in the year that began July 2013. That number has steadily grown to a projected $210 million in the year beginning this July 1.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew is interviewed in the story but he doesn't quite sound agitated about the increased spending on the central DOE bureaucracy. UFT criticism of the Mayor and Chancellor is usually quite mild these days.
The city argues that new programs like pre-K and Renewal Schools have forced the bureaucracy to expand. Their defense even sounds ridiculous.
Non personnel spending is up too at central.
Is anyone surprised?
We covered why hiring a "Senior Adviser for Talent Management" is a waste of money earlier this month.
Anyone else know of any excess spending by the DOE?