Unsurprisingly, the final report from the task force released on Nov. 19, and was widely criticized, including by many of its members:
In a scathing article in Fast Company, entitled The first effort to regulate AI was a spectacular failure, Albert Fox Cahn, a member who quit midstream, described how the city had stalled and stalled giving the Taskforce the data and algorithms they needed to make any informed judgements:
This is an important goal, as the current capital plan funds 57,000 seats but has sites for fewer than 17,000 and the process of locating sites is often so slow it can take the School Construction Authority up to twenty years to site a single school in overcrowded communities. Partly as a result of this dysfunctional process, more than 500,000 students attend overcrowded schools, according to the DOE’s own metrics.
- For example, in District 9 in the Bronx, four sites were removed for "small number of seats to site" yet the capital plan contains 952 seats funded but unsited.
- Five potential sites were eliminated in District 15 in Brooklyn, with the explanation given that there are only “small number of seats to site” and/or “no sites needed” in the district, even though there are 1,396 district seats in the capital plan that are not yet sited.
- District 11 had 17 sites removed with the explanation offered of “small number of seats to site” while there are 2,124 seats funded in the district capital plan without sites.
- District 31 on Staten Island had 216 sites removed for “all seats sited” and 345 sites removed for “small number of seats to site” yet there are 3,844 D31 seats in the capital plan without sites.
- Any Task Force created by the Council should include sufficient representation from stakeholder groups as well as the City Council itself, and be chaired or co-chaired by a Council Member or staffer.
- From the outset, all there should be a vigorous public outreach and participation built into the law – so that as many good ideas as possible are gathered, and most importantly, so that the Taskforce can help expand the constituency for change.
- Finally, if the Mayor’s office denies critical information to a Task Force necessary for it to do its work, the Council should consider using their subpoena power.